Debate Mate launch
On Tuesday 5th November, ten children from Upton Cross represented the school at the opening launch for Debate Mate. This involved two of own students taking to the stage to perform a live debate in front of around 200 other children from schools around London. The event was a resounding success and, no doubt, inspired many of the other children in attendance to raise their debating game throughout the year! Click here to watch us perform live!
Debate Mate Competition - Urban Debate League (Click Here)
On Wednesday 26th February, our Year 5 debaters had the opportunity to put their debating skills to the test in the first round of the Year 5 Urban Debate Mate League. Held at William Tyndale Primary in Highbury, Upton Cross came up against some stiff opposition and had to be on top form. It gives us great pleasure to announce that Upton Cross won all of their 4 debates - placing them in a great position to proceed to the next round. Well done!
Upton Cross takes on the Urban Debate League competition
On Tuesday 9th February, four teams of children from Year 6 took part in the first round of Debate Mate’s Urban Debate League competition. During the competition, our teams were pitted against children from other schools across London, many of whom were seasoned debaters with some years of experience. As the competition was held virtually, children were dealt the double challenge of not only debating online - but organising their speeches without even being in the same room as each other!
All of our teams rose to the challenge fantastically and gave strong arguments about a subject close to their hearts - is online learning better than learning in school? The competition was tough, but our teams showed some impressive debating skills, made some very strong ‘points of information’ and kept their cool throughout, for which they should be congratulated. A special well done also goes out to Laurel class who won their round! We look forward to seeing how well our teams do in the next stage of the competition around Easter - updates to follow!