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Resources School Olympics
Resource Preview You can organise a school wide sports competition to help the children celebrate the Olympic games. As preparation for the event, the class can investigate some of the different countries that take part in the games using geographical skills to identify some of their customs and traditions. The children can spend time training for different sports that they can participate in during the whole school event with each child chosen to compete in one event.

Working in art and design, the children can create medals and trophies to award to winners in the different sport events. The class can work in design technology, to make equipment such as hurdles for different sports. The class can develop their literacy skills by writing news reports about what happened during the school sport competition.

Class Countries
Get each class in the school to select a country to represent for the school sports competition. The children can produce art and written work to add to a display board around the school to describe the physical and political geography of their selected country. The class can produce a map of the selected country and then pinpoint special locations such as major cities, mountains and rivers. Get the children to add some quiz questions which other pupils in the school can answer by using some of the information that has been added to the display board. The class can also show the names of different sports in the language for the country.

Sport Training
In the build up to the school sports competition, get the class to spend weekly lessons practising some of the sports that will feature in the school games such as a hurdle sprint, a seated football throw or a skipping race. Allow each child to practise the different events before selecting individual children to take part in one sport during the school competition. Choose some of the class who are expert in particular sports to demonstrate their skills to support other pupils. The children can keep a record of their timings and distances so that they can try and improve their performances before the school Olympics competition.

Medals and Trophies
Working in Art and Design, the children can make a range of artefacts to use during the school Olympics. The class can make some medals to award winners in different sports by covering circles of thick cardboard in coloured foil. The children can then use scissors to score illustrations and lettering to complete each medal before attaching a ribbon. The class can also make some trophies to award to competitors by using cardboard boxes to build the shape of a trophy which can then be covered in coloured foil paper and completed by adding labels to name the sports.

School Competition
Choose an afternoon during the summer term for the whole school to get together to participate in each of the different sport events that the classes have been practising in previous lessons such as a sprinting race, a standing long jump and a Frisbee disc throwing competition. If you have children from different year groups competing in the same sport then you will need to provide younger children with an advantage to try and make the races and competitions fairer such as shorter hurdles or a lighter ball to throw from a seated position. At the end of the day, medals and trophies can be awarded to children who have come first, second and third in different sports and games.

Sport Reports
As a follow-up to the school Olympics, the children can develop their literacy skills by composing news reports describing some of the events that happened during the competition. Teach the children how to structure and format a news report to include eye-witness statements and answers to the questions of who, when, where, what and why. You can collate the children's reports into a newspaper which can then be distributed around the other classes in the school.

Resource Preview Throwing and Catching
Refine and practise skills in sending and receiving a ball

Recommended Teaching Group: Year 1/2

     Resource Preview Athletic Training
Develop and practise skills in sprinting, throwing and jumping ready for a competition

Recommended Teaching Group: Year 5/6

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