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Go for thinking skills

I have been using the Japanese game of Go for some time. A board game of skill and strategy, Go is considered to be the most intellectually challenging of all board games and is the national game of Japan. It is probably more than 3,000 years old. Yuki Shigeno, a professional Go player from Japan, has visited us twice. She made a short presentation about Japanese culture and taught some students and staff how to play the game.

The visit was a highlight of a project which aims to introduce thinking skills into the school to improve both teaching and learning.

One of our students, who learned to play at the school three years ago, has recently won the British under-16 Go championship and is current leader in the youth grand prix event.

There is some evidence that board games help students to improve their behaviour, and Japanese research points to such benefits as better academic results. The game involves proverbs that are applicable to life, and I believe they help to enhance self-esteem and relationships.

To find out more about Go, contact Peter Wendes, British Go Association schools liaison officer.Tel: 02392 267648For further information on this project, Email:

France Ellul, teacher at The Wycombe Grange (PRU), Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

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