P7b spent a most memorable morning at East Renfrewshire Council Debating Chamber where they debated their chosen motion:
“There should be a legal built in time limit on games consoles for all children under 16.”
In preparation for the debate, P7b explored the etiquette of debating as well as the advantages and disadvantages of this topic. They extended persuasive Writing techniques through writing speeches both for and against the motion. They also enhanced public speaking, open ended questioning and their keen listening skills.
The motion was very convincingly argued by both Proposing and Opposing teams who backed up their opinions with current research data collected during Computing Science. Critical questions from the audience prompted even deeper probing and the News Reporters summarised the main points from both perspectives. Our photographers captured all the action on camera.
The final count of 20 votes against and 16 votes in favour of the motion resulted in a narrow win for the Opposing Team.
Thank you to Councillor Fletcher for officiating and guiding P7b through the debating process.
Definitely some lawyers in the making!