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Here’s the big idea. Maths is difficult in part because of the language in which it is expressed. Can we find a different language – and set of ideas and approaches - that is more open, more accessible and more learnable. And can we find it without sacrificing what makes mathematics work? Our tentative answer is 'yes' – the language of programming might – if we design it right – be just such a language.

ScratchMaths is a two-year computing and mathematics-based curriculum for Key Stage 2 pupils (Years 5 and 6). Its aim is to enable pupils to engage with and explore important mathematical ideas through learning to program. We are using the free online programming environment Scratch.

The ScratchMaths curriculum has been designed and trialled by a team based at the UCL Knowledge Lab in London, England in conjunction with primary teachers and is currently being used in over 50 schools across England. 

The set of resources developed through this process are now freely available to download via our Curriculum Materials page.

The project was funded by the Education Endowment Foundation.

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