# Celebrating the Olympics

## Celebrating the Olympics

To mark the Olympic Games 2016, we have gathered together tasks in this feature which provide a sporting context for some interesting mathematics.

All the tasks will challenge learners to reason mathematically and some even involve taking part in their own Olympic events.

### The Animals' Sports Day

##### Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

One day five small animals in my garden were going to have a sports day. They decided to have a swimming race, a running race, a high jump and a long jump.

### Can You Do it Too?

##### Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

Try some throwing activities and see whether you can throw something as far as the Olympic hammer or discus throwers.

### The Games' Medals

##### Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

Can you see who the gold medal winner is? What about the silver medal winner and the bronze medal winner?

### Half Time

##### Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?

### Going for Gold

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Looking at the 2012 Olympic Medal table, can you see how the data is organised? Could the results be presented differently to give another nation the top place?

### Olympic Starters

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Look at some of the results from the Olympic Games in the past. How do you compare if you try some similar activities?

### Match the Matches

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Decide which charts and graphs represent the number of goals two football teams scored in fifteen matches.

### Now and Then

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Look at the changes in results on some of the athletics track events at the Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948. Compare the results for 2012.

### Olympic Turns

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

This task looks at the different turns involved in different Olympic sports as a way of exploring the mathematics of turns and angles.