ScratchMaths project leads Richard Noss and Celia Hoyles were in Devon last week visiting our Y5 challenge winning school – Broadclyst Community Primary School. They were hosted by the ScratchMaths local coordinator for Devon Dr Ruth Trundley and Year 5 teacher Anthony Lees, and had the opportunity to tour the school as well as observe ScratchMaths lessons taking place both in Years 5 and 6.
Anthony highlighted how the ScratchMaths curriculum had been benefitting their school, explaining that it is “enabling us to work efficiently to deliver both mathematics investigative learning as well as coding in a way that matches suitable levels of scaffold and challenge in both disciplines. The pupils engage well with the work, which prompts them to really apply their factual knowledge of properties of shape, space, angle, measure particularly, in a new context, and this fits well with our project based, 21st Century skills orientated curriculum.”
Afterwards Ruth commented on the interesting conversations she had with some of the pupils during the lessons – “we had a great discussion looking at the detail within the script and how changing the order of ‘move’ and ‘turn’ changed the resulting picture, and [another pupil] noticed a different way to identify the coordinates of a sprite and volunteered this information as ‘an easier way’.”
At the end of the day everyone attended a prizing-giving ceremony in the Year 6 lecture theatre, hosted by the deputy head David James, to present the ScratchMaths Challenge prize to Fraser Brown, who had designed and built the winning project. During the prize presentation Celia and Richard mentioned how much they had liked the project story, its excellent morals and creative use of music. They also commended Fraser on the number of mathematical links he had made (variable, movement, graphics) and noted how they had particularly liked the brilliant video documentation. They look forward to seeing how Fraser and all the pupils in Broadclyst will get on with the upcoming Y6 ScratchMaths modules.
Left: Prize presentation in Y6 lecture theatre. Right: Dame Professor Celia Hoyles, Professor Richard Noss and Dr Ruth Trundley with winning pupil Fraser Brown.