Course description

Teaching Chess in Primary Schools

This course on teaching chess in primary schools is aimed at both teachers who know how to play chess and those who do not. Recent research in a number of countries has shown that regular chess practice results in increased scores in literacy and numeracy.

The course will teach all participants how to

  •          play chess and the best methods of teaching primary school children the rules using a fun, games-based approach
  •          utilise chess as an additional resource in teaching both literacy and numeracy in the mainstream and special education classroom
  •          organise a school chess club, school chess team and chess competitions
  •          Soft-copy resources will be provided to participants also which can be used by teachers to teach chess in the classroom or as part of a school chess club

This course has been successfully run in Kildare, Dublin, Meath, Laois and Waterford. The course is fun, hands-on with little or no note-taking as all resources are provided digitally.

Testimonials from previous chess summer course participants:

  •          “Game of chess broken down into simplified steps.”
  •          “It is a super resource for teaching problem solving and enhancing critical thinking.”
  •          “I was surprised how much fun the it was and I had never played chess before!” 
  •          “Chess demystified!”
  •          “Part of school self-evaluation steps for problem solving”
  •          “The skills and strategies taught on this course will easily transcend from the challenges of the game of chess to the classroom and the teaching and learning of literacy and numeracy.”

Chess Summer Course will also be delivered in Little Island School by Liam Murray co-founder of Ficheall Bunscoile Chorcaí.



Before you finalise payment for your course, please note the following:


All our summer courses are booked on the condition that the course fee is non-refundable. Course Fees are not transferrable to another teacher. Unfortunately, if you wish to cancel your place on one of our courses or you are unable to attend the course, we are not in a position to refund fees.


In the event that the minimum number of participants required do not apply then the Centre will be obliged to cancel the course and all monies will be refunded in full.

Category Summer Courses
Date Monday 02 July 2018 - Friday 06 July 2018
Time 9.30 to 14.00
Presenters Damien Fallon
Code 18-335 lc sc
Fee €50.00
Venue Killavullen NS, Mallow
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