We have just changed the way our lunch times run. We listened to children and staff about what works well at lunch times and what we wanted to change. We then all worked together to put together a new system. This is how it works now:
11:45am – 12:15pm – KS1 (rec, Y1, Y2) are in the hall for lunch. They sit in the same places every day in mixed year groups. They collect their own lunch and clear away their trays once they have finished. There is a noise barometer in the hall which helps the children use indoor voices instead of playground, shouty voices. When children have finished their lunch, they look out for the smiley star. When this is facing outwards, it is ok to go outside as an adult is already on the playground. Year 2s use the dust pans and brushes to clear up any spilt food and make sure the hall is tidy for the next sitting.
Once outside, children play with scooters and a variety of playground games which the key stage 2 play leaders set up for them.
12:15 – 12:35pm – Year 3 and 4 are in the hall for lunch. They sit in the same places every day in mixed year groups. They can go outside once finished and after making sure their area is clear for the next sitting.
12:35-1pm – Year 5 and 6 are in the hall for lunch. They sit in the same places every day in mixed year groups. They can go outside once finished and after stacking their chairs.
Key Stage 2 children choose their lunch at registration time every morning so they are always guaranteed to get the meal of their choice.
There is a whole school reward system for lunch times. Balls are placed in a pit for any children who are eating all of their lunch, demonstrating good manners, being quiet. Once the pit is full, there is a reward for everyone. The school council gathered ideas from their classes and voted on these rewards. They decided that in the Autumn term the reward should be a PJ day, in the Spring term the reward should be a Talent Show and in the Summer term the reward should be a party afternoon.
A ‘Top Table’ is also nominated for each sitting each week. Whichever table has impressed the adults the most that week get to eat at a beautifully decorated table and use ‘posh’ glasses! This has proven very popular. This week’s top table winners were: