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UK Teaching: The London Olympics

Caitlin is a Primary School Teacher working in Manchester UK schools through Protocol Education, and you can read her previous blogs here.

Bringing the Olympics to the Classroom

As the London UK Olympic Games approach supply teachers can be thankful, we can engage children in learning by using a current event and we can create those personal connections to learning and give the students a sense of ownership, the Olympic Games are taking place in our own backyard (Having lived in Britain for a year today I am granting myself the right to call it my backyard too).  

In the next few months students will be immersed in the events and celebrations surrounding the games. The Olympic Torch relay will come within 10miles of 95% of people living in the UK, giving all residents a chance to be involved and soak up the Olympic spirit. To help students to get the most out of the Olympic Games I am hoping to implement some Olympic themed activities into my supply teaching. A Google search will give you loads of ideas, and below are some numeracy activities which I have adapted and made my own. Keep an eye out over the next few months I am intending to create and share Olympic activities to cover other areas of the curriculum.

Measurement-The Javelin Toss

You will need tape measures for this activity.

Talk about the technique of the javelin toss, show images of a javelin event if you have an IWB. Explain that the students are going to be involved in a javelin toss of their own. Have students each make a paper aeroplane, create some space in the classroom or use the hall if possible. Have students stand along a line and throw their plane. Ask them to measure the distance of their throw and record it. Repeat this twice more. You could have finals if time permits. If you only have a couple of tape measures you could send small groups a time outside do complete the activity with a teaching assistant, or send them into the corridor and leave the classroom door open.

Back in the classroom record the results on the white board. Who receives bronze, silver and gold?

Look at the distances of your three throws, did you improve? How much by?

Ask students to convert their measurements into meters, centimetres and millimetres.

Olympic relay

Prepare a set of questions which focus on your current maths unit, or just use the operations.

Divide the class into groups of four or five. Have the groups choose a country competing in the games as their team name. Provide one student from each group with a question and let them work out their answer on the whiteboard. When they have completed the problem correctly the next student from their group comes to the board to answer a question. The first group to finish all of the problems accurately wins the race.

Watch this space for Bringing the Olympics to the Classroom: Part Two...

~ By Caitlin, a Primary Supply Teacher working through Protocol Education in Manchester UK. Click here to read more by Caitlin.

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