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Chess

Claremont Primary has become part of the ’Chess in Schools and Communities program’ which involves chess being delivered to your child as part of the Curriculum by a specialist teacher from years 2 to 6 for approximately forty minutes per week.

Why teach children chess?

Research indicates that learning and playing chess develops academic skills children require throughout their education. This especially applies to numeracy and Mathematics which forms a major part of the skills needed to play the game. However, chess also nurtures a variety of other life skills including problem solving, decision making and respect for others. Memory and concentration are vital to be a successful chess player.

There is a growing number of chools throughout the country that recognise the benefits teaching chess brings to a child’s education and development. Not only are children learning to play the game, they will learn to play it well and, at a competitive level which, together with enjoyment, is an essential ingredient in making rapid progress. Already, we have a year 5 pupil who has taken part in a Manchester chess tournament and won some of his matches.

Your child is encouraged to take part in a lunchtime chess club which is held on Mondays and Tuesdays every week. There is also an after school club run every Monday.

Chess continues to flourish at Claremont Primary School and parents/carers are encouraged to discuss and play chess with their child at home.

Chess Ambassadors

The chess ambassador program has been operating in school for the last year.

This offers children with an interest in chess the opportunity to promote and encourage the game in school and in helping others improve their game. Chess ambassadors are required to be keen and enthusiastic when helping out at lunchtime chess clubs and during lesson time.

This year, the ambassador roles have been focused on Year 4 who have demonstrated a high standard of behaviour and responsibility as part of the 'Chess Ambassador' remit. A key strength at Claremont Primary is how well older children help and support younger individuals, in this case, wishing to progress in chess. The selected Chess Ambassadors have done an excellent job in acting as role models in school. A smart, embossed metal badge is also supplied and must be worn as part of the post.

Chess ambassadors are expected to attend and participate in general meetings held in school every five weeks. Agendas and Minutes are sent out as necessary.

Pupils interested in this particular role should speak with Mr Shanker who is in School on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays every week.


Competitions

Claremont regularly compete in competitions within school time, and even at weekends. Pupils are given the opportunity to play matches against children from other schools in the area. This is one of the ways in which children can improve in their game.

There is a period of seven weeks where matches are held in the classroom and pupils are expected to play under tournament conditions. We play matches throughout the year with our results regularly published in the school newsletter. There is also an opportunity to enter the UK Chess Challenge through School. This is an annual competition organised to find very the best junior chess players in the country. Prizes are presented in respect of performance, effort and application.

Information on teams selected is posted on the chess notice board in school and is regularly updated.

Your child is encouraged to practice chess at home, either with someone they know or playing against the computer. The website 'chesskid.com' is another opportunity for your child to practice and enjoy the game. He / she is given a username and password in order to participate.

Parents / carers are encouraged to purchase a chess set for their child and have this set up at home to encourage him / her to play as much as possible. To learn the basics of chess, parents are invited to 'chess lessons for parents' on Wednesday mornings in School. Contact Mr Shanker for further details.