ACTIVITY INFORMATION

Recommended age group: 11–18
Time required: two 45–60 minute sessions
Equipment: Plan your speech and Paralympic timeline activity sheets, Mandeville place information sheet, Paralympic inspiration and Paralympic movement assembly presentation (optional), video player (optional).

ACTIVITY IDEA

The students could work with a partner or in a small group to carry out the research and planning tasks and present their argument to the rest of the class during English lessons. And/or this could become a fun form/tutorial challenge where the winning legacy idea could be presented in an inter-form or year group competition to come up with an overall winner (or top three).

You could extend the challenge to the whole school by making a shortlist of ideas (chosen as a result of very persuasive arguments based on thorough research) and asking students to present their case in an assembly, where there could be a vote to decide the overall winner.

Based on research around the significance of Mandeville Place, and the development of the Paralympic Movement, the students will plan and present a two-minute persuasive argument to convince others that their legacy plan, celebration event or work of art is the best way to honour the amazing achievements of Paralympians and supporters of the Paralympic movement around the world.

  1. Explain the aims of the challenge to the whole group. You will find The Paralympic Movement advanced assembly useful as an initial stimulus.
  2. You could also watch extracts from this film of the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony. Make sure you check out 0.13:57 - 0.17:50 (Miranda quote, enlightenment, equality, Professor Steven Hawkings) and 3.15:49 - 3.20:00 (Gravity, Newton, big apple crunch).
  3. Talk about the symbolism of the apples in the Opening Ceremony and share memories of the amazing achievements of our Paralympians at the most successful and biggest Paralympic Games ever.
  4. Use the Inspiration from the Paralympic movement presentation to focus on some of the speeches and quotes that featured in the Opening Ceremony such as Prospero's speech to Miranda (played by a disabled athlete suspended high up in the air, symbolising the amazing journey that athletes and others with disabilities have made since Ludwig Guttmann's pioneering work at Stoke Mandeville hospital after the Second World War).
  5. Share and note down ideas about what kinds of words and phrases are used in persuasive arguments (e.g. short, strong sentences, colourful adjectives, memorable moments and stories and well-reasoned points based on evidence).
  6. Discuss some of the most memorable advertisements, jingles and branding messages that persuade consumers to buy things, or to donate to a worthy cause, etc. What kinds of words do they use?
  7. Remind the students of the Paralympic Values, which they should try to use in their two-minute argument (Equality, Courage, Determination and Inspiration).
  8. Students can now work in pairs using the timeline sheet to explore the history of the Paralympic Movement, the Mandeville Place and the Orchard secondary fact sheet to find out about Mandeville Place, and the Inspirational journey of the Paralympic Movement presentation to find words, phrases and quotes they might like to use in their arguments, or to inspire them to create a brilliant, appropriate name for the apple.
  9. If appropriate, they can also carry out further research of their own, e.g. to investigate the huge part that science and technology has played in the development of opportunities for athletes and others with disabilities, to find out more about ParalympicsGB athletes, and how new types of apples are named. Use the links below for research.
  10. Based on a combination of solid research and sharing of creative ideas, each pair decides an a creative legacy idea and prepares their two-minute argument.
  11. Allow time for the speeches, list the names on the board and have a vote to see which ones are the top three favourites.

Extension

You could display some of the legacy suggested by the students, along with extracts of their speeches and research in a prominent position in school and invite students, parents, staff, governors and visitors to vote on their favourites.