The first of my three scheduled visits to Sunderland's Broadway Junior School took place today and I had the pleasure of meeting the two new classes of Year 4s.
Prior to today, my most recent visit had been back in April, when I worked with last year's Year 4s for the third and final time.
Long-term chess supporter and Year 4 teacher Lisa Hastie had already taught the new students half of the pieces and we were able to examine two more during my time there today.
It was a good day to be involved in an indoor activity, as the remains of Hurricane Ophelia had turned day into night with a sinister surfeit of Sahara sand.
|Concentration is required while moving around the room like a chess piece|
|Two brave volunteers demonstrate the Queen vs. Pawns mini-game|
|Suddenly everyone is playing|
|Make way for the Queen of Chess!|
|Lots of questions from attentive students|
|Two more volunteers for a mini-game|
|I wonder who won?|
|The pain of defeat and the joy of victory|
Thank you, Broadway!