KS3-4 inspiration for Wimbledon, Tour de France and Sports Day lessons

Link seasonal sporting events with your subject lessons using these suggested ideas, activities and teaching resources

Sian Evans

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Enthuse your students with sports-themed teaching resources

Besides Euro 2016 and the Olympics, there are lots of interesting ways you can link sports and seasonal sporting events into your lessons this summer. 

With Wimbledon and the Tour de France coming up, we've selected some of the best themed resources to help you work on pupils' core skills within a sporting context. Plus, check out our ideas for bringing the Sports Day buzz into the classroom.

Tour de France resources

Start pupils off with a research task in this French activity idea, which could also be adapted for tutor time. Students research the French and English versions of the official Tour de France website in order to answer the set questions. 

Have you been teaching linear gradients in maths recently? Consolidate pupils' understanding using the great climbs of the Tour de France route as examples.

Matisse meets the Tour de France in this PowerPoint presentation, which works well as a starting point for an art or design project by encouraging students to be inspired by the shapes and colours of the Tour.

Wimbledon resources

Quizzes and assemblies can be a great way to get students engaged and excited about current events, especially those of the sporting variety. This interactive quiz and assembly pack £3 can be used as a tutor-time activity or in a whole-year setting and covers the history of tennis, introduces the Wimbledon Championships and highlights successful athletes.

Consider the global roots of a single product - in this case, Andy Murray’s tennis ball - with this Wimbledon-themed geography lesson. Encourage learners to plot the distance travelled by different materials to become a tennis ball at the tournament in south London.

When it's raining outside, imagine play is called off at Wimbledon and introduce this literacy-based maths radio script activity. Pupils use research, writing and numeracy skills to perform a realistic "filler" broadcast about players’ performance, statistics and background. 

Sports Day resources

Why not get into the spirit of Sports Day and produce summery decorations using this step-by-step tutorial that guides pupils through how to make bunting using a sewing machine. You could even make bunting in the team colours!

Alternatively, explore how children in Africa use repurposed sports equipment using this Recycled Sports Day info pack. Use as a stimulus to raise students' awareness, or as a guide to hold your own alternative Sports Day.

Quick links

Tour de France Wimbledon Sports Day
Online research task Quiz and assembly pack £3  
Tour de France linear gradients Tennis ball origins lesson Bunting tutorial
Matisse Tour-inspired presentation Cross-curricular script task Recycled Sports Day info pack

Loving the cross-curricular sports vibe? Then don't miss our posts on Euro 2016 and the Rio Olympics!