Trekking across the glacier

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Assembly for key stage 2 pupils about athletes on a team building trip to the far north.

Belgian sprinters endure glacier trek dur 2,47

Teacher script to introduce film

Who has been somewhere very cold? What was it like? Did you have to wear special clothes to keep warm?

Kevin and Jonathan Borlée are twin brothers and sprinters from Belgium.

Olympic and Paralympic values

  • Determination
  • Friendship
  • Courage

The twins and their team mates from the Belgian relay squad spent a week trekking across an ice cap in Iceland.

Ask the assembly if they know what an ice cap is.

An ice cap is a thick layer of ice and snow that covers a large area of land.

It gets really cold in the arctic and during the trek temperatures dropped below -15c.

The twins' father is also their coach. He organised the trip for the team.

The aim of the trip was to build friendship and team work between the athletes in the run up to the London Olympics.

Show film and use discussion prompts afterwards. Email worldclass@bbc.co.uk if you would like a copy of this film to download

Ask the Assembly Question

  • Would you prefer to take a trip somewhere hot or somewhere cold?
  • Email your school's answer to worldclass@bbc.co.uk

'Friendship' and 'determination' are two of the Olympic values that the twins show in their arctic trek.

Why is it important for a relay team to work together? How will this trip help them to work together?

When do you work in a team in sport? Do you ever work in a team outside sport?

What do you think makes a good team? How can you build a strong team?

They carried on with the journey even though it was very cold and they got blisters. Have you carried on with something you have found difficult when it would have been easier to give up? What happened and how did you feel?

The twins' dad is also their coach. If you were an athlete, would you find it hard to be coached by someone who you know really well?

Do you think that the team enjoyed the trip? Would you like to go on a trip like this?

Ask the Assembly Question

Would you prefer to take a trip somewhere hot or somewhere cold?

Email your school's answer to worldclass@bbc.co.uk

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