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BSB Debating Bears begin 1st Round!

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The Global Campus Debating League has begun their first round of debating!

The 14 primary teams across the world have been paired up with opposing teams and allocated debating motions based on the Global Goals. Our primary team, the ‘Debating Bears’, are arguing against the motion that ‘The Olympics are a waste of money’ with Dover Court International School, Singapore in the first round.

The Global Debate League is a great opportunity for pupils to compete at a global level; although students aren’t able to meet other Nord Anglia pupils in the same physical space, we are using a range of technologies such as forum posts, recorded videos and statements as part of a live debate to connect them across the world.

During each round of the debate each team will make five statements and each team will be able to score a maximum of 50 points in each round - 10 points for each post. The judges will be looking at the quality of posts and judging them according to the following things:

  • How well does the post do what it is supposed to do (i.e. meet the purpose statement in the table in How to take part)?
  • Is the post well-informed?
  • Does the post demonstrate sound critical thinking?
  • Does the post communicate well?
  • Is there evidence of effective teamwork?

Every team will received personalised feedback which will let us know what the team did well and how we could do even better in the next round.

For the future rounds these are the possible motions:

Global Goal

8-11 years

Quality education

It is more important to be creative than to know how to read and write.

Quality education/ Partnerships for the goals

All students should do volunteer work in the community.

Climate action

We should all drive electric cars.

Gender equality

Female athletes should be paid the same as male athletes in all sports.

No poverty

The best way to help poor people is for the government to make everyone share their money.

No poverty

People should be allowed to live in any country they want.

Good health and well-being

Children should not be allowed to drink soda/fizzy drinks.

Zero hunger

All people should be vegetarians.

Reduced inequalities

Governments should give all adults enough money to buy food and pay bills, even if they don’t have a job.

Sustainable cities and communities

In the future, we should only use public transport to travel around our cities.

Life on Land

Half of all farm land should be turned back to wild land.

Peace Justice and strong institutions

Children should be allowed to vote.

Life on Land

Pandas should be left to face extinction.

Zero hunger

Insects are a good alternative to meat.

 

The photographs above show how the Global Campus Debating League primary ASA have been preparing for round one by writing persuasive sentences based on the Global Goals and composing an opening statement for our argument against ‘Olympics are a waste of money’. The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Global Goals so far and have shared lots of good ideas for including in our debate. Our team will continue debating into season 3 of ASAs and we will keep you posted with the results from each round of the Global Campus Debating League.

Update from: Ms. Emily Newman, Year 5 Class Teacher, Global Campus Lead Teacher

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