Although children are able to bring a packed lunch to school, most at Amble Links enjoy a daily hot meal cooked in our school kitchen. The menus for school dinners run on a 3 week cycle and menus are changed seasonally. School dinners cost £2.20 per day or £11.00 per week which should be paid on a Monday in advance. We also offer the opportunity for children who normally have packed lunches to have a school dinner on a Friday - this is usually a 'Chip Day'!
Wherever possible we try to keep to our menus but these maybe subject to change if necessary.
We use the online 'Live Kitchen' system that enables pupils and parents to order meals in advance.
In order to ensure that the children have greater choice we offer the children a ‘baked potato’ option each day as well as the normal menu option. Children choosing a baked potato are given the option of having cheese, tuna or baked beans with their potato. We will continue to work with the children to encourage them to eat well and at least try the different meals that we provide.
Currently, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal as part of the government’s Universal Infant Free School Meal Scheme whilst, unless entitled to Free School Meals, children in nursery, Year 3 and Year 4 pay £11 per week for school meals. At Amble Links the vast majority of children have cooked school meals and we hope to increase this further with our new choices.
To help us ensure we have the correct meals prepared for children we will be asking parents to discuss with their child which meal choices they would like and order this online through 'Live Kitchen' - you will be provided with a login for this system.
We also have a salad bar from which the children are encouraged to try a range of different vegetables and salad items that they may not be used to. Our aim is to encourage the children to try healthy foods that they may not have tried before!
From the outset we encourage the children to be independent at mealtimes by serving themselves, using their cutlery correctly and cutting their own food. We expect good table manners from the children and ask them to help serve one another. Older children often take on other lunchtime responsibilities such as being a 'plate scraper' and help out around the dining hall.
Each week, a number of children are given a 'Golden Ticket' as a reward for good lunchtime behaviour, choosing healthy options, good table manners etc. These children get to sit at the 'Golden Table' on a Friday and are served by staff and celebrate with a glass of sparkling juice!