Fruit, Milk and Flapjack Friday
INFANT MID-MORNING SNACKS
You may have heard about the Government’s School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. Under the scheme, each child aged four to six in LEA-maintained schools is entitled to receive a free piece of fruit or vegetable each school day. Scientists agree that everybody, including children, can reduce their risk of heart disease and cancer by eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. On average, children in the UK eat only two portions a day.
We are delighted that our school has been given the opportunity to participate in this exciting scheme, which reinforces our commitment to healthy eating. Your child will be offered a free piece of fruit or vegetable each day. The fruit and vegetables will be fresh and of good quality. The aim is for the children to have a positive and enjoyable experience of fruit and vegetables.
The scheme is voluntary, and although there is no obligation for your child to take part, we hope you will share our belief that it has many benefits. It is a great way to help us teach our children the benefits of healthy eating. If you do not wish your child to participate in this scheme, you must let your child’s class teacher know in writing at the beginning of the term. It is essential that you inform us of any allergies your child may have so that we can ensure they are not given anything that might harm them.
It is mandatory for all primary schools in England to offer lower fat milk during school hours. It is free for pupils under the age of 5 years old, or to those families who are eligible for free school meals. You still need to register with Cool Milk even if your child is entitled to free milk.
On Fridays we hold Flapjack Friday which is a very popular break-time feature for the children and is a nice end of week treat. The children have the opportunity to buy a Flapjack for 25p. The contents of the biscuits we have sourced are as follows: Whole grain rolled oats (56%), sugar, sunflower oil, honey (2%), salt, molasses, emulsifier, sunflower lecithin, raising agent, sodium bicarbonate. They are sold in most Supermarkets under the Nature Valley brand and are the Oats and Honey variety.
They are made in a factory which makes products including nuts, so children with nut allergies will not be allowed to purchase them. If you are in any doubt, please let us know.
Children who achieve a certain number of house points will be given a voucher to swap for a free flapjack. We hope that this will inspire the children to try to work for more house points!
If you child wishes to participate please send them in with 30p on Friday mornings.