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Olympic legacy?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by warmandfuzzy, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. warmandfuzzy

    warmandfuzzy New commenter

    Apart from actually participating in more sport, does anyone have any ideas on how schools might best achieve the #inspireageneration intention? Or just keep the positive feelings about London2012 around a bit longer? I'm going to use the timer (from the opening/closing ceremony) and have Wenlock and Mandeville as reading buddies, but that's only a starter. What else could we do in the education system? A discussion here avoiding politics would be preferable - not selling off school fields is a biggie, but I was thinking about the smaller things, e.g. assemblies, displays, new behaviour management systems, etc.
  2. We introduced the Olympic values in assemblies throughout the summer term and also had stickers (search on Amazon) to give as rewards to children when they demonstrated each of the values (respect, excellence, friendship, equality, courage, determination, inspiration). The kids loved them but I still have some left over so intend to use them in September anyway. Also, the paralympic games will be on when we go back so will def be showing some clips of that in assemblies and in class.
  3. warmandfuzzy

    warmandfuzzy New commenter

    Olympic values are a great way to continue the momentum, thanks.
  4. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    Introduce mandatory drug testing.
  5. I'm creating a display about the achievements of Olympians (and Paralympians when it happens) to highlight various values such as perseverance - particularly highlighting people like Laura Trott who overcame a collapsed lung as a child. I've also got more 'human' stories to display such as Kirani James who won the 400m mens gold medal and referred to the fact that racing against Oscar Pistorius was a 'honour'. I'm trying not to make it completely team GB related and also not purely about the medal winners.
  6. warmandfuzzy

    warmandfuzzy New commenter

    Brilliant idea!
  7. JumpingStarfish

    JumpingStarfish New commenter

    Glad you started this thread - I had the same idea. Especially as I had no interest whatsoever in the Olympics before they started but became some kind of obsessed Olympic addict while they were on (I have no clue where it came from!) I'm determined to attempt to move the children away from worshipping football and reality-TV 'idols' and get them looking at real people who have worked so hard to get where they are and overcome many difficulties to get there. Like someone else said, I don't want it to just be about Team GB (although some of it will be obviously!) but about any Olympiad that had to work hard/fight for their place at the Olympics.
  8. I honestly think a major way you can use the 'energy' and excitement that the children will return with is to signpost clubs for them. A newsletter that basically informs the children of all the sporting clubs in the area might make the difference to them becoming more active outside school.
    You could get visitors that represent these clubs into school to promote themselves but for me the newsletter is quick and easy way to promote school without having to put on more clubs than you already do.
  9. like the idea of sharing sporting clubs details, although thats not always as easy as it sounds. Also like idea oc follecting stories of specif people like laura trott. maybe we could share and creat a resource here
  10. JumpingStarfish

    JumpingStarfish New commenter

    Sounds like a great idea bluerose, let's do it!
  11. ive made a start
    This South African runner is a double
    amputee, and he made history as the first amputee runner to compete in the
    Olympics. Although he didn't win any medals, Oscar did make it to the semifinals of
    the men's 400 meters, and the finals of the men's 4x400 relay, which is pretty
    impressive. He will also participate in the London 2012 Paralympics, which

    was just your average Olympics track and
    field hopeful attending USC — and then he was shot in the legs while
    attending a Halloween party near campus.The had
    been mistaken for someone else by two gang members. He was hospitalized for
    four months, and had to undergo three major surgeries, the most recent in 2011.
    Amazingly, he trained through the pain and managed to gain a spot on the
    Olympic team; he took home silver as part of the men's 4x400 relay, and he was
    selected by his fellow athletes to be the US flag bearer in the closing

    US runner Manteo Mitchell broke his leg while
    running in the 4x400 relay preliminaries. Rather than let his teammates down,
    he kept going. For 200 meters. As mentioned above, the team went on to win
    silver, and they couldn't have done it without Manteo.

    4. Sarah
    Attar and
    (Judo) are the first female athletes Saudi Arabia has ever allowed to
    participate in the Olympics. Although neither won medals, their courage in the
    face of controversy and harsh criticism from their home country is beyond
    inspiring and will lead to many more women being able to follow in their

    Marial was 8 years old, he was kidnapped by gunmen
    in Sudan and was forced to work in a labour camp. A week later he ran away
    during the night and hid in a cave until the sun came up. He then made his way
    to Egypt and eventually to the United States.
    said. “I was running back home to save my life.”
    Marial grew older, he found there were other
    reasons to run. Marial to
    join the high school track team when he was 16. From his success there he
    earned an athletic scholarship to Iowa State and became an All-American in
    cross-country. When Marial ran his first marathon in 2011, his time
    qualified him for the Olympics.
    Since South Sudan split from Sudan only one
    year ago, after a long and violent civil war, they do not yet have an Olympic
    body under which Marial said
    that he would not run for Sudan because he has lost 28 family members to the
    violence and disease associated with the war.
    But with the support of the Olympic
    committee, Marial will
    be able to run under the Olympic flag and run for the country he loves. And he
    could not be more excited.
    said. “Even though I will not carry their flag in this Olympic Games, the
    country itself is there.”

