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.