The ScratchMaths project has formed a partnership with 4 leading London primary schools who have all been keen to engage and have an impact on this innovative approach to the new computing curriculum. Teachers from these schools have attended several design sessions at the London Knowledge Lab led by members of the UCL IOE team. These sessions have resulted in initial versions of the ScratchMaths teaching materials, which are currently being piloted and further refined in Year 5 and 6 computing classes at each of the different design schools.
The design schools include:
Granton Primary School is a community school in Streatham, in the London borough of Lambeth. Monique Darrell the KS2 computing coordinator has been participating in the project and during the London launch event she commented:
“It’s been brilliant coming in for the CPDs and working with the team and sharing our knowledge. (The team) are sharing their mathematical and computer science knowledge and we are sharing our expertise being based in the classroom. And we’ve created some really good work. The plans that the team created for the Y5 class I am working with are absolutely amazing. It’s not just about computer science or maths, there’s that cross-curricular link, which is key in the curriculum. Its something that Ofsted looks for. How are you going to embed this across the whole curriculum, not just discretely.”
Torriano Junior School is a community school in Kentish Town, in the London borough of Camden. Year 6 teachers Justin Bioletti and Conor Loughney have been participating in the project. During the London launch event Conor commented:
“It’s not just coding and maths, there are opportunities to move into lots of different subjects. It’s a new way of publishing; telling stories through your sprite for English, the possibilities are endless.”
Eleanor Palmer Primary School is a community school in Kentish Town, in the London borough of Camden. Year 5/6 teacher Craig Cairns has been participating in the project, he talks about his aspirations for the project below.
Hill Mead Primary School is a community school in Brixton, in the London borough of Lambeth. Teachers Gemma-Louise Blair and Beccy Doak have been participating in the project.