14 Mar, 2019
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On March 14, students throughout Yew Chung International School of Beijing were busy celebrating Pi Day, the annual global celebration of mathematics. Named after the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 because the number pi begins with 3.14, which resembles this date.
Our students from years 1 – 12 had lots of fun on Pi Day, coming to school in their house colours to compete in maths centred challenges and enjoy a taste of maths sprinkled throughout all the day’s lessons. Primary school students, years 1-4, spent the morning taking part in maths challenges devised along age appropriate themes for each of their years, including:
Our secondary school students’ maths challenges began at lunch time for year 5 students, with years 6-12 joining in after lunch. The secondary school Mathematics Department had year 12 students host the afternoon’s competitions, using their fifth period to set up an array of logic and strategy games, along with hands on maths puzzles in the auditorium.
Following our Pi Day festivities, YCIS Beijing’s Primary School Learning and Teaching Co-ordinator, Devreaux Poole shared a few tips for parents to incorporate mathematics fun into their children’s lives outside school.
While our students had a ball during Pi Day, maths is central to life at YCIS Beijing every day. We pride ourselves on the strength of our maths programme. Our diverse teaching staff and commitment to truly bilingual and bicultural education allows us to provide students with a multi-faceted approach to maths, all underpinned by a shared common core of methods and strategies. We also work to reach students in the language that they best understand, to prevent their English proficiency from impacting their maths lessons.