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Inzell lies in the Chiemgau region of Bavaria in the German Alps. Josephine, an 11-year-old girl, is a speed skater and trains at the Max Aicher stadium, one of only three all-weather speed skating stadiums in Germany. The stadium hosts many international competitions, and it has an environmentally friendly roof design that protects the ice from direct sun rays, thus saving on the electricity required to keep the ice frozen when the temperature rises in summer.

Josephine likes to ski in the winter and waveboard with her friends in the summer. She shows us the mountain ranges in her area and the rivers made from snow melt. She also shows us the traditional Bavarian farms with their cows that graze in the Alpine meadows in the summer and come into the stalls for the long harsh winters.

The region is full of lakes, and she walks us round the highest and coldest lake in Germany. This lake used to be the venue for international speed skating competitions. The lake is surrounded by forests which protect the inhabitants from snow and rock avalanches, and provide essential sustainable wood for building homes and heating.
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30 March 2012

Classroom Ideas

Children could consider the similarities and differences between their own town and Inzell which lies in the Chiemgau region of Bavaria in the German Alps, by presenting this information in a Venn diagram. Using the clip as a stimulus, the children could complete further research on the German Alps, Bavaria, its tourism and forestry industry, before writing a report about these. The children could write a 'Day in the Life of..' diary of Josephine, the young girl presenting the film, whilst at home, speed skating and wave-boarding. This report or diary could be accompanied by a glossary explaining the key vocabulary. The children can design their own poster or travel brochure advertising Inzell in Bavaria using persuasive language and information shown in the clip.

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