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Lunchtime Rules and Behaviour Expectations

At William Austin Infant School we work really hard to promote positive behaviour at lunchtime. Lunchtime is a large proportion of your child’s day in school and we want this to be a positive and enjoyable social time.

We remind the children of the importance of following the rules to ensure they enjoy the social part of lunchtime as much as they enjoy their food. Please support our efforts by reinforcing good eating habits at home.


The lunchtime rules are:

  1. We wash our hands before eating
  2. We line up quietly and talk quietly
  3. We show respect to all staff at lunchtime
  4. We sit properly on our chair
  5. We remember to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’
  6. We use our knife, fork and spoon properly
  7. We walk when we are in the dining hall and in the corridors on the way to the playground
  8. We wait until we have an empty mouth before we speak
  9. We put our hand up if we have a problem
  10. We tidy up and clear our plate when we have finished.


As well as encouraging and promoting good behaviour in the dining hall, we are working hard to encourage the children to play games with their peers on the playground. The atmosphere on all playgrounds has been very positive and it is wonderful to see the children playing with their peers and enjoying their time outside during lunchtime…it is fair to say that the adults have also had a fun time joining in the games and leading activities for the children!