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