2012 is the centenary of Alan Turing's birth, and as part of our celebrations our NRICH project has a special focus this month on codes and ciphers, with engaging mathematical activities for Key Stages 1 right through to 5 (ages 5 to 18).
Turing's astonishing achievements included his work during the Second World War at Bletchley Park on breaking the Enigma cipher. The NRICH code and cipher activities have been developed in collaboration with Dr James Grime, our Enigma Project Officer, who visits schools and public events with a genuine Enigma cipher machine (on loan from Simon Singh) to give talks and run hands-on workshops on the maths of cryptography and codebreaking through history.
Find all the free codes and cipher resources on the NRICH website, recently singled out as 'the best free website' for educational maths resources by The Times. You can also discover more about Turing's work with these articles from Plus, our free online maths magazine.