Famous for more than Five Minutes

Block K - Sportspeople

Study people who have made significant contributions both nationally and internationally. Be inspired by their achievements and try some projects in the same areas of expertise such as art, music, leadership, science, mathematics and invention. Be inspired by these role models, to dream of what you might achieve in the future. Choose famous people from the following broad historical eras: Tudor and Renaissance times (T), Victorian and early Modern times (V), Early Twentieth Century (E) and Late Twentieth /Early Twentieth Century (L). Each block will allow you to explore one or two changes in aspects of everyday life.

Learn about the lives and achievements of the athletes Jesse Owens and Ellie Simmonds, including typical days in their lives. Learn about the key changes and developments in sport from 1936 to the present, take part in exercises and organise an alternative Olympics – The Vegetable Olympics! Plan this event, present ideas, make vegetable Olympic flags, participate in the grand event and develop a final victory parade.

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Meet the athletes

Learn about the Olympics and Paralympics; Learn about the athletes Jesse Owens and Ellie Simmonds, their lives, achievements and challenges; Create a webpage using Weebly or another webpage design package.

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02: A day in the life

Learn about a day in the lives of Jesse Owens and Ellie Simmonds by reading daily accounts; Create short role-plays about the lives of Jesse Owens and Ellie Simmonds and share them with the class.

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03: Swifter, higher, stronger

Identify the key changes and developments in sports; Complete circuit activities and try to improve personal bests; Ask the question: Are athletes stronger now?

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04: Healthy body, healthy mind

Investigate healthy nutrition, past and present; Learn about the benefits of yoga; Take part in a yoga session in class.

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05: Organising a vegetable olympics

Examine the traditional Olympic events; Organise an alternative Olympics; Plan Olympic events and present ideas to the class.

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06: Organising a vegetable olympics 2

Repeat the Olympic oath; Make final preparations; Design and make flags to decorate class Olympic games.