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Food For Life at Eye CE Primary School is led by Mrs Brough.
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02/11/17- Minutes from the latest FLAG Team meeting

20/10/17

I am very excited to share with you that we have now been approved for 16 of the 27 criteria for the bronze award! We are well on our way to receiving full accreditation. The FLAG team will be meeting after the half term break to discuss how we can get the remaining 11 criteria ticked off. We will then update this page again to let you know the actions we intend to take over the coming year. Thank you for all of you support so far. It is very much appreciated. 

08/06/17 During Healthy Me Week, our FLAG Team members carried our a survey about school dinners and packed lunches. Each class gave their feedback. Here are the results and action plan we have out together as a result.

08/06/17 Here are the minutes from our FLAG Team meeting

We held our second meeting of our FLAG team on the 4th May. We talked about lunchtimes- the good things and ideas for improvement. Here are the minutes.

We held our first Food for Life Action Group (FLAG) meeting on 23rd March. Here are the minutes so you can see what we discussed and the plans we have started to make.

"We have a clear vision that every child has a right to good, wholesome school food and that food poverty will one day be a thing of the past."

Jeanette Orrey (Co-Founder - Food for Life)

 

As school, we are working on a project called Food for Life which is ‘about making good food the easy choice for everyone – making healthy, tasty and sustainable meals the norm for all to enjoy, reconnecting people with where their food comes from, teaching them how it’s grown and cooked, and championing the importance of well-sourced ingredients.’

 

The Food For Life project results in accreditation with the bronze, silver or gold award.  The process will help us to take a whole school approach that sees us growing our own food; organise trips to farms; sourcing food from local producers; holding community food events; providing cooking and growing clubs for pupils and their families; serving freshly prepared, well-sourced meals and providing an attractive dining environment so lunchtimes are a positive feature of the school day.

 

We have chosen to take part in this project because we care passionately about the health and wellbeing of all our children and families. Food for Life has already been proven to have many benefits:

  • Pupils in Food for Life schools are twice as likely to eat five a day and a third less likely to eat no fruit or vegetables than pupils in comparison schools. (Jones et al, 2015)
  • Pupils in Food for Life schools eat around a third more fruit and vegetables than pupils in comparison schools, and significantly more fruit and vegetables at home. (Jones et al, 2015)
  • Pupils in Food for Life schools are 40% more likely to report that they 'like' or 'really like' school meals. (Jones et al, 2015)
  • More than 50% of primary schools in England are serving menus certified by the Food for Life Catering Mark.
  • Free school meal take up increased by an average of 13 percentage points over two years in Food for Life schools. (Orme et al, 2011)
  • Evidence points towards Food for Life's potential to contribute to helping 'close the gap' for disadvantaged children in terms of their health and academic attainment. (Teeman et al, 2011)
  • 45% of parents reported eating more vegetables as a result of Food for Life. (Orme et al, 2011)

 

It is an exciting project, and we will be planning lots of events, activities and surveys. Check back often to see what is happening on our journey towards the Bronze Award!

If you have a passion for growing and cooking healthy food, and would like to support the school on our journey, there will be an opportunity to join an action group. More details to follow, but if you would like to register your interest, please see Mrs Brough (in Koalas).

If you have a passion for growing and cooking healthy food, and would like to support the school on our journey, there will be an opportunity to join an action group. More details to follow, but if you would like to register your interest, please see Mrs Brough (in Koalas). 1
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Wonderful Water!

 

Our first Food for Life project is water! We are always being told that water is the best thing to drink, but why? The picture above explains it all!

 

We are encouraging every child to bring a water bottle into school which they could sip during the day. We have water bottle parks in our classrooms for children to access their drinks, plus there are lots of water fountains around school. If you do send in a water bottle for your child, please ensure it is clearly named.

 

Competition!

We need posters to display around school to promote drinking water! Children from all year groups are invited to design a poster for above the drinks trolleys and water fountains to encourage us all to drink more water! There will be prizes for the winning entries from each key stage (EYFS, KS1 and KS2). The closing date is Friday 24th March.

 

If you have any queries regarding this, please see your child’s class teacher or myself after school.

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