PUPILS at two primary schools in the Cotswolds have competed in a virtual sports day.
Last Friday should have been sports day, one of the highlights of the summer term, for children at Bibury and North Cerney Primary Schools.
A traditional sports day was going to be impossible during lockdown but the staff and children did not let that defeat them.
Using Padlet, the online learning platform used by both schools, the children were challenged to take part in a full range of traditional sports day activities, including running, jumping and throwing as well as egg and spoon and obstacle races.
They also included their maths skills through keeping score and measuring and involving all family members.
Without access to the specialist equipment available in school, the children were encouraged to adapt and improvise, including Speed Bounce over a rolled up towel and throwing stuffed socks into buckets.
One pupil even used their bodyboard in their garden using a tarp and water to create a surface to surf on.
Children were then asked to share what they had been doing by posting pictures on Padlet.
PE teacher, Mrs Sue Dearsley said: “We have been overwhelmed by pictures, videos and messages from children in both schools.
“In the true spirit of lockdown, families have shown amazing ingenuity in designing back garden obstacle races, going for walks and cycle rides together and involving their dog in a work out.
“Two families even managed a 100m race using video calling, which ended in a photo finish.”
Jack, a year 6 pupil at Bibury Primary School added: “Our virtual sports day was lots of fun especially when my mum and big brother took part in our family trampolining event!”