At Billingborough, we offer children the opportunity to have a hot, nutritious meal every day. The meals are low in salt, sugar and saturated fat. The offer a fun and social way of eating and help to improve concentration in class. They can also save you time and money.
Our meals are provided by Ideal. For Reception, Year One and Year Two, meals are provided free of charge by the DfE and in KS2 meals can be ordered and paid. The menu is varied throughout the term to provide a balanced diet. There are 5 main menu choices followed by a pudding or fruit or yogurt with fresh water and milk available. Some weeks there will be a "meat free Monday" where alternatives to meat are offered.
Our meals can be ordered by registering at www.schoolmealsonline.co.uk. The deadline for meal orders for the following week will be each Monday at midnight.
If you have any queries, please contact Mrs McCormack or Ideal Meals on 01522 246424. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the School Meals from Ideal icon to explore their website.
Free School Meals
Free school meals are available to families in receipt of:
To apply go online at https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/parents/schools/free-school-meals/ or phone 01522 782 030. Application forms are also available in school.
Healthy snacks at playtime
All children in EYFS and KS1 have fruit provided for them to eat at morning playtimes so do not need to bring a snack to school. KS2 children may bring a small healthy snack: either a piece of fruit, chopped up vegetables or dried fruit if they wish.
In order that children understand variety is acceptable and all things in moderation is a wise man-tra, all pupils may bring a "treat" on Friday; for example a little packet of crisps, fun size chocolate bar, a biscuit or a few sweets in a pot or one small packet . If more than a modest treat is brought teachers will ration the amount allowed and return any excess to take home.
Water bottles in school
May we remind parents that all children should have a labelled bottle in their classroom with plain water. The bottles should be taken home daily to ensure they are washed regularly at home. Children are not allowed flavoured water, fruit juice or fruit squash due to sticky spillages and plain water is healthier for their teeth. Although some children claim they do not like water, we have found with positive support we can encourage and persuade children to drink it happily. Please come and talk to us if your child may need support.
Milk is also available in school, please ask at the office if you would like to find out how to order direct from our supplier.
Healthy packed lunches
There are lots of food choices available for lunch boxes. However, it can sometimes be difficult to decide which foods are healthy choices.
Please can we ask you to include some slow burning - fuller for longer contents in your child's lunchbox and minimise the sugary ones.
School food guidelines permit one "pud" type item during the school day. For hot dinners this may be a muffin and fruit for example. Anything more than the equivalent of such as dessert in a pupil's lunchbox may be kept by your child's teacher and returned at the end of the day. In this way we can help children be "learning ready" for the afternoon.
Further ideas for healthy lunchbox choices that appeal can be found at:
Before and After School Care
Before School Club is available from 7.30 am to 8.50am
Breakfast is available until 8.15am
On Wednesdays and Fridays our Sport Coach offers it's Wake and Shake from 8.20!
After School Club is available from 3.30pm to 5.50pm
"Tea" is served between 4 and 4.30pm.
Click here, Before and After School Care to find out more.
Food Hampers provided by Ideal Meals
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are all entitled to a food hamper as an alternative to their hot lunch. Ideal Meals are providing food hampers for parents/carers of these pupils. Food hampers contain a variety of items including milk, vegetables, fruit, meat products, cheese, yogurts and bread.
Click here, Cooking at Home to find out more about the food hampers.
Ideal Meals have shared with us a wide variety of recipes including Sausage and Bean Casserole, Spanish Omelette and some sweet treats too.
Click here, Recipes to explore the selection of recipes.
On this page, you will be able to access high-quality resources which could be carried out online, be downloadable or be an inspiration, such as photos of ideas or videos, for an activity to do at home. All of these will support you to learn at home and at school.
Welcome to the Sheffield Virtual School Baking Showdown booklet!
Baking is something for all ages… from toddlers making rice crispie buns, to teenagers creating showstoppers. It’s fun, it’s rewarding and it’s a great way to show your creativity. It’s also a great way to spark conversations. We have also included some basic cooking skills – making easy pizzas, boiling an egg, as well as a glossary to understand baking terms.
Click here, Baking Showdown, to explore the wide selection of recipes.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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