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Study the geography and winter sports of Norway in preparation for a 'top trumps'-style briefing of sports executives for the winter Olympics - consider forces and investigate friction challenges using scientific methods, processes and skills.

Session 1 The landscape, climate and winter sports of Norway

Objectives

Geography

  • Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe.
  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical geography including climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers and mountains.

PE

  • Use running and jumping in isolation and in combination.
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.

Teaching and Activities

Take part in a training camp that develops certain skills and muscles to succeed in a range of winter sports and find out about some of the winter sports popular in Norway. Identify geographic reasons for Norway’s suitability to host these sports.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To locate Norway on a map of the world and create a ‘sports map’ of Norway, identifying fjords and mountains.
  • To participate in circuit training that focuses on balance, strength and endurance.

Children will:

  • Take part in a ‘training camp’ for Norwegian winter sports.
  • Create a winter ‘sports map’ of Norway linking climate and landscape to sports.

Provided Resources

  • Norwegian winter sports
  • Mystery destinations and clues
  • Maps of Norway
  • Ski resort maps

You Will Need

  • Atlases

Session 2 The geography of summer and winter sports

Objectives

Geography

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography including climate zones, rivers and mountains, and land use and economic activity.

PE

  • Use running and jumping in isolation and in combination.
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.

Teaching and Activities

Discover how seasons within the Norwegian climate impacts on the sports played. Play a fun, high-octane climate sports game and create your own infographics for the Olympic Committee and prospective sports enthusiasts.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To link terrain and climate to sports activities.
  • To develop further strength and balance skills through specific exercises.

Children will:

  • Play Seasonal Sports game to develop specific strength and balance skills and to reinforce understanding of the landscape and land-use in different seasons.
  • Create sports infographics for a range of winter and summer Norwegian sports.

Provided Resources

  • Trysil sports (covering: Trysil (Summer) Trysil (Winter))
  • Trysil sports (Summer or Winter?)
  • Seasonal Sports game
  • Infographic images
  • Sample infographic design images
  • Sample infographic

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 3 The science of sport: forces

Objectives

Science

  • Notice that some forces need contact between two objects.

PE

  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.

Teaching and Activities

Take part in an obstacle force course designed to develop fitness and agility for winter sports, and discover the forces in action for these sporting endeavours. Play ‘sports force’ and highlight the objects that need to make contact in order to create certain forces.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To consolidate understanding of push, pull, twist forces and identify the forces used in a range of Norwegian winter sports.
  • To take part in a sports obstacle course, noting the forces used to overcome each obstacle.

Children will:

  • Watch a video clip to consolidate and reinforce understanding of push, pull and twist.
  • Take part in a sports obstacle course, noting the forces (and contact required to make the forces) used to overcome each obstacle.
  • Play ‘sports force’ game, collecting the forces used in a range of Norwegian winter sports and saying what objects made contact to create the force.

Provided Resources

  • The science of sport: forces, covering: Obstacle force course set up and guidance
  • Sports force game
  • Guidance on forces
  • Sports force game cards

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Weblinks

Forces from bbc.co.uk

Session 4 The science of sport: friction

Objectives

Geography

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography including climate zones and mountains and land use and economic activity.

Science

  • Ask relevant questions and use scientific enquiry to answer them.
  • Set up a simple practical enquiry, comparative and fair test.
  • Make systematic and careful observations and take accurate measurements; gather, record and present data to help answer question.
  • Compare how things move on different surfaces.

Maths

  • Measure and compare lengths; interpret and present data using bar charts and tables.
  • Solve comparison questions using info presented in scaled bar charts

Teaching and Activities

Use a range of sports equipment, ground coverings and a Newton Meter to investigate and measure the effects of friction on various sports. Then create your own set of sporting ‘top trumps’ cards with all your Norwegian sports knowledge and discoveries and present them to winter Olympics executives.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To record a range of physical and human aspects of geography that impact on winter sports.
  • To carry out an investigation into the impact of friction on a toy car moving across different surfaces.
  • To create and analyse a bar chart based on data from their science investigation.

Children will:

  • Investigate and compare the impact of friction on stopping distances for a range of surfaces.
  • Present and interpret data in bar charts.
  • Create Norwegian sports trumps cards using all of the information gleaned throughout the block.
  • Use all resources developed during the block to brief Olympics executives on Norwegian sports.

Provided Resources

  • Friction in sport covering, Investigation question
  • Investigation question
  • Friction investigation
  • Results tables
  • Sample Trumps cards
  • Trumps cards template).

You Will Need

  • Cars
  • Ramps
  • Access to carpet
  • Lino and floor tiles