Our newly formed chess club is up and running with nearly 30 children coming every week to learn new techniques and strategies to use when playing a game of chess. Mr Anthony is leading the club with Mr Samuel helping and we are both very impressed with the early progress of the children and the level of enthusiasm they show.
Mr Anthony has devised a training scheme for our young chess players which allows the children to work through Bronze, Silver and Gold awards as their level of understanding and skills develop. When the children have reached their Silver award they will enter a ladder system where they will be able to challenge other children to a match...more details to follow. We have been in contact with some of the local schools and we are planning to organise a chess festival in the Autumn Term.
Below are some of the training sessions we have worked through and an explanation of the different awards. Additionally, on some weeks the children will be set optional home learning to help develop their game further.
As a school we are working alongside the fantastic organisation 'Chess in Schools and Communities' (please click here for link and see link below). They provide guidance and resources to promote chess in schools with the following aims.
In the future we hope to engage further with the organisation who support participating schools with:
Weekly visits from a CSC chess tutor.
Chess equipment, books, teaching aids and software.
A curriculum with lesson plans, worksheets and handouts.
Training for teachers and teaching assistants.
Entry to a national schools' competition.
Free activities day at the London Chess Classic
Please see our curriculum and hand-outs below, all of which have been shared with our chess club.