Lunches at Mosaic
All children at Mosaic eat in our dining hall where food is lovingly prepared by our own chef. The meals are prepared using fresh kosher (meat) ingredients with a vegetarian option. This also satisfies the requirements of halal food for Muslim pupils.
We are strongly committed to providing freshly cooked food, served “family’ style and building on the children’s social skills, sense of responsibility, and food knowledge as they participate in the Mosaic lunch experience. Children serve each other, clear the tables and eat in mixed aged groups developing important social and emotional skills. This approach to lunchtimes was highly commended by OFSTED in 2015.
“Lunchtime is a sociable and well-ordered occasion. Pupils speak, and listen, to each other attentively, engaging politely and respectfully with each other and adults. Pupils serve themselves, and each other, from the food delivered to the centre of each table demonstrating impeccable manners and patience. Staff are observant, and encourage each child to select and eat a well-balanced meal. Pupils show great maturity in passing fruit bowls between those on their table, each pupil selecting a piece of cut fruit”.
Children’s individual dietary requirements such as allergies are thoughtfully taken into account. If your child has any dietary requirements these need to be communicated to the school who will give you the relevant forms which need to be completed and submitted to our caterers, Edwards and Ward.
For the current school menu available from Wednesday 6th September please click on link below:
Comments we have had from parents about our lunches:
“My child has asked me to cook food like Nicola”.
“I’ve been meaning to write for some time to say how much the children enjoy the variety of school lunches every day at school.
Xxx and xxx frequently tell me about how lunch was so tasty they had “8 servings!” Favourites include shepherd pie, pasties. Xxx likes Nicola’s cauliflower.
It’s so reassuring, knowing the children eat so well, with variety every day”.
We review the lunch provision with the caterers and the children at least once per year and make adjustments accordingly. Following the review last Summer, sauces are served separately to rice, pasta and chicken and a fruit option is available every day.
Payment for School lunches
For children in Reception and KS1 (years 1 and 2) lunches are currently paid for through the Infant Free School Meal Government Initiative.
From Year 3 all meals are required to be paid for. Currently a good quality school meal costs £2.50 per child per day. Meals should be paid for using Parent Pay.
Free School Meals
Free school meals may be available for children whose parents are receiving:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190.00
- Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
If you would like to discuss free school meals, please contact the Headteacher, in strict confidence. Or you can apply directly from your Local Authority
For school trips children have the option to bring their own packed lunch. This should be a healthy, vegetarian lunch following our packed lunch guidelines. Packed Lunches Guidance Please also refer to the Kosher Nosh guide given to each family upon joining the school.
Snacks at break and after school
For reception and KS1 children fruit is available every playtime. If children wish to bring their own fruit at playtime please make sure that it is fresh fruit and no other snack.
Children are encouraged to bring snacks for after school clubs. The snack must be a healthy vegetarian snack following our packed lunch guidelines and the Kosher Nosh guide.
Keeping Kosher at Mosaic
To help you understand how we keep the school kosher we will be developing a guide.