School Meals

School Food Policy
All of our children in EYFS, Y1 & Y2 receive a free hot meal in school every day. The children in these year groups are not permitted to bring in a packed lunch from home.
Children in Y3 upwards can choose to order lunches at the reasonable price of £2.50 a day on our ParentMail system, or they can bring in a healthy packed lunch from home.

Poplar Farm School Kitchen

Our kitchen staff work extremely hard to provide a varied menu of school dinners for pupils at Poplar Farm.

The school's philosophy has been shaped and aligned by research from a group of professionals based at the University of Birmingham, with a particular focus on exploring a range of tastes and textures.

Here is an overview of the ‘Children and Taste Research’, as seen on BBC’s Horizon documentary, ‘The Truth About Taste’

Children experience taste more intensely, both physiologically and psychologically, than adults. Some young people are more sensitive to tastes and textures, whilst others experience high levels of neophobia – a fear of new foods. Such trepidation can continue into adulthood, causing reluctance to try new foods, especially fruit and vegetables.

Influences on taste and food acceptance derive from a variety of factors during infancy. Exposure to the diet of the mother in the womb, variation of foods experienced during weaning and parental consumption of healthy foods during the toddler years are all considered important components.

Parents are encouraged to persist with their attempts to offer new foods, particularly those that are described as ‘middle of the road’ preference. It is estimated that it takes 8-15 exposures (seeing, smelling and tasting) for such foods to be accepted.

Promoting a variety of food intake relies on not being too pressurising or too permissive about tasting new products. Parents are encouraged to model intake, prompt children to taste new foods, provide a positive climate during mealtimes and use small rewards for trying new foods.

Packed lunch guidance for Y3 upwards
The information below about packed lunches is in line with the government guidance for school lunches. We encourage healthy lunches, and teach the children in school about a balanced diet.
- Suggested packed lunch items include:
  • sandwich / salad / pasta / wrap
  • fresh fruit
  • cereal bar
  • dried fruit
  • yoghurt
  • crisps occasionally, but not everyday
  • carton of fruit juice
Items NOT permitted in packed lunches:
  • Nuts, including nutella
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Chocolate bars
  • Sweets

Please be advised that children any food or packaging waste will come home in the lunchbox. This will enable parents to see what has or has not eaten.

All children need their water bottle in school everyday, to enable them to keep hydrated throughout the day.

New menu meal

Some photos & feedback from our new menu item! Chilli con carne, served with rice, sweetcorn & tortilla wrap! 


Fresh Fruit Platter
The children were excited to tell us what their favourite fruit was and why!
Roald Dahl Day
The children enjoyed their 'Bruce' themed pudding, based on the book Matilda.
St.Patrick's Day
The children enjoyed the special St.Patrick's Day menu today!
Eat them to defeat them!
The children were very happy to defeat the carrots!!!
Pancake Day
The children enjoyed a 'pancake pudding' today!
National Curry Week
To celebrate national curry week, our kitchen staff prepared a menu for the children to try some different flavours. The children loved the meal!