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UK Teaching: The London Olympics Part Two

Continuing her blog series UK Teaching: The London Olympics, Primary Teacher Caitlin has some more great ideas!  


Display the times from an Olympic event or if possible give each student a copy of them. The results from the 2008 400m sprint can be found at

Ask students to complete the following questions:

  • Round each time to the nearest .5
  • Who got silver?
  • Who took the bronze?
  • How much did first place beat second place by?
  • What was the time difference between first and last place?
  • How much faster would 4th place have needed to be to get the bronze medal?
  • Which runner was closest to 45 seconds and what was the difference?
  • How much faster was the male gold medallist than the female gold medallist?

Graphing the Chariot Races

Have students find a partner and give each pair two straws, a timer and a cotton wool ball. Each student must blow their cotton ball from a starting point to a finish line while their partner times how long this takes. Bring the class together as a group and record each score on the whiteboard.

Ask the students-

·         Who wins, silver and bronze medals?

·         How many people blew the ball faster than (name a child)

·         How could we display this information to another class so that it would be easy to interpret?

·         Have the students choose six people and create a graph display their results in their maths book or on a blank sheet of paper. Ask early finishers to write some facts about the graph. Eg. Simon blew the ball 2.2 seconds faster than Claire.


Print out a range of countries flags and display them on the white board. Ask students if there anything they notice about these flags?

Anything that links them?

How are they the same or different?

Explain that they are the flags which represent some of the countries competing in the Olympic Games.

Give the students a sheet which displays the flags you have talked about.

Cut and paste the flags into categories of ‘symmetrical’ and ‘non symmetrical’. If you have access to hand mirrors this may help some of the children.

Problem solving

The original Olympic Games began in Greece in the year 776. The modern Olympics started in 1896 and have occurred every four years since. How many years ago were the first Olympic Games? How many games has there been since 1896?

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

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Bringing the Olympics to the Classroom: Part One
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