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Break Times

Morning break is from 10.25 am to 10.40 am.

We encourage all pupils to have plenty of fresh air and physical exercise every day and so we aim to let pupils play outside at every break and lunch time. The children should therefore always bring a waterproof jacket to wear outdoors.

As part of promoting healthy living, we encourage children to bring in healthy snacks. Because of food allergies suffered by some of our pupils, Priorsford Primary is a ‘nut free zone’. Parents are asked to help by making sure they do not send food containing nuts to school and by discouraging children from sharing food.  We would also ask that you do not to send in birthday cakes, chocolate or sweets on birthdays for the same reason.

Our dinner ladies will always provide fresh fruit at breaktimes for any child who does not have a snack.

It is important that children have regular access to water throughout the day. Please supply your child with a water bottle with a sports cap. Water coolers are located in the infant and upper areas of the school and your child can fill up their water bottle at any time during the day. Juice (not fizzy) can be brought in for lunchtime but children will not be allowed to drink juice in the classroom.

We are trying to avoid using single-use plastic bottles and we would encourage children to bring in their own (labelled) reusable water bottle every day.


Lunchtime runs from 12.20pm to 1.15pm on a Monday to Thursday and from 11.50am – 12.40pm on a Friday. The lunch menu works on a four-week rota – copies of this menu are available from the school office and on the Council website. The school uses an on-line payment for dinners called ParentPay. To order lunches, you must activate an account to choose meal options and pay on-line. Further information and passwords will be given out once your child has enrolled in school.

The staff on duty in the dinner hall always encourage children to try at least a little of what they have on their plate or in their packed lunch. Any items in a packed lunch that are not eaten will be sent home so parents know what and how much their child has eaten.

We allow the children to eat outside in the fresh air whenever the weather permits although children can still eat inside whenever they want.

Children can bring in a packed lunch or go home for lunch. For safety and security reasons, P1-3 children should not go home unaccompanied at lunchtime. P4 to P7 children are allowed to make their own way home. All children who have had home lunches must report to the school office on return to school.