Recommended age group: 7–11
Time required: one 60 min session
Equipment: Value the Values activity sheet.


  1. Write down the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence and respect and ask the children to say what they mean and give examples of them, both in and out of sport using questions such as:
    • Why are friends important?
    • What does it mean to respect someone?
    • How can sports players show excellence? Does it only mean winning or being good at their sport?
  2. Do the same for the Paralympic Values of inspiration, determination, courage and equality, also raising the question of why these have been chosen for the Paralympic Games in particular.
  3. Discuss tennis and the importance of the Values in the lives of professional tennis players. Share the images in the Value the Values presentation to help spark discussion:
    • Who they respect and why?
    • What does friendship mean to them?
    • How can they be excellent off the court as well as on it?
  4. Students should then write down instances of when they have experienced or shown these seven Values using the Value the Values worksheet. Prompt students with examples as necessary.
  5. Ask the children to share some of their examples and ask them to say how they felt each time. Discuss the following question:
    • How can sport help to overcome problems like people not being treated equally?


  • Use the Values and students’ own experience to theme an assembly where the class shares how the Olympic and Paralympic Values can inspire our own lives.
  • Explore the Values further as part of a class project – us the Olympic and Paralympic Values resources for further ideas.


  • Have a PE lesson that features lots of different kinds of activities and ask children to think about how the Values can play a part in the activities – for instance how they showed determination, exhibited friendship or saw excellence. Students can aim towards to earning a Values Certificate in their PE activities.