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History of the Olympics

England, Scotland, Wales


The Olympic Games were started by the Greeks in 776BC to honour the god Zeus - so why do we still celebrate and compete today? Let’s explore how and why the competition began and how it’s changed over time. Your class will find out what it takes to be an athlete, and the weird and wonderful sports that they could take part in now and in Ancient Greece.

Your class will…

  • Explore how the Olympic Games started, and why they are still so important today.

  • Examine key skills required to be an athlete.

  • Encourage an appreciation of historical and current day cultural significance of the Olympic Games.

  • Have a great day!

Option 1 (KS1 or KS2) : Creative Play workshops have been designed to maximise participation. Delivered as 1 or 2 hour sessions, we can work with up to 4 classes across the school day.

Option 2 (KS2 Only) : One Day Drama offers a full day workshop led by an experienced facilitator who collaborates with pupils to explore the topic, always focusing on content and learning. We offer the opportunity for an informal peer to peer sharing session, where the children can demonstrate what they have learnt throughout the day. This is an opportunity for children to take ownership of the experience, and can share their learning with peers or parents.

Tell us more about your classes knowledge of the topic in advance of the workshop so the content we deliver can hit the spot!

What One Day needs to succeed:

Number of Children

Between one and four classes (maxiumum of 35 children per class) working for 1 hour, 2 hours or a full school day depending on your requirements

Length of workshop

Full school day (one class or different classes across the day)

Suitable for

KS1 / KS2 / P1 - 3 / P4 - 7

Space needed

A large clear space (preferably a school hall) Please let us know if you have any special requirements!

What the children learn...

  • Express ideas and feelings through voice, movement, role play and drama. This will help to build their confidence in public speaking, basic acting skills and teamwork
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