The Covid pandemic and subsequent restrictions saw a boom in online fitness classes; think Joe Wicks' 'PE' lesson at 9am each morning. Whilst these were a fantastic way to engage members of the public, at Bedales we have always aimed to provide something different and the PE remote learning matched that ethos. Pupils were the driver and the PE department was the facilitator. 

Flexible, adaptive and engaging challenges were set during PE lesson time that pupils could complete on their own, with a family member or online with a friend - with a typically Bedalian opportunity to be creative. At the end of each task was a 'Fancy Something Different' suggestion for those who just wanted to make use of the allocated time to stretch their legs with another form of exercise.

Creative, collaborative, competitive


In this strand we asked pupils to think outside of the box. How creative could they be? Could they amend, adapt or create entirely new challenges?


In this strand, we asked pupils to work with a family member, or even online with a friend, to complete a challenge.


This strand was all about the competitive side. This included competing against yourself, a family member or a friend online to improve a score.

Dunhurst Wall Ball

Weekly overview of remote PE

In addition to weekly PE lessons, there was a daily opportunity to engage either individually or as a family. 

Monday - Beat the Teacher

A famous face from the Dunhurst community presented a challenge during Monday’s online assembly. Pupils needed brains, endurance or simply a sense of humour to reach the top of the leader board.

Watch an example of a Beat the Teacher challenge below.

Watch Nina Zietman's puddle jump challenge

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Tuesday - Will's Workout (Groups)

A 20 minute blast for any Groups (Years 4-6) pupil wishing to take part. A range of exercises to get the heart pumping but also some strength exercises using a variety of household objects to create a workout at home!

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Wednesday - Will's Workout (Blocks)

A 20 minute blast for any Dunhurst Blocks pupil (Years 7-8) wishing to take part. It was great to see our younger pupils request to join the older workout as the term progressed and some pupils getting their whole family involved.

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Thursday - Skills Challenge

Pupils were challenged to replicate a great moment from sporting history in the comfort of their own home or garden.

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Friday - Garden Athletics

In the absence of our usual whole school JAW Athletics, a Garden Athletics video was posted each week encouraging pupils to challenge their family to a variety of imaginative re- creations of traditional Olympic events.

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Challenge Tournament

As an alternative to fixtures, at Dunhurst we created the Challenge Tournament. A number of schools came on board and each week a challenge was set to pupils. This varied between fitness and skills tasks. Pupils submitted results with video evidence and scores were collated. At the end of each week, a league table was published for each age group with a winning school announced.

The Challenge Tournament was such a success, it even made it into the local press.

Sports Award Assembly

Check out our Half Term Awards Assembly:

National School Sports Week

Whilst our traditional full week of events was not able to take place, we were not put off and were keen to ensure the penultimate week of term was packed with activities and events as usual.

Monday - The Dunhurst Dash

Rather than our inflatable assault course around the school grounds, pupils were encouraged to create their own course at home this year. Our own demonstration and instructions were provided by video before pupils set to work. A huge range of videos were submitted and prizes awarded for the longest and most intricate and complex courses.

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Wednesday - The Biathlon

With no access to a pool for many, our usual triathlon was cut to just two disciplines. Pupils were set age appropriate distances to cover on foot and bike. Those without a bike were set the ‘Running Challenge’ (cover as much distance as possible in 20 minutes).

Six other schools came on board with this event and the top three scores from each year group contributed to a team score.

By this point, some pupils were able to complete this event in school, others submitted Strava or equivalent screen shots to confirm their times.

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Friday - Sports Day

A whole day packed full of sports activities. Our Block 2 (Year 8) pupils enjoyed their final Dunhurst Sports Day in school, whilst other year groups competed from home. The day started with a sports quiz, before moving onto a huge variety of cross curricular activities – pupils choosing which to complete, each gaining a number of points for their house depending on complexity of the task. The afternoon was then spent completing physical challenges, based on traditional sports day events. 

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