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Debate: For Gifted and Talented Children

These Debate challenge sessions will equip your child with the skills they need for our ever-changing world. Helen has led many students in Debating, both in school and through the World Scholar’s Cup, where students have seen phenomenal success under her guidance. She took the first group of primary students ever to a Global event, where they were able to stand confidently to debate against students 3 years older than them with confidence, poise and great success.

Debating means students study topics that they wouldn’t normally consider, meaning they have a deeper understanding of the society and the world which we live in. An expanded worldview also encourages students to be proud of their talents and achievements, in addition to being more appreciative of the opportunities that await them.

Being more conscious of the world we live in will stand you in good stead for the future – even if you don’t win the debate this time.

See How Our Sessions Look By Age Group

Debate Age 5-7 

 

Our debate  course aims to meet the following objectives at an age appropriate level. 

  • Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting.

  • Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including questions and feedback to presentations.

  • Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations.

The skills you will be taught in this  course will include:

  • Making Effective Notes.

  • Understanding a motion.

  • How to be a confident speaker.

To this aim, lessons will focus on the following learning objectives:

  • Understanding what a motion is.

  • The difference between proposition and opposition.

  • How to plan a speech.

  • How to decide what to say.

  • Listen, Listen, Listen.

  • The basics of rebuttal.

Debate Age 8-11 

 

Our debate  course aims to meet the following objectives at an age appropriate level. 

  • Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting.

  • Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including questions and feedback to presentations.

  • Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations.

The skills you will be taught in this ‘Forward Motion’ course will include:

  • Choosing Good Content.

  • Planning your speech.

  • Engaging an Audience.

To this aim, lessons will focus on the following learning objectives:

 

  • Use of formal language.

  • How to persuade without shouting!

  • Things to avoid when debating.

  • How to decide what to say.

  • Listen, Listen, Listen.

  • Eye Contact and Hand gestures.

  • Effective rebuttals.

Debate Age 12-16

Our debate  course aims to meet the following objectives at an age appropriate level. 

  • Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting.

  • Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including questions and feedback to presentations.

  • Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations.

The skills you will be taught in this ‘In Pursuit of Dispute’ course will include:

  • Skills of presentation with emphasis on planning.

  • Ways of asking and responding to questions. 

  • Different ways of structuring a presentation for impact.

  • Refining presentations.

To this aim, lessons will focus on the following learning objectives:

 

  • Identifying audience and purpose.

  • Features of spoken language.

  • Features of persuasive language.

  • Examining features of effective and ineffective debating.

  • Identifying and creating key points.

  • Review features of spoken language.

  • Responding and engaging.

  • Understanding audience and purpose.

  • Features of spoken language.

  • What makes a good speaker.

  • Using persuasive features in speaking.

Debating

For more detail on what to expect from our Debating courses please click below.