ScratchMaths Challenge 2016

This summer term we set our Wave 1 schools a challenge after they had completed the Y5 modules, which required pupils to use everything they had learned in their ScratchMaths lessons to date to build one final Scratch project (for details see below). All Wave 1 schools were able to submit one entry per class and we received many highly creative projects which reflected the high level of programming and mathematical skills many pupils had gained through our intervention.

The Challenge

The primary computing curriculum states one of its key goals is to enable pupils “to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world”. With this in mind the challenge we set was to imagine how you could change the world for the better using your computational thinking and creativity skills, and then to build an interactive story in Scratch that communicates your idea to others.

The Judging

The judging panel consisted of Professor Richard Noss, Professor Dame Celia Hoyles and Professor Ivan Kalas, who had a tough task to pick the winning entry. They specifically look at the creativity of the story idea, the level of programming skills demonstrated, the mathematical connections made and also the execution of the story when making their decision. Below are the projects that they chose as the winning and highly commended entries.


The Winner

Congratulations to Fraser Brown from Broadclyst Primary School and his teacher Mr Hakes who was selected as the overall winner of the ScratchMaths Challenge 2016.

The judges particularly liked the brilliant video documentation and also the creative and sophisticated way in which Fraser had extended his ScratchMaths work.

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Fraser’s story was entitled Lord Nano of Nanoland and was built about two morals – no boasting and don’t be mean. Below you can watch his accompanying video which tells you more about his experience of building this project.


Highly Commended

Well done to the following pupils who also really impressed the judges with their entries and were awarded highly commended:

Alex Rowe from St John’s CofE Primary School and his teacher Ms David.

Alex’s story was entitled Launch into Darkness and was about a team of astronauts searching for life out in the solar system. The judges particularly liked the accompanying written document (see link below) which was well thought through and presented, and which highlighted the excellent mathematical thinking that had gone into the project.

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Read more about the Launch into Darkness project here


Aaron Racknell and Max Bradley from Westover Green Community School and their teacher Ms Durant.

Aaron and Max’s story was about what would happen if the world ended. The judges particularly liked the story script and the approach they chose in order to implement this.

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Read more about the end of the world project here


Josie Simpson and Leah Turner from Burley Oaks Primary School and their teacher Mr Sells.

Josie and Leah’s story was entitled The Helping House and was about a house that can help with things a disabled person might not be able to do on their own. The judges particularly liked the whole idea behind the project which was really thoughtful and demonstrated great social awareness.

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Read more about the Helping House project here


Raphael Huddy and Finlay Kingston from St. Benedict’s CofE VA Junior School and their teacher Ms Brown.

Raphael’s and Finlay’s story was entitled Legend of Turtle and was about the adventures of Chris le Turtle. The judges particularly liked the well written accompanying document (see link below) which gave a good presentation of their programmatical thinking as well as their sophisticated approach which used branching flow.

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Read more about the Legend of Turtle project here