Dame Kelly Holmes: Olympic Champion
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This multimedia resource features an audio interview with Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, in which the questions are asked by children together with an accompanying biography. There is also a link to a video of Dame Kelly winning her two gold medals in Athens in 2004.
Before using the resource
- Introduce the Olympic Games by making a display of events and competitors, past and present, including Dame Kelly Holmes. Explain that the Games are held every four years in different countries.
- Visit the website for the 2012 Olympic Games for information about the London Olympic Games.
- Provide non-fiction books about the Olympic Games and athletics.
Speaking and listening
Before listening to the interview
- Talk about the sports children have watched on television or in real life. Share children’s likes and dislikes.
- Discuss whether they have heard sports reports or commentary on the radio. Compare listening to this information to watching it.
- Watch the film clip of Dame Kelly Holmes racing, then discuss what the children would like to find out about her. Make a list of their ideas.
- Discuss appropriate questions related to her achievements and those which would not be appropriate.
Children should be able to: sustain attentive listening and respond to what they have heard with relevant questions/comments; use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences; find information in non-fiction texts to answer questions about where, who, why and how.
www.doublegold.co.uk – Dame Kelly Holmes’ official website. Available to order from this site is: Kelly Holmes: My Olympic Ten Days (Virgin Books, 978 18522 72227) – great background information for the teacher, featuring Kelly’s Olympic Diary and a history of women in the Olympics.
Using the interview
- The interview is presented in small chunks, a question at a time. To help the children develop active listening techniques, ask them to work in pairs, directing each child to listen out for particular things. A list of the questions is on p9, with ideas for focus listening to support them.
- Let each pair discuss what they heard.
- Discuss how each interview answer provides lots of details. Role play
- Listen to and discuss Question 2, in which Dame Kelly describes how she felt when she entered the arena.
- Allocate roles to the children: athletes, each from a different country; their coaches; journalists – with digital or video recorders; members of a crowd – with banners or flags supporting a specific athlete. The activity sheet below has badge, flag and ticket templates.
- Act out an Olympic Games athletics event and the interviews which follow. Ensure that the reporters interview athletes, coaches and spectators.
- Re-enact the event twice to allow experience of different roles.
- Discuss in pairs after each role play, how each child felt as that character.
- Think of a real or fictional character linked to an area the children have a sound knowledge of. Compose relevant interview questions for them.
- Model phrasing the questions correctly and writing them.
Guided and group activities
- Record the prepared interviews, using a teacher or child in the role of the character. Encourage the interviewee to provide interesting details.
- Provide written questions, asking them to find the answers in the biography. How does reading about someone compare to hearing them talk about themselves?
- Look at non-fiction books about other sportspeople. Write questions to guide what might be answered in the books.
Key learning outcomes:
To listen with sustained concentration, remember points and identify what they have learned;
To express views about how information has been presented;
To ask and answer questions;
To adopt roles;
- To find information in simple texts;
- To compose sentences and use question marks.
- Make a list of facts about Dame Kelly Holmes using the information in the on-screen resource.
- Compose a checklist for asking and answering good questions.