KEY INFORMATION

Recommended age group: Primary and Secondary
Time required: 60 - 120 minutes
Equipment: Internet access, Camera


ACTIVITY IDEA

There are two activities in this pack. Primary school pupils will work in small groups and develop a written report about an Olympic or Paralympic athlete of their choice. Secondary school student have the option to plan and record a 90-second film about their chosen Olympic or Paralympic athlete. 

Challenge outcomes (Primary)

  • Research an Olympic or Paralympic athlete of your choice.
  • Create an inspiring written report about your chosen Olympic or Paralympic athlete. 

Teacher notes

This Become a reporter challenge develops teamwork as pupils will work together as a ‘media’ team and research a member of Team GB or ParalympicsGB. Pupils will develop and write a report suitable for a newspaper or magazine. Pupils may need to be supervised when using the internet to search for these facts. This challenge activity could be done as a whole class activity or in small groups. 

Support: Provide a list of Olympic or Paralympic athletes for students to choose from.
Suggestions for Team GB: Max Whitlock (Gymnastics); Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Athletics).
Suggestions for ParalympicsGB: Gordon Reid (Wheelchair Tennis); Ellie Simmonds (Swimming).
Challenge: Challenge pupils to find out the most unusual facts and information they can.

 

Challenge outcomes (Secondary)

  • Research an Olympic or Paralympic athlete of your choice
  • Develop a series of questions to be used in an interview with them
  • Create a filmed interview with your chosen Olympic or Paralympic athlete

Teacher notes

This Become a reporter challenge develops teamwork as pairs of students work together as a ‘media’ team and research a member of Team GB or ParalympicsGB. Students will develop and write a suitable script and record a 90-second news report interview.

Support: Provide a list of Olympic or Paralympic athletes for students to choose from.
Suggestions for Team GB: Max Whitlock (Gymnastics); Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Athletics).
Suggestions for ParalympicsGB: Gordon Reid (Wheelchair tennis); Ellie Simmonds (Swimming).
Challenge: Challenge students to think about their set of interview questions. Consider the difference between open-ended and closed-ended questions. 

Take it further 

  • Share pupils’ attempts on Twitter @GetSetCommunity and Instagram @GetSetClub, using the hashtag #ShareYourGBPride.
  • Encourage pupils to use whatever they have created at home during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, or for ‘I Am Team GB’ and ‘Parasport’ when the Olympic and Paralympic athletes return from the Games.