Famous for more than Five Minutes
Sportspeople

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.

Session 1 Meet the athletes

Objectives

History

  • Be taught about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
  • Know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

Computing

  • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To identify and research Jesse Owens and Ellie Simmonds.
To create a webpage to display their research information.

Children will:

  • Identify Jesse Owens and Ellie Simmonds.
  • Research the lives of Ellie Simmonds and Jesse Owens.
  • Create a webpage to display their research information.

You Will Need

  • Small footstool or box
  • Toy medal
  • Individual whiteboards and pens
  • Laptops

Session 2 A day in the life

Objectives

History

  • Be taught about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.
  • Know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

English

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To learn about a typical day in the lives of an Olympian/Paralympian.
To develop understanding of the life of Ellie Simmonds and Jesse Owens.

Children will:

  • Learn about a typical day in the lives of an Olympian/Paralympian.
  • Begin to develop understanding of the lives of Ellie Simmonds and Jesse Owens through role-play, discussions and extracts.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 3 Swifter, higher, stronger

Objectives

History

  • Be taught about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

PE

  • Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.

Teaching and Activities

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

Teaching Outcomes
To investigate how athletes are changing; To sort images of technology and facts from different eras.
To compare their current performance results with previous results and try to achieve their personal best.

Children will:

  • Investigate how athletes are changing.
  • Sort images of technology and facts from different eras.
  • Compare performances with previous ones and try to achieve their personal bests.

Provided Resources

  • What has changed?
  • Circuit activities instructions
  • Circuit activities score sheet

You Will Need

  • Tape measures
  • Timers

Session 4 Healthy body, healthy mind

Objectives

History

  • Be taught about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

PE

  • Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.

Teaching and Activities

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

Teaching Outcomes
To learn about nutrition in the past and present.
To learn basic yoga poses.

Children will:

  • Learn about nutrition in the past and present.
  • Learn basic yoga poses.

You Will Need

  • Swimming the Dream by Ellie Simmonds
  • The children’s gym clothes

Session 5 Organising a vegetable olympics

Objectives

History

  • Be taught about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.

English

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.

Teaching and Activities

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

Teaching Outcomes
To learn about the origins of the Olympics.
To plan events for an Olympics and present their ideas to the class.

Children will:

  • Learn about the origins of the Olympics.
  • Plan events for a Vegetable Olympics and present their ideas to the class.

You Will Need

  • A variety of vegetables

Session 6 Organising a vegetable olympics 2

Objectives

English

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.

Art

  • Use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.

Teaching and Activities

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

Teaching Outcomes
To plan and organise the Vegetable Olympics.
To design and make a Vegetable Olympics flag.

Children will:

  • Plan and organise the Vegetable Olympics.
  • Design and make a Vegetable Olympic flag.

You Will Need

  • Jumbo craft sticks
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Thick card
  • Coloured paper
  • The children’s gym clothes and/or vegetable costumes
  • Optional: Awards