Brixham College has been harnessing the teaching powers of Chess with its neighbouring primary schools in a move to make a strategic investment in the future, give pupils a set of transferable skills to keep for life and educate by stealth.
Year 5 pupils from Brixham CofE primary school pitted their strategic skills against Galmpton primary school at Brixham College’s inaugural annual Chess tournament where they demonstrated their love and understanding of the game as well as their ability to win and lose gracefully.
“Chess is a very sociable activity and a great use of free time which ultimately brings children together to have fun and enjoy learning ,” says Darren Whittington, Brixham College’s transition leader who organised and refereed Brixham College’s inaugural primary chess challenge on its campus with help from his students. “The game also has huge educational value by helping to develop all the fundamental building blocks for personal growth. It’s a great way for children to learn about the importance of planning and perseverance and that all decisions have consequences. The confidence, focus and higher level thinking skills pupils gain to become analytical players will have measurable benefits in the years to come,” he adds.
‘My granddad taught me to play and this is the first time I’ve played against someone I don’t know. It made me really think about what move they might make next,’ said Bailey Manning-Boot a participating Year 5 pupil at Brixham CofE primary school.
‘I really enjoyed the tournament. It was a really good experience,’ added Carys Mackellar, Year 5 students Brixham CofE primary school.
‘The Chess tournament at Brixham College is a great way for pupils to get together and play against other schools with the assistance of Brixham College students to encourage them. They really enjoyed using their planning and thinking skills and are looking forward to defending their title next year,’ said Mrs Rushton, Headteacher at Brixham CofE Primary School.
Evidence shows that the Universal game of Chess, which crosses all socio-economic boundaries to level the playing field in the classroom, is a very effective teaching tool and helps develops cognitive ability, intellectual capital, logical thinking, mental discipline and concentration. Offering minds stimulating exercise and an immediate challenge, Chess also encourages self-assessment for improving performance, with players more able to organise their thinking and behaviour.
“Life has a tendency to imitate Chess and gives young people the ability to visualise, analyse and think critically. It’s also a fun way to give them the skills and social dexterity to navigate the challenges they will face later in life,” says Mark Eager, Principal, Brixham College who expects.
As well as being applicable to everyday life, Chess has a positive impact on other areas of the school curriculum. With mathematics at its core, every game is a science experiment, testing hypothesis and learning by trial and error. Anticipating outcomes can also transfer to reading comprehension and the understanding of how characters, actions and storylines interconnect.Follow