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Our next theme lunch will be on Tuesday 8th October!

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Join us to celebrate the Rugby World Cup

 

Japanese Chicken Curry | Vegetable Somen Noodles 

Shichimi-Style Sweetcorn, Spinach & Red Peppers | Vegetable Spring Roll | Steamed Rice

Green Tea, Honey & Lemon Muffins

 

 

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Since April 2015, we have collaborated with three local schools to run our own school dinner provision and provide appetizing menus, using locally sourced food (where possible), whilst also broadening our curriculum through food education.  

We believe that the meal experience at school should be something that the children enjoy and learn from. It is also a social part of the day and all staff are encouraged to eat with the children at lunchtime in the hall too! 

 

All our meals are freshly produced on a daily basis using the very best ingredients available.

  • Fresh fruit and salad are available every day. 
  • Our fruit and vegetables are delivered fresh every day whilst our meat is sourced from a traditional and local butcher and is farm assured as a welfare standard. 
  • Over 50% of our food is locally sourced, and 30% of it is organic (subject to availability).
  • We use Fairtrade and organic produce and free range eggs.
  • In addition, in September 2019 we introduced a "meat-free" Wednesday onto our menu, as well as looking at ways in which we can reduce food waste and plastic use.  See why we have gone "meat-free" for one day per week below. 

 

In addition, we have special "theme day" menus throughout the year. These introduce the children to different cuisines and cultures.  For example, we have recently visited (via our taste buds) Mexico, China, France, the Caribbean, Italy and the USA!  And, of course, we also have the very popular Christmas Lunch (where the turkey is carved in front of the children). 

 

Our great team are always available if you have any questions regarding the service we provide or allergens. 

 

Menus work on a 3 week cycle:

Menu 1

Menu 2

Menu 3

Week beginning:

  • 2nd Sept
  • 23rd Sept
  • 14th Oct
  • 11th Nov
  • 2nd Dec

Week beginning:

  • 9th Sept
  • 30th Sept
  • 28th Oct
  • 18th Nov
  • 9th Dec

Week beginning:

  • 16th Sept
  • 7th Oct
  • 4th Nov
  • 25th Nov
  • 16th Dec
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Download a copy of the menus.

Food Education

In addition, our kitchen team support curriculum learning throughout the year - mainly through curriculum workshops linked to the topic for the term.  These include: 

  • Touch, taste and smell (introducing the youngest children to a range of fruit and vegetables)
  • Great Fire of London (including designing and making bread)
  • Indian Spice Workshop (history of the spice trade, exploring spices and making samosas)
  • Healthy Diet Workshop (understanding the food groups and food labels)
  • Greek Food (trying traditional Greek produce and making pitta breads, hummus and tzatziki)
  • World War 2 Rationing (explanation of how it worked and a look at what you actually got!)
  • World's Kitchen (information of where food comes from, seasonality and ethical sourcing

 

However, the education goes further still. Our team also provide: 

  • School assembly based around a balanced diet and the lunch menu.
  • Healthy living workshops with the parents and children , focusing on sugar content , teeth and super foods
  • Packed lunch information for parents.
  • Fruit stations during sports day for the children and parents.
  • Parents evening tastings and networking.

 

And from September 2019, we are also developing further educational workshops / information on the impacts of food production and waste on the planet; including introducing a "meat-free" Wednesday and educating the children why!

 

 

Looking at the Impact of Meat Production on the Environment

 

World Food Production

On average, an adult human requires 2350 kcal per day.  This takes into different ages, genders, sizes and lifestyles of the global population. Currently, average consumption is 180 kcal per day above this amount.  (UN Food and Agriculture Organisation).

 

At a global level, we grow 5940 kcals per person per day of food (2.3 times what is required for the current population). The chart below shows what happens to it (numbers refer to kcals per person per day).

 

5940 edible crops grown

5600 harvested

340 not harvested

 

5270 crops available to use

330 lost in storage

 

 

 

2520 crops available for eating

1740 crops fed to animals

810 biofuels

200 other

←e.g. replanted

 

 

 

 

2520 crops available for eating

590 meat and dairy

In addition, on average animals eat 3810 kcals of grass/pasture per animal per day (total average kcal consumption = 5550kcal per animal per day to produce 590kcal for human consumption (approx. 10% conversion))

 

 

 

 

 

2790 available for eating

320

←Processing and distribution loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

2530 eaten

260

←Household waste

 

 

 

 

2350

180

←Excess consumption

Based on research published in There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years by Mike Berners-Lee

 

Global Population Data

1990

2000

2010

2019

2050*

2100*

5.2billion

6.1 billion

6.9 billion

7.7 billion

9.7 billion

11.0 billion

* Projected figures from World Population Prospects, United Nations (2015)

This equates to 2 billion extra people to feed by 2050 (when current Year 4 children celebrate their 40th birthday).

 

Carbon Footprints of Different Food Sources

This data is based on a 150g (6oz) serving – which is approximately equivalent to an average chicken breast.  The distance data is based on the assumption that an average passenger vehicle emits about 404 grams of CO2 per mile (US Environmental Protection Agency).

 

 

Globally, human-kinds carbon dioxide footprint is 50 billion tonnes per year; 26% of this is from the food supply chain (Reducing foods environmental impacts through producers and consumers, 2018).  By comparison, 56.6% comes from burning fossil fuels gas, oil and coal (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Synthesis Report, 2007) for energy and transport.

 

Antibiotics

Two thirds of all antibiotics (61,151 tonnes per year) are used on animals – some of which makes it back to humans through meat and milk. Antibiotics are used to stimulate growth and prevent (rather than cure) disease. The result is that animals are developing resistant strains of diseases and passing those bugs onto us.

 

The potential impact of the collapse of antibiotics is a significant issue for the global population.

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