Churchlands Primary School

 Crunch & Sip Policy


Crunch & Sip break is a short afternoon break each day for students to eat fruit or vegetables and drink water in the classroom.  Churchlands Primary School has introduced Crunch & Sip to support students to establish healthy eating habits whilst at school.


The objectives of the Crunch & Sip break are to:

1. increase awareness of the importance of eating fruit or vegetables and drinking water every day

2. enable students and staff to eat fruit or vegetables during an allocated Crunch & Sip break in the classroom to maintain energy levels

3. encourage students and staff to drink water throughout the day 

4. encourage parents to provide students with fruit or vegetables every day

In the classroom 

Teachers will: 

set a Crunch & Sip time each day in the morning or afternoon 

encourage students daily to eat a piece of fruit or vegetable in the classroom during the designated Crunch & Sip break

encourage students to drink a bottle of water in the classroom throughout the day

Students will be encouraged to:

bring fruit or vegetables to school each day to eat at the break

wash their water bottle and fill it with water daily.




All fresh fruit is permitted (eg whole fruits, chopped melon)

Fruit canned with artificial sweeteners added is not permitted.  Artificial sweeteners are not recommended for children.

Dried fruit is permitted, although, fresh fruit or vegetables is the first choice because dried fruit contains high concentration of natural sugar and it tends to cling to teeth, increasing risk of tooth decay (eg sultanas)


All fresh vegetables are permitted (eg celery, carrot sticks, broccoli bits etc.)


Only plain water is to be consumed in the classroom

Foods not permitted at the designated Crunch & Sip break

All other foods  (see Permitted food and drink at the designated Crunch & Sip break)

All other drinks (including waters with added vitamins, minerals, or carbonates) are not permitted including:  

Fruit juice or fruit juice drink

Fruit cordial or mineral waters

Vegetable juices