Today, saw the culmination of several lessons spent discussing what a debate is and what the main aims are before choosing topics for us to debate in class, and then writing our arguments. We spent a lot of time discussing the best language to use when trying to write a persuasive piece and how we could incorporate some facts to back up our arguments. We also rehearsed our speeches in our groups and tried to make our presentations memorable and convincing so as to gain more votes. The class all tried very hard. It’s not always an easy thing to do and they had a lot to remember along the way e.g. using expressive voices, making eye contact with the audience and gesturing as they talked.
Each pupil listening to the debates, left those making the speeches some constructive feedback which we would hope to take on board another time. The results were as follows…some votes were very close!
Jenga Blocks – An Inside Toy For Rainy Playtimes?
FOR 8 / AGAINST 10
Mobile Phones in School Debate
FOR 10 / AGAINST 9
Playtimes Should Be Longer Debate
FOR 14 / AGAINST 6
We hope the class have enjoyed going through this process and that the skills they have worked on, will be of use again in the future.