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Chess classes take place in Junior School during one lunchtime each week. Chess has long been regarded as a pursuit that can benefit learning and development. There have been countless studies and research undertaken that prove the benefits of playing chess, particularly when played from primary years.
These benefits include:
- the development of analytical and decision making skills, which can be transferred to real life
- the development of higher order thinking skills, analysis of actions and consequences, and the ability to visualise future possibilities
- promoting deep and thorough research skills
- building confidence
- providing insight into the nature of competition, which will help in any competitive environment
- recognition of complex patterns
- improvement in concentration
In a world that is increasingly driven by technology, chess is another way that children can be challenged mentally. It is an entertaining and engaging way to help growth and development, as well as confidence and self-esteem.