CHILDREN at a Romsey primary school worked up a sweat this week in a bid to stay fit during the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, pupils at Romsey Abbey C of E Primary School, Church Lane, joined viewers across the country for Joe Wicks’ 30 minute workout, finishing outdoors in the sunshine.

This comes after the Government announced last week schools across England would shut for all pupils, except those related to critical workers.

A school spokesperson said: “The children loved this workout and really entered into the spirit of it.

“We started indoors but we were so warm and the weather so good we finished our workout in the open air; this was only one of many varied activities we are doing each day to provide necessary child care for our parents who are doing the all-important jobs as critical workers.”

The primary school also worked with the Royal British Legion, who helped supply free school meals for children entitled to the service.

Headteacher, Julie-Anne Palfrey, said: “We want to thank the staff and volunteers at the Romsey branch of the Royal British Legion for supporting us during this unprecedented time.

“They are providing each pupil, entitled to free school meals, with enough food for five meals and a recipe sheet to support in the preparation of each meal.

“We have asked families to contact the Royal British Legion to arrange collection of the meals but the Legion has kindly offered to deliver if the family are self-isolating.”

She added: “It is reassuring we are all working together during these very difficult times.”

The school are providing “online resources to help children continue to learn”, according to Ms Palfrey.

She said: “All of these can be found for each year group under the ‘learning’ tab on our school website; children have been given any logins that they need to access any online learning platforms.”