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Ways to use the Olympics in the classroom

Ways to use the Olympics in the Classroom

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 5-11

Use the Olympic Games as the starting point for learning in your classroom with our ENORMOUS collection of teaching ideas, activities and classroom resources!

Don’t forget that we also have a large collection of Olympics-themed resources and a huge Olympics Pack too!

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Write a diary entry from the point of view of an Olympic athlete.
  • Write a persuasive letter to the IOC to encourage them to choose your country as the location for the next Olympic Games.
  • Write a persuasive letter to the IOC to ask them to add a new sport to the next Olympics.
  • Create a report about your favourite Olympic sport.
  • Produce a set of instructions to teach somebody how to take part in your favourite Olympic sport.
  • Have a debate with other students in your class to discuss if there should be an Olympic Games for children.
  • Create your own Olympics acrostic poem.
  • Write a newspaper report about an amazing day at the Olympics.
  • Imagine that you could interview your favourite Olympic athlete. What questions would you ask them?
  • Plan an advertising campaign to encourage people to attend the next Olympic games.
  • Use our free Inspirations Posters as the starting point for a wide range of Olympics-themed activities.
  • Create a glossary of Olympics-themed words.
  • Use the words in your glossary to make some anagrams to challenge a partner.
  • Write a biography of your favourite Olympic athlete.
  • Watch The Olympians and use our free teaching ideas for related activities:

  • Write a newspaper report about a controversial Olympic decision.
  • Write a story about the Teddy Bear Olympics.
  • Create a character profile about a new Olympic mascot.
  • Write the script for a presenter of a TV show about the Olympics.
  • Find a video clip of an Olympic event (e.g. this video of Usain Bolt winning the 100m) and imagine that you are the commentator. How would you describe the action?
  • Use this assembly idea during the Games.


  • Use statistics from previous Olympic Games for your own data-handling activities.
  • Could you make your own Olympics word problems and ask a friend to solve them?
  • Make a sorting diagram to show the similarities and differences between the Ancient and the Modern Olympic Games.
  • Make your own ‘top trumps’ cards based on Olympic athletes / events. Our free Top Trumps template may be helpful for you.
  • Create your own medal chart based on the results of this year’s Games.
  • Find out the ticket prices of different events. If you had £200 to spend, how many different events would you be able to attend?
  • Find out the capacity of a range of Olympics stadiums and calculate the maximum ticket sales.
  • Make a ‘countdown’ chart to count down the days to the next Olympic Games.


  • Plan some healthy meals for the Olympic competitors and visitors.
  • Find out about the human body and the muscles and organs that are used in different Olympic sports.
  • Identify the materials that would keep the Olympic torch burning safely.


  • Design a website to accompany the Olympic Games.
  • Create a game in which an athlete has to ‘compete’ in an Olympic event.
  • Plan and record a video guide to teach others about your favourite Olympic sport.
  • Create an eBook about the history of the Olympics and / or the events in the modern Olympics.
  • Create a database that includes information about the countries that have won the most medals at the Olympics… or about Olympic athletes.
  • Design an app that will teach younger children about the Olympics.
  • Plan (and create) some social media posts about the Olympic Games. How will the organisers be promoting / reporting on the event during the Games?
  • Create a motivational video to encourage the athletes, attendees and those watching the Games at home. Use this example for inspiration:

Design Technology

  • Create a model of an Olympic stadium or an Olympic Park!
  • Design and make a new Olympic medal. Use this free template as a starting point.
  • Make a model of the Olympic torch.
  • Make an olive leaf crown to award to the winner of an Olympic event.
  • Design some clothing / merchandise to sell at the next Olympic games.
  • Use a variety of craft materials to recreate the Olympic rings logo.


  • Design a new logo for the Olympics.
  • Design a new Olympic mascot.
  • Create a storyboard about an Olympic event. Use our template as a starting point.
  • Make some paper chains using the colours of the Olympic logo.


  • Compose a song / fanfare to perform at the opening ceremony.
  • Famous musicians often perform at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games. Choose a selection of artists / bands that you would like to perform at the next event.


  • Use a map to plot the locations of the Olympics Games throughout history.
  • Find out the location of the next Olympics and plan a trip there. How will you get there? How long will the journey be?
  • Create a travel guide based on the location of the next Olympic Games.
  • Plot the route of the Olympic torch as it travels to the location of the Games.
  • Choose a country that is taking part in the Olympics and write a report about it. If each student in your class chose a different country, these could be combined into a larger guide.


  • Write a report about the history of the Olympic Games. When did it begin? When did the modern Olympics start? This video may help:

  • Create a timeline that shows the main events in Olympic history.
  • Make a list of objects / artefacts that could appear in an Olympic museum. Could you create some signs to teach people about them?

Physical education

  • Can you plan your own school Olympics event? Which sporting activities will athletes compete in? How will it be organised?
  • Take part in a sports event that takes place at the Olympics. Compare your times / scores to the winning competitors.
  • Choreograph a dance to perform at the opening / closing ceremony of the Games.
  • Choose one of the Olympic sports and try to improve your skills. Record your progress using data and / or video to track your improvements.
  • Create a poster that teaches competitors about good sportsmanship while they are taking part in the Games.


  • Find out the names of Olympic sports in different languages.
  • Create a multi-lingual guide for visitors to the Olympic Games.

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