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how to organise the dinner hall at lunchtime

Discussion in 'Primary' started by dev280, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. Hi there, I am looking for ideas as to how other primary schools organise their lunch hour. We are a two form entry primary with coming close to 400 pupils on role. We have constant battles with getting everyone fed and happy! Chidren often complain that they are waiting for too long to get their dinners and that they can't sit with their friends.That they don't get long enough to play or that they spend too long waiting to be dismissed from the dinner hall at the end of the day. We have two halls serving dinners/sandwiches. Can anyone let me know how they organise this so that I can see if any schools have inspiring ideas that allow the children to all enjoy their dinner times and make sure everyone gets fed!
  2. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    We area similar size school.

    Reception go in to lunch at 11.15, KS1 at 12, yr 3/4 at 12.15. Then yr 5/6 go out to play until called in one year and then the other as space allows, usually about 12.35/12.40.

    Reception have lunch 11.45-12.45, KS1 from 12-1, KS2 from 12.15-1.15.

    It isn't perfect, but hey!
  3. We are also a 2 form entry school.

    Reception and year 1 eat at 11.30. Then at twelve 1 class from each year group have lunch (the others go out). At 12.25 classess are dismissed from the hall if finished, then the parallel classes come in (though staggered by 2 or 3 minutes). Classes swap who is first half termly.
    This reduces how many children are out at play too.
  4. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Ooooo I do like the idea of mixed ages being in at the same time. Might suggest that in our school...
  5. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    Oh to have a dinner hall...
  6. Mixed ages works well. It's a bit calmer and noise is better though not great.
    It's worth a try. Older ones do help organise too.
  7. wellingtonboot

    wellingtonboot New commenter

    9 classes: Y6 helpers and Reception eat at 12.05. KS1 eat at 12.15, while KS2 go outside. KS2 called in class by class from 12.30, with the order changed weekly, so not always same ones first/ last.
    Lunchtime club members eat together, either first or between KS1 & KS2 sittings, and football players eat last, which minimises dining room noise & problems on the playground.
    Apart from Reception (whom Y6 helpers take out), children clear up and take themselves outside when they've finished, except anyone having school dinners who has not eaten everything needs to ask permission to leave the table, so staff can monitor if anyone is not eating.

  8. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Well between the hours of 11.15 and 1.15 it is a dinner hall. The rest of the time it is a gym, sports hall, assembly hall, overflow classroom, general thoroughfare, etc...
  9. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    We don't even have time for that. Lunch is sandwiches in classrooms for all. Not ideal.

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