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Using Chess to Develop Pupils’ Thinking Skills
Ross Harris and Mark Newman from the Ulster Chess Union with Stranmillis staff and students and pupils from Strandtown PS.
Ross Harris and Mark Newman from the Ulster Chess Union with Stranmillis staff and students and pupils from Strandtown PS.

Students at Stranmillis University College have been working with the Ulster Chess Union to develop chess clubs in our primary schools.

In addition to looking at teaching strategies and resources, the students have been focusing on how to develop thinking skills and strategic thought through chess. Research recognises that when children are playing chess they are developing the computational thinking skills of problem solving, creative thinking and pattern recognition. Additionally, children learn sportsmanship, how to be calm under pressure and patience.

The Ulster Chess Union (UCU) have been challenging both staff and students through upskilling games, and thanks to the generosity of the UCU in supplying chess sets to the College, the students are now in the position to bring this thought provoking game into our schools. The Stranmillis students will be undertaking this work as part of their accreditation for the International Association of STEM Leadership.

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