The End of the 2012 Olympic Games

Friday was an exciting day for us at LLPS.

The whole school gathered together in the hall for our very own version of  ‘The Olympic Games’.

We dressed in the team colours behind our country’s flag.

It was a colourful scene.

We even participated in a Torch Relay and the lighting of the Olympic Flame. 

We hope this short video captures the excitement of the Opening Ceremony.

The events were so much fun. Our groups were mixed with Preps and Grade 6 students in each team

The activities were led by our 2012 student leaders.  
LLPS Mini Olympics on PhotoPeach

The event was organised as a major fundraising event for 2012.

We are trying to raise enough money for the best playground we can afford.

If we all bring our donations back by Friday, 17th August, we will be in the draw for the trip to Disneyland and a prize from the organising committee.

We required  mental toughness to get us through the events. The day was cold and wet.

We required that same mental toughness for our classroom Olympics that covered a spelling test, times tables and finishing off tasks.

Gold medals were awarded and the most decorated student went to Hayden!

Congratulations on a top effort!






Recording our interviews:

The main literacy task for our class was to read Usain Bolt’s biography.

This text explained his life – where he comes from, the main influences on his career and his ambitions in the sport of athletics.

We attempted to summarise the main points of this ‘bio’ and then we developed some questions and answers for the television interview project.

Each student worked with a partner as a sports interviewer and Usain Bolt himself.

We think the hard work paid off with some excellent information about our hero-the fastest man on Earth- Usain Bolt.

Parents and viewers- please leave a comment about the quality of our work.

4. Publishing the autobiographies.

We analysed his character and attempted to write from Usain Bolt’s own feelings, character and experiences.

The task was easier for us when we had so much prior knowledge to turn into the type of structure required for an autobiography.

LLPS Olympics. 

The colours looked magnificent as we looked around the oval at the countries represented at our Olympics.

MLY has a great interest in flags. We have 123 flags on our blog so far and we would like to add more to this collection by the end of this term.

Some of the countries on this Powerpoint Presentation indicate the counries that we do not have a hit from on our flag counter.

Can you help? Please let us know if you can contact someone from one of the countries were are seeking a flag hit.

Look at the Powerpoint Presentation for your colour guide.

The Flags of the World Collection on our blog is up to 123 flags. Our goal is 130 by September.

Usain Bolt-The Fastest Man in the World

Usain Bolt comes from Jamaica.
Jamaica is an island paradise in the Caribbean Sea.

The people speak a mixture of English and African.

The music from Jamaica is famous. It is called reggae music.

Bob Marley made this a favourite type of music for everyone to enjoy.

Zoom out from Google Earth to find where Jamaica is on the map of the world.

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Usain grew up in Jamaica and went on to become the fastest man in the world at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the World Championships in 2010.

He currenly holds the 100m record of 9.58 secs.

Usain also runs the 200m and the 4×100 relay.

Here is a television interview with Usain Bolt.

Your task this week will be to write an  autobiography about Usain Bolt.  You will create the personality of the fastest man on Earth. Some people say he can be arrogant.

Your second writing task this week will be to prepare an interview with a partner.

One of you will be the television reporter and the other will act as Usain.

Study him carefully as acting awards will be given out.


Term 3 Begins!

Our inquiry unit has two parts this term.

Our work for the first four weeks will be about the 2012 London Olympic Games.


During the month of ‘The Olympic Games’, our work will explore these focus questions.

What is the history and tradition of the Modern Olympic Games?

What are the Olympic sports and who are some of the Olympic heroes?

At the end of the month our class will have some deep understandings. These should include:

* Major events require strategic planning.

* Countries of the world come together to celebrate and recognize sporting achievements.

* The Games provide historical and cultural learning opportunities.


The Olympic Games Project is a MI (multiple intelligences) project.

According to Professor Howard Gardner from Harvard University, people’s abilities , intelligences and interests can be isolated into eight subjects. We like to call them our ‘Smarts’.

  • Spatial-(Art Smart)
  • Linguistic-(Word Smart)
  • Logical-mathematical-(Maths Smart)
  • Bodily-kinesthetic- (Sport Smart)
  • Musical-(Music Smart)
  • Interpersonal- (People Smart)
  • Intrapersonal- (self Smart)
  • Naturalistic- (Nature Smart)

Students are encouraged to attempt activities that they are  interested in.

On the other hand, students may prefer to choose activities that they find challenging. For example, the sporty kids might like to explore a music topic rather than try the triathlon.

Presentation is always important and you may like to keep this particular project as a momento of  ‘The 2012 London Olympic Games’. 


The link will take you to the excellent official site for Australia- The London Olympic Games.

Please find the project on the HOMEWORK tab at the top of the page.