Our Lunchtime

This year we have launched a new weekly playground initiative called P.A.L.S (Playground Activities Leaders) which will run at lunchtimes. This is an introduction into leadership, giving children knowledge of how to organise and lead small games and activities for their peers in both the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 playgrounds.


There are opportunities for the young playground leaders to:

  • Develop leadership skills such as – organisation, communication and teamwork
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Be responsible for leading their peers and groups of younger children
  • Increase the variety of play experiences available for the children promoting physical, social and creative opportunities
  • Improve children’s choices and positive behaviours on the playground
  • Reflect and evaluate on what is working and areas for further development

A P.A.L.S job description and application form was circulated to the children in Year Six at the beginning of term for those interested in being involved in the leadership role. The successful candidates meet with Ms Revell to talk about what the role will include and the expectations of them moving forward. They also carried out a playground survey to get a good understanding of what the children currently do in the playground and how they could support this further. The children are incredibly excited and have lots of ideas of the different ways that they want to engage children in positive play.

Congratulations to our new P.A.L.S for 2019 Sherrieann, Rhonda, Emily, Thejaswini, Ezel, Joshua, Martim and Armandas

The PALs will organise weekly activities that will target the interests of all of our children from Years One to Six. The children will keep a record book that will include information on such things as: a log of the games they have played; identify the games that certain classes enjoyed; how many children took part in the games; how active the games were; names of children or classes who played well together; list of equipment that was lost or needs replacing and more in order to evaluate the success of their support.

Our Midday Supervisory Staff

At Lonesome, our teaching assistants support the children during lunchtimes. Each teaching assistant is assigned to a specific zone within the playground and an activity will be set up for the children within this zone. Examples of the activities that are available to the children, in the Key Stage 2 playground are: cricket, football, basketball, tennis, dressing up clothes, giant connect 4 etc. We also have a trim trail and climbing frame for the children to play on. In the Key Stage 1 playground, teaching assistants play a selection of games with the children such as: Duck, Duck Goose, Stuck in the Mud, What’s the Time Mr Wolf etc. The children also have access to the pirate ship and the trim trail. New equipment has recently been purchased for the children and the activities will continue to be regularly reviewed.

Hot meals every day

Hot meals are provided for the children every day in school. They are charged at £2.12 Our catering company is CHARTWELLS.

For more than a quarter of a century, Chartwells has focused on helping young people build strong bodies, sharp minds and to lead long, healthy lives. To Eat, Learn and Live. Chartwells dishes up great tasting, fun and nutritious meals to schools, academies, colleges and universities, and provides all of the support services – from facilities management to cleaning – to help fuel inquisitive minds. Food for thought!

We’re giving children all the get up and go they need with our tasty food and unrivalled approach to school meals. As well as providing thousands of meals daily to students across the country, we run activities and workshops to encourage healthy eating and inspire good, lifelong habits.

We don’t just want children to eat our food... we want them to LOVE it. We wholeheartedly believe that lunchtime should be a fun part of the day, jam-packed with lots of different, flavoursome and healthy food.

We want to set young people up for their day, and for a lifetime of good eating habits. Ensuring every child has the same opportunity to develop and make a positive contribution at school, by having access to fresh, healthy and great tasting meals. Our nutritionists and chefs go to great lengths to create food that looks good, tells a story and is in tune with the latest trends – because that’s the food children tell us they want. In their words: food that’s “tasty, lovely and delicious”. And we serve it in fun and innovative spaces that are as inspiring as the classroom.

There is a tri-weekly menu cycle where you can monitor what your child is eating in school. https://loveschoolmeals.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Standard.pdf

Dietary requirements and allergens:

Individual menus are devised for those children with particular allergies or dietary requirements. Please note, it is extremely important that you inform Chartwells of any allergies/intolerances that your child has should they currently eat with Chartwells, or wish to start eating with Chartwells. We welcome all children with allergies/intolerances and providing we deem it safe to do so, an appropriate meal can be provided daily in line with our internal policies and procedures. Please speak with the office if your child has an allergy to request a special diet form to be completed and returned. Please return all forms to us, along with medical evidence, two photographs and details of the school that your child attends to Michelle Pike michelle.pike@compass-group.co.uk

Children’s lunchtime timetable

Class Time
Einstein 11:30am – 12:15pm
Columbus 11:20am – 12:30pm
Livingstone 11:40am – 12:40pm
Ennis 11:50am – 12:35pm
Donaldson 11:55am – 12:40pm
Palin 12:00pm – 12:45pm
Wonder 12:05pm – 12:50pm
Roots 12:10pm – 12:55pm
Wilberforce 12:15pm – 1:00pm
Lincoln 12:20pm – 1:05pm
Milne 12:25pm – 1:10pm
Pankhurst 12:30pm – 1:15pm
Mandela 12:35pm – 1:20pm
Da Vinci 12:40pm – 1:25pm
Buble 12:45pm – 1:35pm