The Great Green Debate 2019
Context: The great green debate
The great green debate is a competition that will challenge children (year 5 and 6) to think critically about global environmental issues. All Primary and Junior schools within the district were invited to take part in the debate. School's successful in getting to the final will culminate with a live debate in the Wakefield County Halls Council Chamber, a real debating hall on the 13th March 2019.
The teams involved were asked to prepare for a 5 minute debate which will be focused around a central question.
“What is the most important thing that we can do to help our environment”
Here are the speeches from our debate team...
Sandal Castle Big Debate 2018 Tuesday 17th July
The Debate Dominators (year 6) V. The Harbingers of Debate Doom (staff)
Judges - Miss Spivey,Mrs Wadsworth, Oscar, Oliver G & Mrs Waddington
Chairperson – Abbi
Time Keeper - Haleema
Debate 1 - The Harbingers propose to abolish non uniforms days.
Debate 2 - The Dominators propose that school staff should wear a uniform.
The Great Green Debate - 14.3.18
The great green debate is a competition that will challenge children (year 5 and 6) to think critically about global environmental issues. All Primary and Junior schools within the district are invited to take part and the debate will culminate with a live debate in the Wakefield County Halls Council Chamber, a real debating hall.
Each entering school should choose a debating team of 6. More children may be involved in discussing issues and generating debating points but 6 children will represent the school by speaking in the debating competition.
The teams involved must prepare for a 5 minute debate which will be focused around a central question: “What is the most important thing that we can do to help our environment”
Each schools debating team will be given a topic which they have to argue is the most important thing that you can do to help our environment in advance of the debate. There is not a right or wrong answer, the competition is based on strength of argument.
The big event will take place on Wednesday the 14th March at Pontefract Town Hall 12:30-15:00.The voting on the big day will be largely via peer assessment so will keep all groups engaged throughout the event and the pupils voices will be heard.
There will be 3 prizes for the debate, first (£500), second (£250) and third (£100). All participating schools will be given a certificate and token of thanks.
We are very excited to be involved in the debate as debates are fantastic ways to get children to think critically, independently and to develop their confidence in public speaking which is a critical skill later in life in the workplace.
GREAT GREEN DEBATE UPDATE
OUR DEBATE TEAM WERE FANTASTIC AND WERE AWARDED 2ND PLACE! CONGRATULATIONS
Our fantastic debate team all received National Book Tokens to celebrate their achievement.
UKS2 Debate Club
The Year 6 Debate club in now in its 4th year. The club meets once a week The children decide what subjects they want to discuss, research and debate. Debating helps build confidence, speaking and listening skills and helps the children see that there are different points of view and more than one side to any argument.
In the clubs history, we have debated many varied subjects: some applicable to school like SATs and uniform, some topical like animal testing and Donald Trump and some just for fun like banning Justin Bieber.
Sandal Castle ' Big' Debate Summer 2017
This year we put on 'The Big Debate' with the year 6 team versus a team of teachers. The teachers were worthy opponents but year 6s won overall because of their passion and teamwork.
Summer Term Debate with Crofton High School 2015 and 2016
In 2015 & 2016, our debate team took on Crofton Academy's team in the Sandal-Crofton Debate Challenge and won both times, despite being against much older children.