4:00PM - 6:00PM
6th February - 9th April
A debating program that builds on the concepts covered in Debating Wallabies, and introduces students to more complex policy based topics and case structures.Student to Teacher Ratio 9:1
Help students further develop their understanding of debating, placing a particular focus on policy-based topics.
Provide students with an in-depth understanding on a particular concept each term.
Give students a range of opportunities to participate in practice debates and receive individualised feedback.
Bookings for Term #1 2024 are now open!
Whilst Debating Wolverines always covers the basics concepts involved in policy debating – cases, arguments, rebuttal and speaking manner – the focus of the program changes every term:
Whilst it’s recommended that students give each of these streams a try, there is no particular need to start with any of them, meaning students are welcome to join at any time!
Like many sports and other activities, debating is won or lost as a team. Whilst individual performances can be important, it’s the teamwork element that really defines whether a team is successful in any given debate.
Our Term #1 program focuses on Policy Cases. This focus builds on the essential skills students learn in the beginner Debating Wallabies program and adds to their developing understanding of what debating involves, taking them through how policy cases are formed and linked to other essential elements of debating (such as practical arguments and rebuttal) to improve their chances of success in any given debate.
These are then tied into a range of speaking activities and debates, all with plenty of personalised feedback, to help them put these concepts into practice.
Over the course of the term, students will have the opportunity to:
Our Debating Wolverines program is an experienced level class for students in Years 3 & 4.
Designed for students with formal coaching in debating, we recommend that students only enrol if they have:
Importantly, debating and public speaking are very different skills. Attending a public speaking program with us (such as Public Speaking Wombats or Speaking Camp Kangaroos), or participating in a public speaking program at school, doesn’t really prepare students for this program – they would be better off giving our Debating Wallabies program a try.
Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss what’s best for your child, or check out our video below to see how our term program progressions work!
Fostering a Nurturing Class Environment
Each program starts out with the coach facilitating a welcoming class environment and ensuring that all students are across the fundamental rules and concepts involved with debating – making sure everyone, regardless of experience, is up to speed. The early sessions also involve a range of speaking activities that help students develop their debating skills.
Case Structure & Argumentation
In the first few sessions, students will cover the fundamentals of debating, including learning how to construct both affirmative and negative cases, how to structure practical points, and how to identify burdens. These concepts will be supplemented regularly with activities so that students can put what they’ve learned into practice.
Throughout the term, students will also learn about rebuttal fundamentals with a focus on rebuttal types, rebuttal structure, and how rebuttals can be used to either bring down your opposition or defend your case.
In addition to all the theory, students will have the opportunity to participate in multiple practice debates during the term. Each debate will be on a different topic, and students will have the opportunity to speak in different roles each time.
As with all our weekly programs, the term concludes with a presentation to the students’ parents. This is a great way to help them develop the confidence to speak directly to adults, as well as being a good opportunity for them to showcase their new skills.
My son enjoyed and learned a lot at here.
My daughter said she really enjoyed the program and would like to attend EVERY time. I think it must be an amazing program.
After our Term #4 programs...
of Year 3 - 4 students surveyed enjoyed attending the programs
of Year 3 - 4 students surveyed felt more confident
of Year 3 - 4 students surveyed saw their speaking manner significantly improve
of Year 3 - 4 students surveyed really wanted to come back again next time