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Ballysillan PS Chess Club
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The introduction of chess coaching to the primary school curriculum will have major
implications for the teaching profession, continuous professional development initiatives,
pupil support, parental involvement and the role of the classroom assistant. Substantial
funding for chess development in primary schools could improve literacy, numeracy
and the confidence of pupils who require learning support. At one and the same time
this initiative will develop a facility for life long learning -
Aims of the E+ Programme: to assess the relationship between children's learning in general and chess tuition in particular; to assess the relationship between children's reading, other aspects of language and thinking skills and chess tuition; to identify the key characteristics of chess teaching in primary classroom setting; to identify the processes of networking at local, national and international, alongside the introduction of chess tuition; to assess how participating in an international project and to learn how to cooperate and work with other teams under E+ European Project can contribute to a more positive attitude towards the European projects and EU values; to identify the increased motivation for language learning for children whose English is not their first language; to assess how eTwinning and TwinSpace can be used in schools as an integrated use of ICT and tools that offers an increased motivation for language learning; to identify how through running a chess club in school can help teaching business studies for very young children; to assess how business studies taught at a very early age can improve levels of skills for employability and new business creation; to examine the relationship between children's chess tuition in school and parental support for study at home.
This E+ Programme aims to show the cognitive benefits that can be acquired by even very young children when they are taught how to play chess. Several research support the educational benefits of chess, so that by using chess and other logical games as a component of maths instruction, the learning effect is multiplied. We use logical games to tackle under achievement in schools, which based on the recent PISA studies, all participating countries in this programme are in need.