Classrooms around Taranaki are gearing up for the start of the Olympic Games tomorrow.
Room 12 at Hawera Primary School started the new school term by delving into the history of the games and looking at the countries attending this year.
Teacher Sharon Honeyfield said the students will be working alongside athletes this time around in the hopes of gaining a new perspective on the games.
This year, students are choosing a sport and training as the athletes do, with fitness testing every Friday to see how they are improving.
Miss Honeyfield said they will be performing basic skills such as press-ups, sit-ups and running.
The school will be holding a mini-Olympics of their own next month.
In class they are working their way through research on all different aspects of the games.
"They have come up with their own questions they want to find answers to."
The questions have been used to create an inquiry wall and will be marked off as each is answered, she said.
The London Olympic Games 2012 starts on Friday July 27 and ends on Sunday August 12. What are you doing for the Olympics?
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