Today brought the fifth and final training day in our special series at Park End Primary School.
Over the course of the five days we have worked with virtually every member of staff. A unique project, instigated by Deputy Head Julia Rodwell, immediately establishing extremely strong chess roots all across the school.
Rumour had it that Park End had saved the best students until the final session. Was it true? Well, look; I don't want to start any trouble...
|Mini-games with pawns|
|Deep thinking from the very start|
|A volunteer moves like a Bishop!|
|Diagonals only, please|
|Enjoying the strength of the dangerous Rook|
|A tough mini-game|
|Moving like a Rook. Keep those lines straight!|
|The Queen joins the fun|
|Moving majestically around the room|
|The afternoon brought the toughest pieces|
|Knight mini-games demand great concentration|
|Castling by both sides! These students are great|
|Still concentrating - several hours later!|
Meanwhile, the feedback has all been very positive indeed, including these quotes from Julia:
'They have loved it! I am amazed by their enthusiasm.'
'One of our staff told me it has been the best training day they have ever been on!'
Mind you, one of today's students came out with the classic line:
'It's just like bingo!'