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Online Teacher CPD: Turtlestitch


Online teacher CPD: using Turtlestitch to teach

key stage 2 computing and maths

Delivered by: Helen Luckhurst PGCE

Online teacher training (free of charge)

Location: Online
Suitable for:

Teachers of key stage 2 maths or computing,

and subject leaders.

Duration: 1 hour

Session aims

Participants will...

...begin to use Turtlestitch to write programs. Understand its links to the key stage 2 computing curriculum.

…begin to use Turtlestitch and WMG resources for maths. Understand their links to the years 5 & 6 maths curriculum.

...consider how to record or display children's work done on Turtlestitch.


Turtlestitch is a free, easy-to-use platform found at Using block-based code similar to Scratch and Snap!, it is designed for writing programs to control embroidery machines, but you don't need an embroidery machine in school to get a lot of fun learning from it. It is particularly useful for cross-curricular learning in computing and maths. Using WMG's free maths resources, year 5 and 6 children can apply their understanding in topics such as measure, geometry, division, and position and direction to create patterns onscreen.

In this free, interactive online teacher training session, you'll be introduced to the basics of programming on Turtlestitch, and then we will focus on how to use it as a fun tool for learning in maths. This approach has been developed by a qualified primary school teacher and used in WMG's outreach workshops in schools.

No prior experience in programming is needed to participate in this training. Following the session, teachers will be able to continue familiarising themselves with Turtlestitch using our free video tutorials, which are suitable for complete beginners.

Upcoming sessions

Sessions to be arranged in summer term 2021 for schools involved with the City of Culture project, Stitch in Time.

To book a place on one of the above sessions, please fill in this form. Joining instructions will be sent with your booking confirmation email. If these times are not suitable for you, or you would like to book training for a group of teachers, please select the 'bespoke session' option and give details of your requirements.