The 5000-mile friendship

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This is a BBC World Class assembly focussing on the Olympic value of friendship for key stage two

Marcos and Lia at the Durham International Youth Games.

Teacher script to introduce the film

This is a film about two children from Brazil who are visiting the UK.

Brazil is a country in South America, and it is more than 5000 miles away from the UK.

The Brazilian children's school is called Colegio Certo.

In 2010, it was twinned with a school in Durham, in the north of England, called Roseberry Sports College.

Since then, the two schools have had a special friendship, despite being so far apart.

Show film and use discussion prompts afterwards. Email worldclass@bbc.co.uk for a downloadable copy.

Do you have a friend who lives a long way away from you?

How do you keep in touch? How is this different to keeping in touch with friends who live nearby?

It is possible for a friend to live too far away? Is it too far away if they live in the next town to you? Or County? Country?

Have you ever won a race against a friend or beaten a friend at sport? How did you feel?

The Brazilian students did not speak English, but they still managed to form friendships with the English pupils. How would you communicate with someone who doesn't speak your language?

(hints: gestures, demonstrating how to do something, facial expressions, music, sport, food)

Marcos and Lia were a long way from home. Have you spent time in a country a long way away where everything is different? What was it like?

Primary Assembly Question

Is it possible to be friends with someone you are trying to beat at sport?

Email your answer to worldclass@bbc.co.uk

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