Key stage 2 assembly about female judoka's Olympic hopes

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Key Stage 2 school assembly about Sarah Menezes, a Brazilian Judoka aiming to win gold at the Olympic Games.

Brazil's Olympic judo hopeful. Dur 3,30

Teacher script to introduce film

Brazil is a country in South America and their favourite sport is football.

However, one young athlete from the country is famous for playing a different sport - Judo.

Olympic and Paralympic values

  • Excellence
  • Equality
  • Determination

Judo is a sport from Japan where two people compete against each other. The aim is to throw or wrestle your opponent to the floor. Sports like this are known as 'martial arts'.

Sarah Menezes is in her early 20s and comes from a small town in Brazil.

She is the third best in the world at her sport, and is looking to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the summer.

Sarah could be the first female Brazilian athlete to win gold in judo at the Olympic Games, but she has to work hard to be really good at her sport.

Show film and use discussion prompts afterwards.

Have you ever tried martial arts? Has anyone tried judo? Did you like it?

Ask the Assembly Question

  • Do you try harder when it comes to your school work or your hobbies?
  • Email your school's answer to worldclass@bbc.co.uk

It takes lots of hard work to be as good as Sarah and she trains every day. She has learnt how to train even when she feels like doing something else - and that also helps her do her school work.

What do you work hard at? Do you ever want to do something else instead? Do you think it's important to try your best in everything you do?

Although she's really good at what she does, Sarah says she gets really nervous before a competition. Why do you think she gets nervous? Do you ever get nervous? What can you do stop yourself getting nervous?

Sarah loves spending time with her friends, but because she travels the world to take part in judo competitions, she can't spend lots of time with them. What would you miss if you were always travelling? Are your friends important to you?

Ask the Assembly Question

Do you try harder when it comes to your school work or your hobbies?

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

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