Students Inspire pupils through the history and culture of the Games
Students from Bath Spa University have developed a free resource for primary schools about the Olympic and Paralympic Games, with a unique focus on Bath and the south west of England.
The project has recently been awarded the Inspire Mark, which recognizes and supports outstanding projects taking place around the UK that are providing new opportunities for young people and their communities as a result of the Games.
The students have prepared ten practical activities designed to be fun, creative and educational.The activities provide opportunities for pupils to learn aboutthe Olympic values, Greek mythology, cultural differences between countries competing and local athletes.
The project is supported by RELAYS and Team West of England, but has been fully led by the students themselves. RELAYS is a London 2012 legacy project based in universities across the south west that aims to inspire young people to volunteer, try new sports and be creative.
The next phase of the project will involve the students working with a designer to bring their ideas to life. The resource will then be piloted in local schools before it will be made available free of charge to primary schools across the area in 2012.
BathSpa University student Jade Lewis explained, “Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in this country provides a tremendous opportunity to inspire young people. Sometimes history can be taught in a way that’s a bit dull and uninspiring, so we wanted to do something different to help bring young people in the south west closer to the Games”.