The Olympics Project Plan


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A themed project plan embracing the Olympics from its every angle for use at Key Stages 2 and 3, presenting an ongoing opportunity to celebrate the event with a series of thinking skills activities and resources. By Jane Jones and the team at Creative Teaching and Learning.

Just as the Olympic Games bring together all countries, it provides the opportunity for cross curricular activities. Here, a question-led text introduces students to the Olympic topic. This can be used to build prior knowledge before beginning the activities, or to supplement independent research led by the posed questions.

See the description and project overview below for more information.

Format: ZIP download


The modern Olympic Games came from a belief held by Pierre de Coubertin, that sport had much to add to the education system which existed in France.

Coubertin’s basic ideas developed into an Olympic spirit, which is probably best expressed in the Olympic Creed: ‘The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.

The Olympic Games gives countries a chance to forget differences, and celebrate our shared humanity. Athletes perform to the best of their natural ability in an atmosphere of fairness and honesty. This can be seen from some of the athletes who have competed at the games, who had no chance of winning, but represented their country with pride and dignity. There are very few times when people can put aside their differences, but the Olympics has very much become the place to do so.

The Olympics Project Plan includes includes detailed instructions, activity sheets, information factsheets, research resources and images to support the lesson plans and activities, suitable for Key Stages 2-3.

Project Overview

‘The Birth of the Modern Olympics’ text
A question-led text covering the founding of the modern Olympics, the first Olympic Games and Coubertin’s vision for the future. Available as a pdf (found in ‘Project Plan: The Olympics’) and as a separate word document (formatted to make mass printing easier and more cost effective).


Activity 1: Reading the text
Activity 2: Olympic facts
Activity 3: Olympic timeline
Activity 4: The Olympian flag
Activity 5: Biographical writing
Activity 6: Comparing climates (formerly ‘Drawing graphs’)
Activity 7: How much do we weigh?
Activity 8: Writing a myth
Activity 9: Rio de Janeiro 2016
Activity 10: The story of Pelops – P4C enquiry
Activity 11: The Munich Games


The resource packs that accompany each activity include detailed instructions, worksheets, information factsheets, research resources, images and more.


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