All Year Two children have a weekly one hour chess lesson with a trained Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) chess tutor
CSC is a UK charity which aims to improve children’s educational outcomes and foster their social development by introducing them to the game of chess. As a school we receive all the necessary chess sets, teaching and learning resources.
Chess is a universal game, knowing no boundaries of age, gender, faith, ethnicity or disability, that promotes key intellectual skills such as problem solving, logical thinking, pattern recognition and concentration. Playing chess also fosters intellectual character. Its cerebral reputation boosts self-esteem and gives children ‘grit’ – the tenacity to cope with adversity – which helps them grow into rounded and employable individuals. It does this by teaching children how to lose and how to win gracefully, to think ahead and foresee the consequences of their actions.
For the past two years some of our children have represented St Teresa’s at The Merseyside Junior Chess Tournament held at St George’s Hall, Liverpool. Most of the opposition are in Year Three and our children have all come away each time with at least some draws. Some of our best players won lots of games and proved difficult to beat.