At Afifah, we are committed to encouraging and developing positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle.
This includes regular exercise and a healthy diet. Promoting a healthy lifestyle is integral to our curriculum and we recognise the importance of offering children the opportunity to make informed choices about what, when, where and why they eat.
We know that food is fundamental to the quality of a child’s life; not just in providing essential nutrition but in communicating and sharing positive values, attitudes and experiences with each other. We aim to develop healthy eating and drinking activities within the school that benefit our pupils. At Afifah we recognise the important connection between a healthy, balanced diet and a child’s ability to learn effectively and achieve high standards in school.
Packed lunches should include fruits and vegetables and less deep-fried food and snacks. However, low-fat and baked crisps can be included occasionally.
We strongly recommend the following:
– Children are encouraged to eat a piece of fruit or vegetable during their daily break time.
– Chocolates, sweets, biscuits, crisps, and cakes are not allowed, as everyday snacks or lunches in school.
– Chewing gum, fizzy drinks and unhealthy juices are not permitted on the school premises.
– Children under 5 years old are entitled to free milk.
– All children are encouraged to bring in a water bottle, so they can have access to water throughout the day.
It has been recognised that drinking plenty of water improves behaviour and concentration.
It is also essential that your child has sufficient lunch, some suggestions are;
Sandwiches, yoghurt and fruit.
We would also like to highlight the importance of ensuring there are no nuts (in packed lunches), as we have pupils in our school with severe nut allergies.
Afifah recognises that healthy snacks are crucial to aid learning and development.