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Olympic Games 2012 Resources and Links

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It is going to be a very exciting 2012 with the Olympic Games being hosted in the UK for what may be the only time during our lifetimes!

The official London 2012 education programme is called Get Set. If you haven’t done so already, register your school, college or educational establishment for Get Set. As well as creating opportunities for children and young people to get involved in the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, members of the Get Set network gain access to exclusive rewards and opportunities.

Teachers everywhere are planning topics based around the theme and there are many on-line resources already available that may help with the planning process. Our recommended websites are as follows:

For Teacher Information

London 2012 – See and find out everything about the games!

Cross Curricular Topic Web Theme ‘Celebrating the 2012 Olympics’ – a topic plan based around the Olympics which can be adapted to any age primary pupils

For Key Stage 1

Mychalkface – free printables for the Olympics

TES – contains a set of posters to download

Coventry Learning Gateway – has a KS1 lesson plan for Music on the theme of the winter Olympics

For Key Stage 2

BBC primary history – A great site about the Ancient Greeks from the BBC. It is suitable for use with upper juniors.

BBC primary history: Olympics – there is a special section about the Olympic games, with a timeline, games, facts, photographs and KS2 activities

TES – There is a whole section on the Olympics including lesson plans and resources for KS2  which has been collected together on the TES resources site

Coventry Learning Gateway –  has a KS2 lesson plan for Music on the theme of the winter Olympics

For Key Stages 2 and 3

The British Museum has a site devoted to the Olympics with lots of information presented in an interesting way  – one can read the story, seek out information through a theatre exploration or take the challenge.

For Key Stages 3 and 4

Perseus – this site, created for the 1996 Olympics contains information presented in a more sophisticated way, it is more suited to  Secondary aged students.

Ancientgreece.com  – another very sophisticated site (KS4?) offering lots of information

Penn University offers a range of information

SMARTBoard resources for the Olympics

Smart Exchange  – already has quite a collection of freely downloadable Olympic Smart Notebooks (you will have to register and log in) – examples:

  • Olympics Upper – Juniors
  • Olympic Sports – Upper Juniors
  • Olympic Geography – Upper Juniors
  • Olympic Game template – add your own questions – any age
  • The Greek Olympics – Upper Juniors
  • Olympic Maths- Running – Upper Juniors
  • Vancouver Olympics 2010 – (Winter Olympics_ – Upper Juniors
  • Olympics Mascots 1 – Upper Juniors
  • Olympic Maths Ordering – Upper Juniors
  • Olympic Maths Measure 0 upper Juniors
  • Olympic Mascots 2 – Upper Juniors
  • Olympic Maths Discus / Javelin / Hammer  – Upper Juniors
  • Maths – measuring Olympics – Upper Juniors
  • Olympic Medals and equivalent Fractions – Upper Juniors
  • Olympic Maths, pole vault / Triple Jump / Long Jump / Shot Put/ Olympic Speed Skating

Assorted Images and even more notebooks are available there too!!

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