Sports Tournaments

Block A - History of Athletics

Are you excited about a major sports tournament that is about to start? This topic takes the inspiration of a range of major sports including football, rugby, athletics, cycling, tennis and cricket to generate some fantastic learning opportunities. Learn about the origins and development of popular sports and their most important tournaments over time and stimulate some fantastic history learning. Find out about where sporting tournaments are taking place and which countries will be taking part and prompt some impressive geography learning. Research and discuss the values upheld by different sporting organisations; stage your own class tournaments and hone your PE skills. You will find a host of creative learning activities within these 12 blocks that capitalise on the energy and enthusiasm that great sports events stimulate.

Be inspired by an upcoming athletics event. Use this block to teach children about the history of athletics and to make a timeline of key events, research specific aspects of athletic history, use hot-seating and role-play to learn about the achievements of Roger Bannister. Read motivational quotes from athletics and discuss what motivates athletes to succeed.

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. 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: Athletics history

Create an overview of athletic history and research some specific aspects of athletic history. Learn about the achievements of Roger Bannister and his contribution to athletics, through hot-seating, role play and research.

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02: Motivations and goals

Discuss what motivates athletes to succeed. Hot-seat Eric Liddell and explore what motivated him to run and to compete. Understand that athletes in the spotlight can have a significant impact on the culture around them for a variety of reasons. 

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03: Playground athletics

Hot-seat Paula Radcliffe and understand her motivations to compete. Examine the skills needed by athletes and their training routines. Consider the attitude to health and diet that athletes have and make pledges to live a healthy lifestyle. Look at the variety of amateur athletics events and choose one to research and present to the class.