The lunchtime for KS1 (Years 1 and 2) starts at 11.45 a.m. and finishes at 12.45 p.m.
Lunchtime for Early Years and KS2 (Years 3 to 6) starts at 12.00 and finishes at 1.00 p.m.
At 11.45, all Year 1 pupils are taken directly to the lunch hall. The teacher applies hand sanitiser gel (unless a child has a specific skin condition and parents have requested that we do not apply the gel – these children are directed to wash their hands) and then line up to collect their lunch from the servery. The Year 2 pupils go out to play.
Once the children are lined up, a member of staff ticks off every child from their class register and reminds them which lunch they have ordered. Children then collect a tray for their lunch (green if they have ordered the vegetarian option, red for the meat option, blue for a special diet). They then put their cutlery onto their tray and are served their lunch as they move through the servery. Once through the servery, they are directed by a member of the lunchtime supervisory staff as to where to sit. If any child from the register is at school but missing from the line, the member of staff calling the children into lunch will go to find them.
Children who have a special diet are highlighted on the class register. The adult ticking children off informs the kitchen staff when such a child is going through the servery and the line is stopped. The adult ticking off then oversees the provision of a special meal for the child before allowing the line to continue.
The lunchtime staff who are on duty in the hall continually pour drinks, wipe tables and direct children to seats. They also encourage children to eat their lunch and children have to ask before they start their pudding, so that there is a check that children have eaten sufficient. The Year 2 children follow the Year 1 children. Year R children are called in at 12.00, one class and then the other – this is done on a rotation, followed by the KS2 children, with their classes also being called in on a rotation.
Children in KS1 who bring sandwiches are called in with their peers who are having a hot meal. Children in KS2 who bring sandwiches tend to be called in after their peers who are having a hot meal to ensure that those children having a hot meal do receive it when the food is hot. If the weather is fine, children can eat their sandwiches in the courtyard by the dining hall, and there are benches for them to sit on. This area is also supervised.
There is supervision on the playgrounds and in the dining hall throughout lunchtime, and a member of the SLT applies hand sanitiser to every child going into lunch.
At 12.45 the whistle goes in the playground for the KS1 children to return to class. The whistle for KS2 children and Early Years is at 12.55 so that all children are in class by 1.00 p.m.