Today, a group of fifteen Year 6 pupils went on the mini-bus with Mrs Wallace and Mr Smales to visit St Matthew's Church of England School in Tunbridge Wells.
The purpose of the trip was to join up with some of the Year 6 pupils from St Matthew's school to participate in a debate. The topic of today's debate was, 'Should smoking be made illegal in the UK?'
Upon arrival to St Matthew's the children from both schools engaged in some activities to get to know each other and enjoy a late breakfast of croissants, pain au chocolat, fruit and orange juice. Afterwards they divided up into two groups; those against the idea and those who agree that smoking should be made illegal. The two groups then shared their research and agreed on what were the key points to support their point of view.
After lunch the two groups came together and the debate took place in front of an audience of Year 6 pupils from St Matthew's School. One pupil from Bannockburn volunteered to act as the chairperson, ensuring that both groups presented their views in a professional and courteous manner. Four teachers from St Matthew's School were invited to act as judges and decide on which side made the strongest case.
The children had a great day and all the children involved behaved impeccably throughout. And if you look very carefully at the photos, you might spot Mrs Wallace enjoying herself out on the playground at lunchtime!
We have invited St Matthew's School to come over to Bannockburn (after the Year 6 SATs of course!) to engage in another debate.