Pocklington Community Junior School


Lunchtime is staggered for pupils and takes place between 11.45am and 1.15pm. Pupils in Years 3 and 4 start their lunch at 11.45am and return to their afternoon sessions at 12.45pm. Pupils in Years 5 and 6 start their lunch at 12.15pm and return to their afternoon lessons at 1.15pm. The children can have a school meal, a packed lunch or can be collected by an adult to have a home lunch. We have a team of dedicated Lunchtime staff who care for and supervise the children.

OPAL project

The school has embarked on an ambitious reinvention of our lunchtimes. Following extensive research into best practice, we identified Outdoor Play And Learning (OPAL) as the approach and we are now fully engaged in this programme. This approach ties closely with our school values and fosters the behaviours and attitudes that children need as they grow to ensure they are productive, risk-aware members of society. The programme recognises  that core skills  are best accrued by children through high quality play, including co-operation, context rich language use, problem solving, negotiation, creativity and mental and physical well-being. OPAL enables schools to clearly evidence both a base-line and also a monitorable improvement strategy for active learning, well being and physical activity.

For more information on the programme, please visit the OPAL website, available here.

Our first adaptations had a dramatic impact on lunchtimes:

“Yesterday, [my child] came home full of energy and saying she’d had the best day EVER at school.  She seemed totally liberated, free and so enthusiastic. A total transformation from the usual lethargic response of “I’m tired, I’ll tell you about my day later!”.It was wonderful to see and I’m sure that enthusiasm will continue into the classroom post-lunch to help her learning flourish. Thank you so much, it is wonderful to see such a creative approach to education and injecting FUN into their school experience.” – Parent of Year 6 child

“I wanted to congratulate you on recognising the importance of play and learning through play at school. Personally I would rather my child came home with muddy knees and got the odd bump or scrape than missed out on opportunities for play and risk taking. We are constantly battling with the screen obsession at home, and try to give the children lots of other opportunity to play.” – Parent of Year 5 child

School Meals

School lunches are prepared and served on the premises by our kitchen staff. Our Autumn & Winter 2019 menu is set in-line with the ERYC menus. Meals cost £2.30 per day and payment by cheque or cash should be sent in on a Monday for any meals required that week (cheques payable to WLP). You can also pay for meals electronically by registering for a School Gateway account:

  • Enter the email address and mobile phone number we have on record for you and select the ‘Send PIN’ button
  • A PIN number will be text to your mobile which you then use to log on to the site

Examples of our school meal portion sizes as directed by ERYC are show below and the full ERYC Food Guidelines can be found here.

Free School Meals

In order to support parents, the government provides Free School Meals to children whose families are eligible for certain benefits; this is not just for children whose parents are unemployed.

If eligible, your child could have a Free School Meal on a daily basis, saving up to £400 over a year. For every Free School Meal child in the school, the school receives a further £600 into the budget to be spent on supporting and developing the child.

Your child(ren) will be entitled to free school meals if you as the parent are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

    • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
    • 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 Pension Credit
    • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
    • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

    Entitlement to free school meals is kept as confidential as possible.  The free school meal will remain in place for as long as your child continues to attend an East Riding of Yorkshire school and you continue to be entitled to one of the above qualifying benefits. Remember –  you must contact East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s benefit section if your circumstances change and you are no longer in receipt of one of the listed benefits.

If you think your child may be eligible for Free School Meals, you can either pop into the office to chat to one of our administration team, or use the portal on the East Riding website which can be found here.