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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:

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. Our lunchtime games rota looks like this:

 

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 Mrs Wilson and Mr Hutchinson use our 'Grotto' hut on the hill as a base from which to run 'Grotto Club'. The Grotto club timetable is as follows:

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Drawing  Lego

Board games

and stories

Craft

Reading

 

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! 

 

The following timetables are put in place to allow the opportunity for inclusion and equality. No form of booking required, this is a turn up and play format.

 

 

Day

Sport

Monday

Hockey

Tuesday

Basketball

Wednesday

Handball

Thursday

Lacrosse

Friday

Tag rugby

 

Time

Class

12:30 – 12:45

Year 6

12:45-13:00

KS1

13:00-13:15

Year 3

13:15-13:30

Year 4

13:30-13:45

Year 5

 

In addition to the sports and activities provided on the playground, muddy football on the field will be commencing on 20th January 2020. Your child must wear an alternative kit and footwear than their school P.E kit.

 

If your child wishes to participate in this, forms are situated in the office area. The timetable for this is below:

 

Day

Year group

Time

Monday

Yellow

12:30-13:05

Tuesday

Orange

13:00- 13:35

Wednesday

Purple

12:50-13:25

Thursday

Green

12:50-13:25

Friday

KS1

12:30-13:00

 

Children also love our amazing 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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