Jemma's special journey

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Assembly kit about a 13-year-old gymnast who has Down's syndrome for GCSE and key stage 3 pupils

Jemma's Special Journey - Primary

Teacher script to introduce film

Jemma is 13 and was born with heart complications.

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  • Jemma almost won a medal in Athens. Do you think it's more important to win or take part?

She also has a condition called Down's syndrome but she hasn't let this stand in her way.

She is a gymnast. With the support of her family she competes against other athletes with learning disabilities at the Special Olympics World Games.

Jemma and her family are a team. Her family support her whenever and wherever she is competing. This support makes a huge difference to Jemma.

Show film and use discussion prompts afterwards.

Olympic and Paralympic values

  • Determination
  • Inspiration
  • Courage
  • Equality

What makes the Special Olympics different from the Olympics or from the Paralympics?

Jemma has Down's syndrome and because of that there are fewer opportunities for her to take part in sport. What do you gain from taking part in sport?

The Special Olympics gives athletes like Jemma an opportunity to compete internationally. Is it important for athletes with learning disabilities to have their own Olympics? Why?

Jemma learnt to express herself and to perform in front of a crowd in order to compete in Athens. Her sisters admire her determination. Who do you know who shows exceptional determination? When have you had to be determined to achieve your goal?

Jemma's family support her when she competes. What difference does their support make? When do you cheer your friends and family on?

Have you ever represented your class? Your year? Your school? Your town? Or even your country? How did you feel?

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Jemma almost won a medal in Athens. Do you think it's more important to win or take part?

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