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Caldicott Olympics Day

22 June 2020

 

In Lieu of a Sports Day this year, the Art, Drama, Music and Sports Departments organised an off-timetable Olympics Day for the boys last week.

All boys from Year 3 to Year 7 took part with plenty of activities to keep them busy all day. They learnt about the origins of the modern day Olympics and how this developed from the ancient Olympics in Greece to what we know about the event today.

In Drama, boys in Year 3 and 4 created their own slow motion performance of a 200m race, paying particular attention to crossing the line and winning the gold medal. For inspiration they looked at Jess Owens, Wilma Rudolph and Usain Bolt. Year 5 were given the task of creating their own news report of Jesse Owens winning in 1936, either in film or a written article. Years 6 and 7 had the huge task of creating their own Olympic opening ceremony. After some research, they needed to decide what music would be played, what traditions from their chosen country would be incorporated, how the staging would look and the final running order.

Click here to see a selection of Drama clips.

In Music, all boys learnt the words to the song Jerusalem and recorded themselves singing using the Chapel Organ as their accompaniment.

In Art, the boys discovered how Art formed part of the modern Olympics from 1912 to 1948. These art competitions were part of the original intention of the Olympic movement’s founder Baron de Coubertin. Year 3 learnt about the history and meaning of the Olympic rings and then produced a picture using wax crayons, paint or coloured pencil. Year 4 looked at what it means to be chosen for the Olympics from current British competitors. They then produced a picture using a sports silhouette and placed it on a hot or cold colour background. Whist Year 5 learnt about the designer Stella McCartney who designed the GB kit for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. They were then asked to design a new kit for the GB team using the design techniques they had been shown. Boys in Year 6 were asked to design a Mascot for the Paralympic GB team after researching past examples of mascots and Year 7 were asked to design an original Olympic Torch for the Tokyo Olympics next year. They looked at past torches and learnt how one is made and how it works.

In Sport, the boys either created presentations or wrote an essay about the modern Olympics: the core values, most successful athletes and countries, facts about the Games and what the future could look like. They also created a film of themselves taking part in an Olympic sport of their choice.

Olympics Day Art Work