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The 2012 Olympic Games take place in London this summer, but before the Games begin a symbol of the Olympics will make its way from Greece to the host city.

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The Olympic Torch was recently lit in Olympia, Greece, where the Ancient Olympics were held until 394 AD.

The Torch arrives in the UK on Saturday 19 May, where it will begin a 70-day journey to London - visiting all parts of the United Kingdom before finishing at the opening ceremony on 27 July. On its way, it will be carried by lots of people, including 212 12-year-olds.

The Torch is seen as a symbol of the Olympic Games. But Greece's economy is in crisis, and some people think the Olympics aren't important when life is hard for many there.

This video is a BBC News report by David Bond about the lighting of the Torch, and what it means to people in Greece today.

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

The Torch will be carried all around the UK. Do you know anyone who is carrying the torch? Why were they chosen? Will you be going to see them?

The torch is a symbol of the Olympic Games, and acts as a count-down. Do you think the Torch is an important part of the Olympics? Can you think of any other symbols? Do you have any in your school? (Examples: School badge? Football mascot? Candles on a birthday cake?)

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 answer to worldclass@bbc.co.uk

Not everything went to plan during the ceremony and the flame was blown out. Have you ever had to deal with something unexpected? How did you cope?

During the The Torch ceremony, actors dressed in the style of ancient Greeks to bring history to life. Are you interested in the connection with the past? What does this add to the Olympics today?

The ceremony to light the flame took place in Greece, where they are struggling to deal with their economic crisis. Do you think ceremonies like this should still take place when people are struggling financially? Do you worry about money?

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 answer to worldclass@bbc.co.uk

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