Home Debate Club From Smart School Council
Home Debate Club is a weekly, guided, 10 minute online activity that allows young people and their families to participate in a national debate. It is for students between the ages of 6-12 and aims to help young people feel like their voice matters and improve their oracy skills. A new debate goes live every Monday and runs for a week. It is completely online and mobile friendly, so families can participate using their phone or computer and do not need to use pens or paper.
How the debate works is that those participating watch the debate video, which gives context to the debate question and provides the stances to be taken. A young person then leads the debate, ensuring that everyone gets an opportunity to put forward their opinion. After everyone does so, an agreement must be made on which answer won the debate. They then submit their group’s answer. After submission they can see how many people across the country have gotten involved, and once the debate is over nationally they can see what the rest of the nation decided.
It is a fun and easy activity to do at home to help support your student’s learning and provide an opportunity to build on important oracy and critical thinking skills. Get involved here.