    52. In the
    build-up to the Sydney Olympics in 2000, Skelton fell off his horse the
    upper half of his spine immobilised for five months, he was told by surgeons
    that another fall could prove fatal and was forced to retire from the sport.
    But after consultation with a German specialist, the bones eventually healed
    and he returned to competition in 2002.
    Charles, who competed for Ireland in the 1992
    and 1996 Olympics, suffered a horrendous
    fall during a show in Hampshire in 2006, rupturing
    his spinal sheath, shattering three ribs and breaking a vertebra.
    After recovering several months later, the
    Liverpool-born rider with an Irish mother decided to switch nationality and
    compete for Great Britain, paving the road to London 2012.
    it mattered Peter Charles showed his very best. The crowd are on their feet,
    because the gold medal comes against one of the best around. What a tremendous
    "I've been to a lot of Games and made a
    lot of mistakes but I've finally got there," said Skelton, who had a hip
    replacement last year and is due to undergo surgery on a troublesome back later
    this year.
    overcame a collapsed lung, asthma and childhood sickness before securing her place
    in history, it has been revealed.

    Laura was born a month prematurely suffering from a collapsed lung. She took up cycling after
    her parents had been told as an asthmatic she would need to take part in sport
    to help regulate her breathing.

    And despite making cycling at speeds of up to 70km per hour look easy, Laura,
    from Cheshunt,
    Hertfordshire, has a particularly high acid lining in her stomach which means
    she often ends up vomiting after races.
  12. I've used some of the examples cited, I've also used quotes such as
    Laura Trott: "It's hard to believe I've gone from fighting for my life to being world champion."
    Michael Phelps: "You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you can get."
    Other stories:
    Joanne Rowsell who suffers from alopecia and decided that she wanted to get her medal without her wig as it sent a good message to fellow sufferers.
    Jade Jones had to rely on donations from people in her hometown of Flint to send her to her first internation Taekwondo competition.
    Katherine Grainger who won three silvers before getting a gold at London 2012.
    Highlighting that it's never too late: Helen Glover and Anthony Joshua had never tried their sports 4 years ago. They both went on to win gold at the Olympics.
    Becuase I think it had an impact on a lot of people I've referred to Purchase and Hunter who were unable to walk after their Olympic final and were apologetic for letting people down when they won 'only' silver. I've linked this to the fact that they have received thousands of messages from people who have said that they let no one down because they gave it their all. One of them (I think it was Hunter) was on Radio 5 recently when they had a live audience. A young boy of 10 said they'd not let anyone down because they'd inspired him to get involved in rowing.
    Niger rower Hamadou Djibo Issaka trained for just three months for the men's single sculls and stated that by simply going to the Olympics he has inspired people in Niger to get involved in rowing. They are just waiting for the boats to arrive.
    I've mentioned the sports that GB competed in that didn't have teams prior to the last Olympics (such as Handball). I've referred to how narrowly they lost games against teams that are much better than them and simply asked the question: what could they achieve next time?
    I've also got a photo of Olympic volunteers and referred to the fact that they received the biggest cheer of the Olympics Closing Ceremony - bigger than any of the pop stars, etc.
  13. If you work with older children what do you think of the idea of getting them to debate it? For example, highlight some of the stories and then get them to discuss which athletes best represent the various Olympic values.
  14. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Thee are some brilliant sports clubs out there but you need an enthusiastic and igilant teacher to point promising children in their direction!
    And the not-so-promising, of course, if they're keen...
    Let's not forget musical activities as an equally important part of school life for the musically-inclined - whether or not they enjoy sport but certainly as a valid alternative for children who don't.
    The same goes for school dramatics and gardening clubs, etc.

  15. thanks for sharing, im trying to create a ppt which ill share if ever get done
  16. Thanks for starting this topic. Like lots of people, I completely underestimated the impact the olympics would have on us as a nation and hadn't really intended to do much olympic stuff in the autumn term. Now, however, I think we really need to build upon it.
    I am planning to use a "Going for gold" theme for targets for the new school year, using pictures of olympians and getting children to write their targets on medals.
    Thanks for quotes and ideas of people who have persevered - they will be very useful, along with the Pierre de Courbetin quote about taking part and the struggle.
  17. Please could I have a copy of PowerPoint katyty2@hotmail.co.uk many thanks
  18. sorry bit late but will upload its not a finished product but something to work on.
    Trying to think of how to use this legacy for black history month

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