Design Your Own Olympic Game

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Learning Intentions

Pupils will:

  • work with others to design a game to include in a school Olympic and Paralympic Celebration Event; and
  • lead other pupils in their planned game.
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Curriculum Links

Physical Education
Pupils should have opportunities to develop the skills and capabilities required to work effectively with others in tasks that require co-operation, creativity, problem solving, planning and team work.

Learning Outcomes
Pupils should be able to:

  • demonstrate creativity and initiative when developing ideas and following them through;
  • work effectively with others;
  • demonstrate self-management by working systematically, persisting with tasks, evaluating and improving own performance; and
  • communicate effectively in practical, oral, visual, written and ICT formats, showing clear awareness of audience and purpose.

Talking and Listening

Pupils should be enabled to:

  • listen to and take part in discussions, explanations, role plays and presentations;
  • contribute comments, ask questions and respond to others points of view;
  • communicate information, ideas, opinions, feelings and imaginings, using an expanding vocabulary; and
  • use non-verbal methods to express ideas and engage with the listener.

Working with Others:
Pupils will:

  • listen actively and share opinions;
  • take personal responsibility for working with others and evaluate their own contributions to the group; and
  • respect the views and opinions of others and reach agreements using negotiation and compromise.

Learning For Life and Work:
Pupils will:

  • develop positive relationships and respect for the differing capabilities of others through participation in a range of competitive and co-operative physical activities, for example show respect for and empathise with peers in a range of group activities within school and with other schools (Key Element: Mutual Understanding);
  • develop positive sporting behaviour and a sense of fair play, for example know how to conduct themselves in sporting competitions, acceptauthority and decisions of referees, judges and umpires (Key Element: Moral Character);
  • work with others to solve problems in a range of practical situations, for example by listening to others and responding to and building constructively on their ideas and views, understanding the need for rules (Key Element: Citizenship); and
  • develop through practical tasks, their personal skills in preparation for future education/training/employment, for example using initiative, enterprise, creativity and skills in problem solving, decision making, leadership and co-operation (Key Element: Employability).

This activity targets pupils from Year 8 to Year 10. It could lie within a unit of work about games or as a stand-alone two or three week activity linking with the classroom activities in this Thematic Unit. Pupils should complete the initial planning stages in the classroom. They then practise and teach their designed games in the practical PE setting.

Use the ‘Think, Pair, Share’ exercise to ask your pupils to demonstrate their knowledge of the sporting activities that are included in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, by asking them to name as many Olympic sports as they can.

You can find more information on the Olympic and Paralympic sports on the links provided in the right-hand column.

Design a Game

Divide your pupils into groups and ask them to design a game for the school’s Olympic and Paralympic Celebration Event. They will create the game and teach it to other pupils in the class.

Brainstorm what makes a good game, for example it should:

  • be playable and enjoyable for all participants; and
  • have specific guidelines such as:
    • an aim;
    • a set number of players in each team;
    • an area of play;
    • rules; and
    • a scoring system.

Ask the class to use the success criteria above to judge each game. Depending on the experience of the class, you could also specify that the game must be inclusive of people with physical disabilities. Direct the class to the profiles of Paralympic Sports on the website.

Use examples from different games to illustrate how rules make individual games different from one another, for example:

  • In netball you cannot move while in possession of the ball, whereas in basketball you can move while dribbling the ball.
  • In badminton you must serve underarm, whereas in tennis you can serve overarm or underarm.

Ask your pupils to plan and design their game using the template attached. Encourage them to test their game before presenting/teaching it to the class. Act as a facilitator, encouraging the groups to work together to find solutions to problems and develop their ideas.

Note: Depending on the class’ experience, you could limit pupil choices or allow greater choice and decision making. For example:

  • specify the game has to be 3v3 or allow the groups to decide the team size;
  • specify the playing area; and
  • specify the equipment each group can use.

Ask each group to present their game to the class using the following format:

  • explain;
  • demonstrate; and
  • have a go!

Once all the groups have presented and played each game, ask your pupils to evaluate the games in their groups using the ‘2 Stars and a Wish’ method. Pupils use the success criteria to vote on the most successful game. They can demonstrate their chosen game in the school Olympic and Paralympic Celebration Event.

You will need

A variety of sports equipment

Sports Hall/Gymnasium

Sports and



Design a Game Template