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  1. Mathematics and the Olympics South Headteachers Meeting 15 June 2011

  2. Olympic and Paralympic Values • respect – fair play; knowing one’s own limits; and taking care of one’s health and the environment • excellence – how to give the best of oneself, on the field of play or in life; taking part; and progressing according to one’s own objectives • friendship – how, through sport, to understand each other despite any differences • courage • determination • inspiration • equality

  3. www.london2012.com/getset The closest the torch comes is Chelmsford on Friday 6 July

  4. Using each of the digits 1-9 once, place the digits so that the total in each ring is the same.

  5. Rings as a starting point for mathematical activity... • Circumference- diameter • How could we measure the “perimeter” of an Olympic ring? What would the total “perimeter” of the rings be? • How accurately can we draw the Olympic rings – with and without a compass? • What other ways could we arrange the 5 rings? Why do you think this arrangement was chosen? • Using the Olympic Rings as a Venn Diagram where the colours represent the “set,” can we find flags of competing countries that would fit into each set? Which countries are they? • List 5 reasons why you think the circle was chosen as a symbol for the Olympics. • Circle hunt: In many events do circles or rings feature?

  6. Data Handling and the Olympics http://www.mapsofworld.com/olympic-trivia/ olympic-games-results/medals-by-country.html

  7. Who really won the 2008 Olympics?

  8. The Olympic “Games” • Boxing • 110m hurdles • Weight lifting Going for Gold Thursday 24 November Colchester Wednesday 18 January Baddow