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Gildersome Primary School

Nurture, Aspire, Achieve


Healthy Eating

Our healthy, nutritious school meals are prepared freshly on site by our school cooks and are carefully designed to meet the School Food Standards.

To view a standard menu please click here.

We have a comprehensive Food and Packed Lunch policy, please click here to view it.

Children in Foundation Stage and KS1 are provided with, and encouraged to have, a piece of fruit or a vegetable daily with their milk or water. Key Stage 2 have a tuck shop promoting a wide variety of healthy snacks including fresh and dried fruit, vegetables, cheese, olives, fruit bread plus many more.

Breakfast Club Policy 

Cooking and Nutrition

Through the Design Technology Curriculum children are taught the following with regards to Cooking and Nutrition:

Cooking and Nutrition  Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2
Where food comes from 

Across KS1 Pupils should know:

  •  that all food comes from plants and animals
  • that food has to be farmed, grown elsewhere (e.g. home) or caught

Across KS2 pupils should know:

  • that food is grown (such as tomatoes, wheat and potatoes, reared (such as pigs, chicken and cattle) and caught (such as fish) in the UK Europe and the wider world

In late KS 2 pupils should also know:

  • that seasons may affect the food available
  • how food is processed into ingredients that can be eaten or used in cooking
Food preparation , cooking and nutrition

Across KS pupils should know:

  • how to name and sort foods into the five groups in the Eatwell Guide
  • that everyone should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day
  • how to prepare simple dishes safely and hygienically, without using a heat source
  • how to use techniques such as cutting, peeling and grating

Across KS2 pupils should know:

  • how to prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes safely and hygienically including, where appropriate, the use of a heat source
  • how to use a range of techniques such as peeling, chopping, slicing, grating, mixing, spreading, kneading and baking

In early KS2 pupils should also know:

  • that a healthy diet is made up from a variety and balance of different food and drink, as depicted in the Eatwell Guide
  • that to be active and healthy, food and drink are needed to provide energy for the body

In late KS2 pupils should also know:

  • that recipes can be adapted to change the appearance, taste, texture and aroma
  • that different food and drink contain different substances - nutrients, water and fibre - that are needed for health
Our School Food Ambassadors

We have an enthusiastic team of Food Ambassadors from Years 3 to 6.

Their role currently involves:

  • Monitoring packed lunches and acting as role models in the dining room.
  • Rewarding those children that are bringing healthy foods in their packed lunches with stickers/certificates, along with those children that are finishing their school meals.
  • Praising good behaviour and table manners.
  • Provide guidance and suggest alternatives to children whose packed lunches could be improved.
  • To encourage children to try new foods.
  • To give feedback from their peers about new ideas and ways to improve food and nutrition in school.

Click here to see the Healthy Eating and Packed Lunch policy booklet made by our own School Food Ambassadors

Healthy Lunch Box Suggestions

Useful links

Please click on this link to access hundreds of healthy recipes on the 'Lets Get Cooking' website

For more information on healthy eating and good nutrition please follow the links below:

After School Clubs

We provide an after school cookery club, which provides the children with an opportunity to learn cooking skills, as well as teaching children and their families about the benefits of healthy eating. As part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.

We also offer a gardening club where children learn to grow their own food as well as how to care for plants and the outdoor environment. The food that is grown is then consumed by the children themselves either as part of their class activities or their school dinner.