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Physical education unit years 9–10

Lesson plans

Theme: Sustainability

Sports studies: Skills to identify and discuss the social and cultural significance that sport has for individuals and for society 1

Unit aim:

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • present a New Zealand perspective on the Youth Olympic Games
  • investigate Chinese perspectives on the Olympic Games message
  • investigate Olympic identities and values
  • explore the moral and ethical basis of participation in sport
  • design strategies to ensure the Youth Olympic Games are sustainable.

Notes: This unit is based on a hypothetical Youth Olympic Games in Beijing. The idea has come about from the recent decisions made by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in July 2007 to hold the first Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010, and the first Youth Winter Olympic Games in 2012. This provides a topical context for learning.

Youth Olympic Games

The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) are planned to be an international festival held every four years in staggered summer and winter celebrations complementing the current Olympic Games, and will feature athletes 14–18 years old. The idea for such an event was envisioned in 2001 by IOC president Jacques Rogge. On 6 July 2007, IOC members at the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala approved the creation of a youth version of the Olympic Games.


The students in your class have been selected to represent a New Zealand perspective for this hypothetical Youth Olympic Games in Beijing. The purpose is to ensure the Youth Olympic Games are designed with a sustainable youth focus. Through utilising the Beijing context for these Youth Games, this unit aims to replicate the cultural learning and Olympic Ideals embedded in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.


  1. Ministry of Education. (1999). Health and physical education in the New Zealand curriculum . Wellington: Learning Media. (p. 45). Online at http://www.tki.org.nz/r/health/curriculum/statement/page44_e.php.

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