A — 3: local, fresh and organic where possible
B — 6: and about 100 bags are sold each day
C — 5: definitely improve after a good meal
D — 2: visiting a local farm
E — 1: such as Easter and Christmas
F — 7: when the school was awarded
Healthy School Meals
Children at Southdown Infants School in Bath enjoy tasty homemade meals such as roast turkey with fresh vegetables, chicken, salad and fresh fruit for pudding. Vegetables are __local, fresh and organic where possible__. Instead of crisps, chocolate and sweets, the school canteen serves organic carrots, dried fruit and fresh seasonal fruit in bags for 10p, __and about 100 bags are sold each day__.
Southdown’s healthy eating initiative began four years ago with the start of a breakfast club.
Now Ms Culley, the head teacher of the school, says that the teachers very clearly see the link between diet and concentration. “Children’s concentration and behaviour __definitely improve after a good meal__.” The teachers would also like to give the children the experience of eating together. It turned out that some children weren’t used to that.
Pupils are also encouraged to find out more about where their food comes from by __visiting a local farm__. Parents are also involved and are invited in to try school dinners on special occasions, __such as Easter and Christmas__.
The efforts of staff, pupils and parents to create a healthy eating environment were recognized earlier this month __when the school was awarded__ the Best School Dinner award.
Ms Culley said: “We are happy to win this award. Healthy eating is at the centre of everything we do. It’s really rewarding to see so many children enjoy real food.”