The BIG Debate

 

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.

 The quote we were responding to.

The quote we were responding to.

 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. 

 

 

 This display, on the tv, was welcoming the children back into the classroom along with a complete classroom layout!

This display, on the tv, was welcoming the children back into the classroom along with a complete classroom layout!

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 ever so serious side voting AGAINST zoos being open in the UK. 

The ever so serious side voting AGAINST zoos being open in the UK. 

 The opposition, again a very serious bunch, voting FOR zoos in the UK to stay open. 

The opposition, again a very serious bunch, voting FOR zoos in the UK to stay open. 

 Ready to begin, in the House of Commons/Rainforest

Ready to begin, in the House of Commons/Rainforest

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. 

 Putting forward an argument. 

Putting forward an argument. 

 We had to stand up if we had something very important to say.

We had to stand up if we had something very important to say.

 Speaking clearly and being concise and forthright with our points.  

Speaking clearly and being concise and forthright with our points.  

 Putting an argument forward in 3BU's House of Commons.

Putting an argument forward in 3BU's House of Commons.

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. 

 

 One happy voter! 

One happy voter! 

The votes has been verified and counted and all will be revealed on Tuesday...