It has started to expand very rapidly, (I’m struggling to keep up with it, and more valuable material for educators being added daily).
Basically, it is the official London 2012 education programme for schools and education providers across the UK. Central to their philosophy are the olympic and paralympic values:
- respect – fair play; knowing one’s own limits; and taking care of one’s health and the environment
- excellence – how to give the best of oneself, on the field of play or in life; taking part; and progressing according to one’s own objectives
- friendship – how, through sport, to understand each other despite any differences
I will quote directly from their site:
As a context for teaching and learning across the curriculum the London 2012 Games are unbeatable.
The projects and support materials are all built around the Olympic and Paralympic Values, and encourage children and young people to play an active part in their own learning, to develop leadership skills and to challenge themselves to try new things.
There are literally hundreds of inspirational ideas and resources for off-timetable ewvents on this site.
Have a browse – but don’t miss the Case Studies section (which I felt was a little difficult to find but contained some of the most valuable material)
National School Sport Week is a week-long sporting celebration for primary and secondary schools across Britain. The 2011 event takes place from 27 June – 1 July 2011. It not only helps fulfil school objectives for PE and Sport, but can be used across the curriculum to create excitement around the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and help young people live the values of the Games.
Core to the entire week are the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Whether on the sports field or in the maths class, pupils are asked to think about the Values and commit to demonstrate them through their behaviour and interaction with others. The 2010 event saw almost 14,000 schools and five million children taking part and enjoying sporting activities. Join in the fun, excitement and inspiration on the journey to London 2012
By taking part, your school can use the inspiration of London 2012 to encourage your pupils to participate in more sport, as well as engage the whole school and the local community in a week-long celebration.