Wednesday, May 29, 2024
The Olympians

The Olympians

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 5-11

A short film that sees the Gods of Olympus descend upon central London to battle it out in a trial of athleticism to light the torch.

Watch this video with your children, and then try some of our teaching and activity ideas below.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Use a thesaurus to think of different ways of describing the movement shown in the video (e.g. run, chase, sprint).
  • Pause the video at various points and make a list of words that can be used to describe the action taking place.
  • Try describing the video to someone who has never seen it before. What words / phrases can you use to convey the tension in the animation?
  • Pause the video when the camera focuses on the faces of the various characters. What might they be thinking / feeling at these points?
  • Describe the backstory for the running character (called Olympia). Where does she come from? How did she come to be involved in the events in the animation?
  • Can you write a new story that involves the Gods of Olympus?


  • Pause the video at various places and describe the different shapes that you can see.


  • Could you plan and record your own animation to celebrate the Olympics (or another sporting event).


  • Look at the concept art on the official site for this video. Can you use these as the inspiration for some of your own drawings of athletes or Olympian gods?
  • Look at photos of different sporting events and try to convey the action / movement in your own artwork.


  • Listen to the music and describe how it helps to enhance the atmosphere and excitement in the video. How does it change as the video progresses?


  • Can you identify the famous London landmarks shown in the video? Can you find them on a map? How long would it take to walk / run between them?


  • Use reference materials to find out more about the Gods of Olympus. Can you make a poster to teach others about them?

Physical education

  • How many sporting activities take place in events like the Olympics? How many have you tried?
  • Can you organise your own sports event?

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