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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 link

The Animals' Sports Day live

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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? link

Can You Do it Too? live

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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

The Games' Medals link

The Games' Medals 

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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

Half Time link

Half Time 

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

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

Going for Gold link

Going for Gold live

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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 link

Olympic Starters live

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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 link

Match the Matches 

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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

Now and Then link

Now and Then live

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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 link

Olympic Turns 

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

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