On Friday 10th June Year 3 held The BIG Debate. We wrote a cold piece in English recently which was a persuasive letter. Within the letter the children had to write a response to a quote which, apparently, Boris Johnson said about closing all UK zoos.
Since the cold piece was written we have been looking at the different elements of persuasive writing and decided it would be great to have a debate about the topic. We put our own personal feelings aside for the purpose of the debate and were split into two sides. One side FOR and the other AGAINST UK zoos being open.
We watched a video clip of Prime Minister's Question Time so the children could see inside the House of Commons to understand how the politicians spoke, used their body language and jeered. We talked about The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, and his role.
The classroom had been transformed into the House of Commons during assembly and when the children walked back in they were quite surprised! The children took their seats and we discussed the rules of what they needed to do when they wanted to speak. In 3CHP Mrs. Morton-Race was Madame Speaker and in 3BU's classroom Madame Speaker, ruling the Commons, was Mrs.Morgan. If we shouted "Order", then order there had to be!
The children were fantastic at following the rules of standing up when wanting to talk and sitting down when not picked by Madame Speaker. They were very animated and passionate when arguing their points. They covered a wide range of issues. The children were hugely involved and loved this different approach to discussing the topic.
Finally, we all put aside what team we had been on in the debate and voted for what we personally believed in. We discussed the imminent European Referendum, where our nearest polling station was, what it was like to vote and what you do inside the polling station. We took it in turns to go up to a booth and vote and then placed our voting slips in the ballot box. We simply voted FOR or AGAINST zoos being open or not.
The votes has been verified and counted and all will be revealed on Tuesday...