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What makes a Good Resource - Olympic Records

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Created on 26 August 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 30 September 2010 by ncetm_administrator

What Makes a Good Resource

Olympic Records

Resource description:

 Photograph of Usain Bolt by Jose Goulao used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2 Generic licence

The resource comprises a set of cards showing some well-known Olympic events and their record times, distances or heights. Children match the cards.

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Teacher comment:

Children love the competition of playing the game. It is best done practically although a recording sheet is offered for pupils who want to write the answers.

What I did:

I found the records for several Olympic events and made a set of cards with the more familiar events and their records. After cutting these out and shuffling, I asked the class to match event and record. We did this during the last Olympics in China. Children had watched some games at home but we did look at some video in school.


There was a lot of oral communication and some argument. Children were able to do a few from general knowledge but a lot of the work is based on reasoning and estimates.

  • You can make it more of a challenge with additional cards, especially those with very similar outcomes [e.g. 400 metres, 400 metres hurdles, 4 x 100 meters relay].
  • You can include other sports like swimming.
  • With the next games in 2 years in London this might be a good way of engaging children through a topical event.
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