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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Sochi without the snow at Cumbrian school

It's a long way from Sochi – and there’s no snow or ice.

School Sochi games photo
James Mattinson heads off in the skeleton

But west Cumbria is nevertheless giving Russia a run for its money as a Winter Olympics venue.

Children at a primary school staged their own version of the games as Lizzy Arnold grabbed gold for Team GB in the skeleton.

Pupils at Dean School, near Workington, have spent this term studying topics related to the Winter Olympics.

And they recreated some of the drama as youngsters devised their own versions of curling, ice hockey and the skeleton – and competition was intense.

Around 60 children represented four countries – Norway, Austria, Sweden and Canada. Pupils with the most points got Olympic-style medals and the rest got participation medals.

Headteacher David Fasham said: “It’s definitely raised their awareness of what is going on in other countries.”

And the competitors certainly enjoyed it.

Emily Shenton, 10, said: “It’s been really good. I have learn a lot of new skills.”

Thomas O’Fee, 11, said: “It’s been great. I have learnt loads about the Winter Olympics.”

Children have also been learning about the history and culture of Russia.

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