Chelsfield Primary

Food Policy


At Chelsfield Primary School we recognise the importance of food in our lives. We know that healthy eating is vital for good health and we understand that there is a strong link between a healthy diet and effective learning. We also recognise the importance of food related skills in enriching our social development and in celebrating, nurturing and increasing our appreciation of cultural diversity. We have been working towards the Healthy Eating strand of the Healthy Schools Award and recognise that ‘Being Healthy’ is so important for everyone in our school community


The general aim of Chelsfield School is to provide a stimulating, purposeful, educational environment enabling children to develop academically and socially in a cheerful atmosphere, so preparing each child for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

More specifically – through our food policy – we will endeavour

  1. To maintain or improve the health of the whole school community through education – increasing knowledge and understanding of what constitutes a balanced diet and how to ensure that food is prepared healthily and safely.
  2. To ensure that children are well nourished at school – that we practise what we preach! - with every child having access to safe, tasty and nutritious food and water during the school day.
  3. To increase children’s knowledge of where their food comes from, food production, manufacturing , distribution and marketing and how these will impact upon their own lives and the environment
  4. To ensure that the food provision in school reflects the ethical and medical needs of the staff and pupils e.g. catering for the needs of religious groups, vegetarians, people with specific food-related allergies.
  5. To meet the nationally agreed and locally accredited Healthy School standard in

Healthy Eating.


These aims will be met in lessons through a cross-curricular approach, through shared eating

times and through social and pastoral activities.

  • Curriculum

Within the PSHE curriculum healthy eating, food safety and an understanding of where our food comes from, will be taught. Where possible this will be linked to other curriculum areas

For example;

Art – observational drawing of fruit, healthy eating posters

DT – recipes, food preparation and cooking

English – instructions – recipes

Maths – weights and measures

PE – healthy eating and exercise

Science - healthy lifestyles, effects of heat on food, bacteria, how plants grow

RE – the rich diversity of other cultures and times

Geography - where food comes from, sustainability

History – how people used to eat, Tudor explorers- scurvy, Victorians - rich and poor

Opportunities to support and extend the curriculum will be made through

  • external visits e.g. to the local supermarket
  • local initiatives e.g. Mid Devon Primary Care Trust Eating Well grants
  • visitors e.g. local food producers, cooking demonstrations,
  • healthy eating projects e.g. design a healthy school dinner competition
  • Health Awareness weeks, DDS special days,


  • Shared Eating

Break time

In Key Stage 1 there will be a time allocated daily to sharing the government funded fruit or vegetable. Children will be encouraged to participate fully and the opportunity will be made to talk about what they are eating, how it is prepared and why they are eating it. Opportunities will also be made from time to time for the children to be involved in collecting, preparing and handing out the fruit. Key Stage 2 children will continue to be encouraged to bring fruit/vegetable snacks through activities such as Fruity Friday. The school has opted into the Cool Milk scheme enabling parents to purchase milk at a subsidised rate for their children. Milk monitors hand out the milk with the help of a responsible teaching assistant.

The milk is stored in the fridge provided by Cool Milk, situated in Year 2 reception area.


This is seen as a pleasurable time, a social occasion in which the children are encouraged to sit down together and to enjoy their meal. Our school meal providers are Chartwells and we continue to work closely with them to improve the quality and uptake of school meals. Children may bring packed lunches to school and, although we accept that it is up to the parents what they put into their children packed lunch box, we shall continue to emphasise the importance of a healthy lunch by promoting good practice.

To meet the National Nutritional standards, lunches for pupils at Chelsfield Primary

School will contain at least one item from each of the following food groups.

  • Starchy foods such as bread, potatoes, rice and pasta. Starchy food cooked in oil or fat should not be served more than three times a week.
  • Fruit and a vegetable must be available every day. Fruit based desserts must be available twice a week.
  • Milk and dairy foods.
  • Meat, fish and alternative sources of protein. Red meat must be served at least twice a week. Fish must be served at least once a week. Cheese may be included in the meat/fish protein group for primary children.

What do national nutritional standards apply to?

  • All lunches provided for pupils during term time, whether they are free or lunches which pupils pay for.
  • Hot and cold food, including packed lunches provided by the school for pupils on school trips.

Health and Safety

  • It is part of our normal school procedure that the children will be reminded to wash their hands after using the toilet and before eating.
  • Food will be stored in appropriate places and parents will be reminded that the packed lunches have to be stored in the classroom and be encouraged to use insulated packed lunch boxes.
  • Catering staff will hold the required food hygiene certificates
  • All staff and parents involved in preparation of food will be aware of food safety and hygiene issues and behave accordingly.
  • As a staff we will be aware of the apparently growing tendency for eating disorders in
  • younger children and ensure that we know how to recognise and respond appropriately should the need arise. Contacts can be found in the website list at the foot of this policy.

Links with home

We recognise the need to work closely with parents and the wider community. We will endeavour to keep parents informed of what we are teaching the children and why, as well as keeping them up to date with national and local health information and initiatives, working closely with the school nurse and other members of the Primary Care Trust.

Monitoring and Evaluating

We will continue to monitor and annually review this policy. We will create opportunities for discussion with the children, staff, parents and governors through meetings, the school newsletter and questionnaires.


Healthy eating resource box in PSHE resources



Michaela Foley

Re written March 2017