Header Image

Chess champions in the making!

Year 3 are thoroughly enjoying their chess lessons. So far, they have learnt how to give coordinates for the squares on the chessboard and the value of certain pieces such as pawns, bishops, rooks, and queens. Recently, their mini tournaments have become closely contested with many of the class already able to identify not only possible moves, but the best possible moves in different scenarios. As you can see from the photos this requires great concentration.

The children have also been keen to point out how closely chess is linked to our Preston Curriculum values. After a quick discussion with their table partners here are some of their observations:

 It encourages resilience, as you have to learn to cope with the disappointment of a sudden defeat when you thought you were winning. As a class, we are learning to never give up as each game improves our awareness of the consequences of different moves.

Our teamwork skills are tested when we are watching a match, as we have to respect the two players and keep quiet even though we might feel they are making an unwise move.

We also need to be a responsible team to make sure that we pack away carefully so that the chess pieces are ready to be used by another class.

We use our critical thinking skills to question our planned moves rather than assuming that capturing a piece is the best move. We need to consider whether it is better to sacrifice a lower value piece in order to capture a higher value piece from our opponent. The class are learning, ‘When you see a good move, look for a better one.’ – Dominic Lawson

It is great to see the class understand that chess encourages them to be independent thinkers when they play as only they can decide their next move and plan their strategy.

In this section

Events Calendar

Privacy Policy

We regard your privacy as important and any personal information you give to us will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulations.

We do not store personal information about individuals who visit this site except where they provide contact information via our contact us page and contact forms available on various pages throughout the website.

Any information you provide will only be used for the reasons specified and it will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Your contact details are kept securely and are only accessed by authorised members of staff as part of the provision of school services. If you do not wish us to keep this contact information please tell us.

This website uses Google Analytics which provides statistical data about the usage of the site. This information is not used to identify individuals, but is collected to provide us with an understanding of the areas of interest on our site and how our site is being used.

If you are connected to the internet you will have an IP Address. This may take the form of a figure, such as 333.333.22.1. The address will be automatically collected and logged as part of the connection of your computer to our web server and may be used to determine the total number of visits to each part of the site. This data is not collected and used for other purposes.

This website contains links to other websites. The School is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or organisations and recommends you consult the privacy information on those sites.

This policy will be reviewed and updated versions will be posted on the website.

If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner is the independent regulator for both Data Protection and Freedom of Information.