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Making lunchtimes happy times...

 

At Offham we recognise that lunchtime is a really important part of our children's day, this is why in 2017 we worked alongside Paul Aagaard, a consultant from recipe for change, to come up with a plan to make lunchtimes calm, safe, healthy and happy.

 

Following the advice and training we received, the team at Offham worked hard to reorganise the way lunchtime worked. We started in the lunch hall. In a move to make our lunchtimes an eating experience we changed to a restaurant style seating plan with children sitting in small friendship groupings. Each table has a table name - tables in sitting 1 have fruit names and sitting 2 have vegetable names. Packed lunch children wait for the school dinner children on their table to collect their lunch so that everyone can begin eating together. This promotes positive eating interactions and good table manners. A staggered rota for collecting lunch means that there are no long queues and children have bread and salad nibbles provided on their tables while they wait. 

 

We worked with the school council and well-being council to decide on a collection of positive lunchtime behaviours, which everyone is expected to display. The midday meals supervisors use a huge reward chart and positively praise tables showing care, consideration and respect at lunchtimes by allocating points each day. On Thursday evening we tot up the points and the highest scoring table wins our much coveted golden table transformation for Friday's lunchtime. 

To make lunchtime streamlined and calm we have made it slightly longer and staggered eating and playtimes. Our Lunchtime rota looks like this:

To make lunchtime streamlined and calm we have made it slightly longer and staggered eating and playtimes. Our Lunchtime rota looks like this: 1
To make lunchtime streamlined and calm we have made it slightly longer and staggered eating and playtimes. Our Lunchtime rota looks like this: 2

Lunchtime play, activities and supervision:

 

We believe that the 'playing' and 'letting off steam' part of lunchtime is equally as important as eating together. Therefore at Offham, over the past two years, we have worked exceptionally hard to make sure playtimes are as fun as they can be. We have six wonderful Midday Meals Supervisors, three of whom supervise the hall and three of whom run super activities for the children on the playground and field. Our lunchtime games rota looks like this for the Summer term:

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Skipping:

  • french skipping
  • individual skipping
  • long rope team skipping

Balancing 

  • marble balance boards
  • wheely walkers

Round and round

  • hula hoops
  • ankle jump balls

Bouncing 

  • Lolo balls
  • speed bounce

 

Dancing 

  • Music
  • Year 6 dance club
  • cheer leading pom poms

 

Every day Miss Bartlett uses our new 'Grotto' hut on the hill as a base from which to run 'Hut Club'. The hut club timetable for the Summer Term is as follows:

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Drawing  Lego

Board games

and stories

Craft

Animal

handling

 

Every lunchtime we also put out a selection of playground games, including skittles, quoits, pick up sticks, dominoes, chess, drafts and giant Jenga.

 

Every day Miss Roots our sports coach runs a different sports club, anyone can get involved. There is always something fun to play together as a team, including; tennis, hockey, lacrosse, football, tag rugby and netball. Miss Root's lunchtime sports are great fun and keep anyone who wants to join in really active!

 

New for 2017/18!

We finished work on our amazing new bank play area! This is always ready to play with a lunchtime and offers lots of climbing and agility challenges... as well as a super fast slide! We love it!!!

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