5 Schools Johannesburg West Rand



Mrs. Chauke reports that her learners started gaining more self-confidence as they touch the chess pieces and play on the magnetic demonstration chessboard. Mrs. Chauke uses the demonstration chessboard on a daily basis in math, and reports that it also helps in their English language lessons (especially when learning the English chess concepts i.e. file, rank, diagonal, vertical etc.). Mrs. Chauke thanks TSMFL for the engagement with the school because this helps her in many ways.



“Since I have been doing this programme, my learners are improving as they get engaged by touching and doing on workbooks. They are not bored as they are always thinking that they are playing chess yet they are learning. Most of them don’t like Maths. When they do the programme, they think they are playing chess yet they are doing the same thing they hate. When doing Chessboard we covered length, perimeter, area and counting” – Dikeledi Mashego



“MMK really presents the learners with an opportunity to learn through playing and it encourages the teachers to think outside the box in teaching the learning using MasterMoves Kids.” – 1 Educator Ms. Hazel Nimely



Grade 1 Educator Ms. Rabidola reported that her remedial learners have shown progress and were impacted positively by the work they completed so far; they can now differentiate between different shapes and colours, and show a significant improvement in their fine motor skills.

Grade 2 learner Siphiwo Moreki in Mrs. Moeketsi’s class usually doesn’t participate in class. However, in a MasterMoves Kids activity integrated with number bonds, he came up with different and creative ways of forming number bonds besides what the Ms. Moeketsi showed them, mastering rational counting at the same time.

The Gr.3 learners of Ms. Mmusi’s class excelled in the MasterMoves Kids activity of building 3D shapes. Ms. Mmusi was excited to see the remedial learners also participating and contributing to the class activity, boosted by doing something well by themselves. She reports that this activity not only accommodates learners who are good in math but also covers life skills. This was exciting as the remedial learners, like Mbali, could participate and improve their life skills i.e. gain more self-confidence.



Grade 3 learner Jenni-Lee Kleinsmit from Mrs. Webster’s class used to struggle with reading and math. During MasterMoves Kids and chess lessons she could read the name of the pieces, name them and complete the TSMFL worksheets. Mrs. Webster says Jenni-Lee is a shy, remedial learner but is very intrigued by Chess and when it’s time for MasterMoves Kids or Chess she gets excited and very involved.

Although Gr.3 learner Tazmia Phillips is strong academically, she is very shy and tends to keep quiet in class. However, every time the MMK informal board work exercises are done, her eyes would light up and she gets very excited. Her self-confidence has shown much improvement by the fun learning activities of MMK done in class.



“Nkanyezi and Ofentse worked very hard. They improved with the activities in chess. They learned data handling, geometric patterns, diagonal, word sums. The Moves for Life taught them a lot of the Mathematical concepts. Since I started teaching [the programme], I learned about chess and the Moves for Life. The practical work on chessboard and the moves diagonal, horizontal etc. and the counting open a new world of understanding for me and the kids. Using the magnetic shapes, calling them, Nkanyezi who was failing did excellent in improving. So did Ofentse.” – Ms. Bouwer, Gr.3



Maths used to be an abstract concept for the Gr.1 learners in Mrs. Pieters’s class, especially for the learners coming from rural areas. However, the integration and use of MasterMoves Kids in her lessons helped Mrs. Pieters’s learners visualize math and find it practical. Most of her learners now understand most math concepts.


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