The health and well-being of our pupils is something that we take very seriously at Darrick Wood Junior School. Healthy eating, along with regular exercise, is a key aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and we therefore strive to ensure that the food pupils eat at school supports good health. In particular we have clear expectations in relation to school meals (see School Meals), packed lunches and breaktime snacks.
Some children prefer to bring a packed lunch to school. Whilst we understand that parents will have a much clearer idea about the eating preferences of their children, we also encourage parents to consider the nutritional aspects of the packed lunch that they provide for their children to ensure that it is a healthy lunch. Ultimately, the decision about what goes into an individual child's packed lunch rests with the parents, although the school requests that the following items are not included in a packed lunch:
If these items are found in a child's packed lunch they will be removed. In addition, the school actively encourages parents to include at least one item of fresh fruit in their child's packed lunch.
Children are permitted to bring a snack into school to eat at break time out on the playground. The school promotes healthy snack choices and pupils are encouraged to bring fruit as their playground snack. The school also operates a playtime Tuck Shop which stocks other healthy snack alternatives which may be purchased by the pupils. Crisps, sweets, cereal bars and other wrapped items are not permitted as playground snacks.
Further advice and guidance can be found on the Children's Food Trust website
Pupils at DWJS have the opportunity to enjoy healthy, nutritious snacks that are purchased from the playtime Tuck Shop. These snacks include dried fruits, fruit crisps, fruit bars, naturally flavoured raisins, flavoured water and milk.
The Tuck Shop, which is located on the bottom playground, is managed by Year 6 pupils. The team consists of Sales Executives, Accountants, Stock Controllers and Purchasing Managers. Managing the Tuck Shop enables pupils to develop key 21st century skills such as: teamwork, problem solving, research gathering, time management, information synthesising and the utilising of technology. This leads to greater confidence in pupils and a greater awareness of their own strengths and areas for development.