Look at the history of the Tour de France and how it compares to the modern event. Learn something of the areas the Tour travels through and find out what it is like to compete in the modern Tour. Take a look behind the scenes at the support teams involved, and consider the importance of teamwork to enable success.

Session 1 The route

Objectives

Geography

  • Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

History

  • Continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.

Teaching and Activities

Look at the history of the Tour de France and how it compares to the modern event. Become familiar with the route on a map and learn something of the areas the Tour travels through. Make an origami Tour jersey.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To become familiar with the route on a map and learn something of the areas the Tour travels through.
  • To understand the significance of the coloured jerseys.
  • To look at the history of Le Tour de France and how it compares to the modern event.

Children will:

  • Recognise the route on a map and talk about the main features of a stage of the route, including climate, mountain profile and tourist attractions.
  • Understand the significance of the coloured jerseys.
  • Discuss and compare how Le Tour has changed throughout history.

Provided Resources

  • How to make an origami Tour de France jersey
  • The Tour de France 2016 route and team briefing instructions

You Will Need

  • A large yellow t-shirt
  • Yellow, green, white paper
  • Red felt tips
  • Globe or world maps.

Session 2 The race

Objectives

Geography

  • Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.

Design and Technology

  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Teaching and Activities

Find out what it is like to compete in the modern Tour by getting to know the riders of Team Sky. Take a look behind the scenes at the support teams involved, and consider the importance of teamwork to enable success. Make cycling energy bars with instructions by Simon Richardson, British professional cyclist.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate what it is like to compete in the modern Tour and take a look behind at the scenes at the support teams involved.
  • To reflect on their own personal goals.
  • To make nutritional cycling energy using a recipe by Simon Richardson, British National Mountain Bike Champion.

Children will:

  • Understand more fully what it is like to compete in the modern Tour and take a look behind the scenes at the support teams involved, considering the importance of teamwork to enable success.
  • Reflect on their own personal goals, how they plan on achieving them and who will support them.
  • Make a nutritional cycling energy bar.

You Will Need

  • Ingredients for energy bars.