School Milk and Fruit
From 1st April 2013 Cool Milk has taken over the provision of milk in school. Milk is provided free of charge to all children aged 'under 5', and also any Key Stage 1 (Reception, Years 1 and 2) pupils in receipt of free school meals. Parents of all other children in Key Stage 1 may pay for their children to have a daily drink of milk at a charge per term. Details concerning the registration are available from the Cook Milk website, alternatively this information can be obtained from the school office.
The links between water, dehydration, health and learning
How does drinking water link to health?
Drinking adequate amounts of water regularly throughout the day can protect health and contribute to well-being.
Water has none of the health problems associated with drinks containing sugar, additives, sweeteners, acids or caffeine.
To help keep teeth healthy, as well as brushing teeth regularly and visiting the dentist, we should cut down on added sugars. These are the sugars found in fizzy drinks, juice drinks, sweets, cakes and jam. It’s best to stick to having these kinds of foods and drinks at mealtimes.It’s also important to avoid sipping sugary drinks or sucking sweets too often. This is because the longer the sugar touches your teeth, the more damage it can do.
How does drinking water improve learning?
The key to boosting the capacity to learn is to keep well hydrated throughout the day.
When we are thirsty, mental performance deteriorates by 10%
Pupils concentrate better because they are not distracted by the effects of dehydration such as thirst, tiredness and irritability
Children will achieve more when both their health and learning needs are met. Ensuring access to water and promoting a regular water intake throughout the school day is a vital role for schools in promoting health and providing a healthy learning environment
Water bottles are placed on the side in classrooms - please make sure to LABEL your child's water bottle. It is encouraged that children bring a water bottle to school every day.
ONLY WATER IS ALLOWED IN WATER BOTTLES
The 'Change4Life' website provides handy hints and tips to help you live a healthier lifestyle so we encourage you to sign up on https://registration.change4life.co.uk