In the news: This week at the Olympics

London 2012 has opened with a week full of Olympic firsts for Team GB.

In the news: Teaching resources - 3 August

This week at the Olympics


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London 2012 has opened with a week full of Olympic firsts for Team GB. While the first three days passed without a single gold for the host nation, the duck was finally broken on Wednesday by rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning. The pair became the first British women ever to win a gold medal at an Olympic rowing event.

History was also made by the British male gymnastics team later that day. Despite a debate over the finishing order, which saw them demoted from silver to bronze, the team still broke a 100-year medal drought for Great Britain's male gymnasts.

Meanwhile, there was no sign of a medal drought for Team GB's cyclists. Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins became the most decorated British Olympian of all time on Wednesday. His gold medal win in the men's individual time trial took his tally up to seven overall.

Fellow cyclist Sir Chris Hoy equalled another British Olympic record the following day. His gold medal win in the team sprint with team mates Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes not only set a new world record in the discipline, it also took Sir Chris' personal gold medal tally to five – equal to the record of rower Sir Steve Redgrave.

It is hoped that the start of the athletics on Friday will add to Team GB's already-increasing medal tally.



Related resources


London 2012 games resources

  • Discover a whole host of Olympic-themed resources ready for you to use in the classroom.

Young minds, sporting spirit

  • Come up with a selection of sporting slogans, intriguing interviews and argue against amateurism with a bundle of writing activities.

Olympic itinerary

  • Think of timing and distance to plan a day at the Olympics – who will get to see the most events?

The right force to win

  • Explore how athletes' performances rely on physical forces with this colourful journey through different sporting activities.


Further news resources


First News front page

  • Help your pupils understand the features of the front page of a newspaper.

Write all about it

  • Get students creating their own news report with this step-by-step guide

What is the News?

  • A sociological and media perspective on what makes an event 'newsworthy'.

On the box

  • Help pupils to write their own TV news broadcast with this handy PowerPoint.

Structuring stories

  • A scheme of work to help students structure news stories.

In the news this week


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The number of children labelled as having special educational needs (SEN) in England has fallen by almost 90,000 in just two years, official figures have revealed.

Anti-bullying charities have jumped to the defence of Team GB diving star and A-grade pupil Tom Daley after he found himself subject to a cyberbullying attack following his performance at London 2012.

School choir joins megastar on his mission to Mars.

Bradley Wiggins has won the Tour de France, becoming the first British man to do so in the cycling competition's 75-year history.

First News


1st August, First News Weekly News Bulletin, in association with Sky News, is a three minute round-up of the news every week - available every Wednesday. For previous weeks' bulletins, go to our First News website: www.firstnews.co.uk