Jemma's special journey

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Jemma's Special Journey - Primary

Teacher script to introduce film

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

Do you ever try and do something which you find really difficult? What is it? What helps you keep going?

Ask the Assembly Question

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

Jemma is 13 and was born with heart complications and Down's syndrome.

She hasn't let this stand in her way and likes to compete in her favourite sport - gymnastics.

Jemma and her family are a team.

With their support, she competed against other people with learning disabilities at the Special Olympics World Games which were held in Athens, the capital of Greece.

Show film and use discussion prompts afterwards.

Olympic and Paralympic values

  • Determination
  • Inspiration
  • Courage
  • Equality

Jemma worked really hard to prepare for the Special Olympics and her sisters admire her hard work. What difficulties has Jemma had to overcome?

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

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

Ask the Assembly Question

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

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