The lunchtime for EYFS and KS1 (Years 1 and 2) starts at 11.40 a.m. and finishes at 12.40 p.m.
Lunchtime for KS2 (Years 3 to 6) starts at 12.00 and finishes at 1.00 p.m.
The children in Year R and 1 wash their hands shortly before 11.45. We run a café system whereby the lunches are set out for the children to sit at, according to which lunch they have ordered - meat, vegetarian or special. Bread, salad and desserts are served to the table by the lunchtime staff. The Year 2 pupils go out to play.
Children in Year R who bring sandwiches eat with their peers who are having a hot meal in the hall. Children in Years 1 and 2 who bring sandwiches eat their packed lunch seated under the canopy in KS1.
We have a class list for all classes so that if any child is missing for their lunch, a member of the hall staff will radio to all staff on duty to find the child and send him or her to the lunch hall.
Children who have a special diet are highlighted on the class register. Their lunch is served on an orange tray to make them and their lunch easily identifiable. If they are allowed bread and salad, according to their special diet, that will be pre-served, along with the dessert that they are able to eat. Two kitchen or lunchtime staff check the provision for children with special diets and sign them off every day.
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 R and 1 children. At 12.00, the children in Years 3 and 5 go to eat their sandwiches, Year 3 in the courtyard by the hall and Year 5 in the gazebos on the school grounds. Both areas are covered and have seating.
Children in KS2 who have ordered a hot lunch are called to the hall as spaces become available. Children in Years 4 and 6 who have brought sandwiches are called to the courtyard and gazebos at around 12.25 pm.
All children sanitise or wash their hands before eating.
There is supervision on the playgrounds, packed lunch areas and in the dining hall throughout lunchtime, and a member of the SLT on duty in the hall.
At 12.40, the whistle goes in the playground for the EYFS and KS1 children to return to class. The whistle for KS2 children is at 12.55 so that all children are in class by 1.00 p.m.