Sarah Williams, chair, Friends of Ladygrove Primary
School, Telford, Shropshire (295 pupils) told us about her DIY
wacky wipeout event:
'We wanted to run an event that enabled our Year 6 pupils to let
off steam after completing their SATs. A "wipeout" was chosen as it
would involve the whole school while also promoting physical
activity and raising money.
We started planning four months before the event, sourcing
equipment that already belonged to the school, then approaching
local businesses for sponsorship to fund additional equipment, such
as water pistols, animal sponges and bubble machines.
We created a letter with a permission slip and sponsor form,
which went out to all pupils, who then sought sponsors at home.
The all-day event was held on the playing field, the week after
SATs. We ran several sessions throughout the day and each session
was timed and allocated to a class.
The PTA arrived early (around 8:15am) to set up the course. This
was quite quick as we'd already done a dry run the day before.
Children set off in pairs, and when they reached the fourth
obstacle the next pair would go. Members of the PTA and children
from Years 5 and 6 were dotted around the course to provide
support, fire water pistols and throw wet sponges! (This was
tailored to suit the age groups taking part.)
For the final run, the teaching staff and TAs ran the
course while being soaked by the children! And at 3:15pm
parents were able to run the obstacle course for our final
lap. A total of 260 children and 20 adults ran the course, and
we raised almost £900!'
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