Block B - History of the Olympics
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.
Focus on the Olympic games, look at their history and examine how the competitors prepared in those early days. Learn about the modern Olympic games and the values they try to uphold.
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.
Look at the origins of the Olympic Games and explore the Ancient Greek culture of the day. Imagine what it would have been like for the first athletes as they prepared for competing - try the foods they ate, the rituals they participated in and make komboloi, Ancient Greek worry beads.
Find out about Baron Pierre de Coubertin and the part he played in establishing the modern Olympic Games. Explore Coubertin's beliefs that sport could bring peace and harmony among countries. Make origami Olympic rings and understand the significance of each ring.
Look at who supervises the Modern Olympic Games and how they decide the host nation for each Games. Reflect on the Olympic Ideal and the various events within the Olympic Movement. Make a collective Olympic torch in the style of London 2012 and reflect on the need for inclusion and teamwork.