Healthy Eating

School Meals

At Victoria Primary Academy all of our Reception and Key Stage 1 children receive a Free School Meal. Many of our Key Stage 2 children also receive a Free School Meal. If you feel that your child should receive a Free School Meal, please speak to Tina Connolly.

If your child brings a packed lunch to school we ask you not to include chocolate bars or crisps. We also do not allow children to bring juice or fizzy drinks for their lunch as we provide water for all of the children.

We encourage pupils to drink water every day as remaining hydrated is very important. Pupils are allowed still water only. Flavoured water and fruit juice are not permitted. It is the responsibility of parents and carers to take the water bottle home each day to be washed and refilled with fresh water.

Some parents have been asking us how they can provide a healthy packed lunch for their children. The picture below might help you to provide your child with a healthy packed lunch!

The Eatwell Guide

Use the Eatwell Guide to help you get a balance of healthier and more sustainable food. It shows how much of what you eat overall should come from each food group

Eat the Rainbow

Different coloured fruits and vegetables have different nutrients. Eating a variety of colours helps us stay healthy.

White

Helps your body:
• keep your heart healthy
• have good cholesterol levels
• lower your chance of getting diseases

Examples:
White pear
Garlic
Mushrooms
Ginger
Cauliflower
Parsnips
Onions

Red

Helps your body:
• keep your heart healthy
• keep your bladder healthy
• keep your memory strong
• lower your chance of getting diseases

Examples:
Beetroot
Red grapes
Cranberries
Red apples
Red onions
Watermelon
Cherries
Strawberries
Red cabbages
Red peppers
Tomatoes

Orange/Yellow

Helps your body:
• keep your heart healthy
• keep your eyes healthy
• lower your chance of getting diseases
• keep you from catching colds

Examples:
Bananas
Peaches
Lemons
Oranges
Mangos
Tangerines
Cantaloupes
Papayas
Pineapple
Pumpkins
Yellow peppers
Sweet potatoes
Carrots

Green

Helps your body:
• keep your bones and teeth strong
• keep your eyes healthy
• lower your chance of getting diseases

Examples:
Beetroot
Red grapes
Cranberries
Red apples
Red onions
Watermelon
Cherries
Strawberries
Red cabbages
Red peppers
Tomatoes

Blue/Purple

Helps your body:
• stay healthy when you get older
• keep your memory strong
• keep your bladder healthy
• lower your chance of getting diseases

Examples:
Potatoes
Purple plums
Purple grapes
Blueberries
Raisins
Purple cabbage
Aubergine

Fats and Sugars

Fats:
Hidden Fats and Sugars:

  • Cheese
  • Margarine
  • Whole Milk
  • Butter
  • Fat on meat and poultry

  • Cake
  • Sweets
  • Chocolate
  • Biscuits
  • Ice cream
  • Crisps
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Fried rice
  • Sausage rolls
  • Fast foods e.g. Chips

Do fats help the body?

Fats give the body energy for growth, but we need to make sure we eat the right amount, as too much fat can be bad for us.

Is sugar good for us?

We can actually do without sugar, but it makes things taste nicer. Too much sugar in our diets can damage our teeth. When we eat and drink foods which have large amounts of sugar in them, acids are produced in the mouth by bacteria that live in the plaque on the surface of the teeth. These acids begin to dissolve the enamel, and this leads to tooth decay.

Suggested maximum amount of sugar to be consumed each day for:

4-6 years old = 5 sugar cubes (19 grams)
7-10 years old = 6 sugar cubes (24 grams)
11+ years old = 7 sugar cubes (30 grams)

Always look at the nutritional information provided to see how many grams of sugar is in your food. Colour-coded food labels are a great way to tell if the food is good for you. A green sugar label is a healthier option than a red sugar label.