Lighting the Olympic Flame

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The Olympic Games is a huge sporting event in which athletes from all over the world take part. It happens every four years, and this year it will take place in London.

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Before the Games begin, a special torch is carried around the whole of the United Kingdom so that everyone can see it.

The journey takes 70 days and, when it gets to London, the 2012 Olympic Games will begin.

First, the torch has to be lit. It is lit in Greece, a country in Europe where the very first Olympic Games were held, hundreds of years ago.

The torch will be flown to the UK to begin its journey to London. On its way, it will be carried by lots of people, including 212 12-year-olds.

This video is a BBC News report by David Bond about the lighting of the Torch.

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

What do you know about the Olympic Games? Are you excited about them?

During the Torch lighting ceremony, actors dressed in the style of ancient Greeks to bring history to life. Are you interested in the connection with history?

Ask the Assembly Question

The Olympic Flame used to travel around the world before the Olympic Games, but this time it will only travel around the UK.

Do you think it should travel around the world, or just around the country the Games are held in? Email your school's answer to worldclass@bbc.co.uk

The torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games, and acts as a count-down. Who knows what a symbol means?

Do you think the Torch is an important part of the Olympics? Can you think of any other symbols? What about the candles on your birthday cake?

The film was made because it is the start of an important journey for the Torch. Have you been on an important journey? How did that make you feel? Nervous? Excited? How do you think it might feel to carry the torch?

The flame was blown out during the ceremony and had to be relit. Has anything ever happened to you that you didn't expect? What did you do?

If you live in the UK the Torch will be coming close to your area so that people can see it. Do you know anyone who will carry the Torch or take part?

Ask the Assembly Question

The Olympic Flame used to travel around the world before the Olympic Games, but this time it will only travel around the UK.

Do you think it should travel around the world, or just around the country the Games are held in? Email your school's answer to worldclass@bbc.co.uk

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