Sport is the perfect topic to inspire children who would much rather be outside running around. Start this great topic by reading Sports Day on Mount Olympus.

   

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Knowledge and skills

  • Storytelling
  • Story writing
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Writing techniques
  • Vocabulary development

Sports Day on Mount Olympus provides heaps of opportunities for exploring language in a fun and engaging way. The story is full of colourful expression, simile and hyperbole – and children will enjoy being language detectives and identifying the different writing techniques that the author uses.

Knowledge and skills

  • Creative thinking
  • Building on others’ ideas
  • Writing stories
  • Writing non-fiction

If ‘love sport, hate writing’ is a common theme in your class, try out some of children’s author, Tom Palmer’s inspirational scenarios.

Knowledge and skills

  • Character analysis
  • Role-play and drama
  • Story writing

Take a closer look at the characters in Sports Day on Mount Olympus and develop them through drama and writing. Based on ideas by classteacher Corrina Burge.

Knowledge and skills

  • Living in the wider world
  • Empathy
  • Team games
  • Competitive games

We explore what life is like for street children around the world and how the beautiful game is giving them new hope.

Knowledge and skills

  • Building resilience
  • Developing empathy
  • Speaking before writing
  • Writing stories based on real events
  • Punctuation

Lee Parkinson, of Davyhulme Primary School, Manchester, explores what being a champion really means and retells a story that is guaranteed to make you.

Knowledge and skills

  • Health and well-being
  • Nutrition and healthy eating
  • Creative thinking

Education writer and teacher, Louise Dobson, gets into healthy-eating mode by planning a hamper fit for young Olympians.

Knowledge and skills

  • Planning and organising
  • Working in teams
  • Competitive games
  • Throwing and catching
  • Running and jumping

Ginny Morris and Nicky Simmons, of Morris and Simmons Education, talk you through setting up the best sports day ever.

Knowledge and skills

  • Health and well-being
  • Competitive games
  • Critical thinking
  • Planning and organising

Ilse Fullarton, PE Subject Leader at Terling C of E Primary School in Essex, offers tips on providing a rich and inspiring PE curriculum...

Knowledge and skills

  • Research
  • Writing non-fiction
  • Speaking and listening
  • Ancient Greece
  • Changes in living memory

Let's take a fresh look at the Olympic Games. Our radio play, Making Waves, has two strands: the story of a fictional Paralympic swimmer training hard...

Knowledge and skills

  • Designing and making
  • Creative thinking
  • Everyday materials
  • Properties and changes of materials
  • Animals, including humans

There was plenty of scope for marvelling at the athletic achievements in the velodrome at London 2012. Gold medals were certainly the reward for the hard work...

Knowledge and skills

  • Health and well-being
  • Working in teams
  • Building resilience
  • Developing empathy

If you ask someone about the benefits of exercise they will probably respond with ‘keeping fit’, ‘staying trim’ and ‘a healthy heart’. But what about the benefits of sport?

Knowledge and skills

  • Outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Problem solving

You don't need to go white-water rafting, mountain climbing or canoeing. Try these fun ideas that are a little easier on your adrenaline levels.

Knowledge and skills

  • Statistics
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division
  • Running and jumping
  • Throwing and catching

Antonia Peters gets a gold medal for showing children how to collect and analyse sports results in many different formats, from bar charts to pie charts. This one’s a winner!

Knowledge and skills

  • Animals, including humans
  • Health and well-being
  • Statistics

Sarah Williams, AST at Castleside Primary School, offers some practical ideas that combine science and PE.

Knowledge and skills

  • Reading widely
  • Discussing books
  • Building on others' ideas

Paul Mason, author of Sports Day on Mount Olympus, has lived all around the world and is currently writing and teaching in New Zealand. He answers our questions on behalf of your class.

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Knowledge and skills

  • Reading
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Reading widely
  • Research

Sport and books do mix, as this varied selection of fiction and non-fiction titles shows. Children’s book expert Anne Faundez reports back on some of the best sport-related reads.

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