Happy Lunchtimes


We had an awesome day when Steve Harris visited school to help staff and pupils improve the lunchtime experience.  He ‘taught’ us all about the Happy Lunchtime system which we have now introduced in school.  

The School Council worked with Steve to help set our goals for lunchtimes, these are:

  • For pupils to show respect to staff, equipment and each other.
  • For pupils to play with kindness and consideration
  • For a quieter, pleasant dining hall.


Everybody is enjoying the new system, pupils say they enjoy the different activities in the Play Zone and staff have noticed pupils having a go at new games.

Happy Lunchtime and Lunchtime Behaviour System for Midday Supervisors– Trial 2018-19

Following our Happy Lunchtime training we are trialling a variation to our whole school behaviour system for midday supervisors to use.  The trial will take place during the academic year 2018-19, commencing 24th September 2018.  The system will only be used by midday supervisors during the lunchtime period.  Over the trial period amendments may be made to the lunchtime system to suit school and pupil needs.  It is intended that the middays lunchtime system will dovetail into the whole school behaviour system and be fully implemented from September 2019.


Our Happy Lunchtime System is as follows:


Goals – the school council/ pupils have been set a series of goals.  These include:

  • For pupils to show respect to staff, equipment and each other.
  • For pupils to play with kindness and consideration
  • For a quieter, pleasant dining hall.

The Zone – an area of playground will be known as ‘The Zone’. Each day a different activity will take place, drawn from a wide range of activities designed to appeal to differing ‘styles’ of play.


The Zone will be supervised by midday staff who will determine each day’s activity.  They will ensure the rules are known and respected.


The Zone is designed to be inclusive – a place where everybody is welcome to come and play.


The Zone is designed to embed ‘novelty’ into the playground offering. 


Middays will take it in turn on a rota to plan the daily activity.  This will be put up on a board so pupils know what the game is.  (At a later stage, pupils may be allowed to introduce their own game of the week.).  A booklet of activities is available for middays to get ideas from.


Rules for the Zone

  • Use the equipment in the zone – it can’t be taken out of the zone
  • Everyone can join in  (Children should reply ‘Of course you can’ when asked by another child if they can join in)


The Dining Hall

Staff and pupils want to ensure that the hall is a quiet and pleasant area to eat dinner.   Staff will use an orange card to indicate that the volume is too loud/ turn it down and a red card if this doesn’t happen.  Pupils will be set a challenge to have 6 consecutive days without a red card.  Further challenges will be then set eg 10 days will be awarded with music in the hall.



The school will trial using themed rooms for wet playtimes eg a games room, a ‘TV’ room, an active room, a quiet room.  This will be developed over the trial.


At lunchtime the Middays will use the following ABC Sanctions:


A = a QUIET WORD – used when somebody ‘gets carried away’.  This involves telling pupils what is not acceptable without ‘telling them off’.


Middays should: 1. Listen if a child wants to explain. 2. Remain quiet and calm.  3. Be crystal clear about expectations 4. Leave pupil with a smile.


B = 2 MINUTE REFLECTION AND APOLOGY.  This is used when expectations / or school rules have been made clear but the pupil decides not to follow them.  It is deliberate/ pre-meditated misbehaviour.  It becomes 5 minutes ONLY if the pupil is un- cooperative or cheeky etc. 


Middays will explain what was unacceptable and the pupil will have a 2 minute time-out accompanied by the staff member quietly.  The pupil will be asked to apologize and reflect on what they did,  accept that they were wrong, show respect and take responsibility.  At the end of the reflection period the midday will end the period positively with a thank you.


If the pupil refuses to co-operate and show the midday respect then the Midday will give them a warning.  If you don’t do it now it will be 5 minutes.

If the child still refuses then the reflection period becomes 5 minutes.


C= this is red line behaviour eg bullying, racism, violence, swearing, out right defiance ( eg refusing 5 minutes reflection with midday).  In our 1,2,3 Magic behaviour system they are the behaviour actions that are a 3. 


In this instance, the pupil is sent to the HT or Senior Staff.  The staff member deals with them according to the 1,2,3 Magic system and sanctions.  The HT/ Senior member of staff then takes the pupil back to the midday supervisor for the pupil to apologize and spend 2 minutes reflecting with the midday.




  1. Pom Poms.  Middays can award poms poms freely for positive behaviour during lunchtime.  Pom poms will be collected in four sweet jars ( one per house). The winning house will be announced in growing and glowing time (or on twitter / by text if no assembly) each week.
  2. Certificate – each midday will nominate a pupil for a special mention in growing and glowing time.  Certificates will include pupil name, staff name and reason for the award. Where possible the reason will be linked to our character education work and Christian values.
  3. TOP TABLE – Once every half term midday supervisors will nominate 5 or 6 pupils (and a friend for each one) to sit at the ‘top-table’. The table will be decorated. A midday will attend the table with another member of staff covering the work.


Teaching Staff should be punctual at the start and end of dinner.  They should ensure that pupils have been to a midday before they get involved and ensure pupils know it is the middays decision.  Useful wording is to say ” I’m the wrong person to ask the middays are in charge.”



During the trial pupils will review the happy lunchtime system via the class and school council

Middays will meet with the headteacher once every half term to review the system.

Teachers will have an opportunity to review Happy Lunchtimes at half termly summary self -evaluation meetings.