Across the whole school, pupils of Blue Coat enjoyed celebrating the wonder that is circles on Pi Day, March 14th, written as 3.14 (the American way). This special number was an incredible discovery and has been in use for over 250 years. The symbol was introduced by William Jones, a Welsh mathematician in 1706, and made popular by the mathematician Leonhard Euler.
From bracelets to paper chains, to Ratios and Pythagoras, Nursery through to Year 6, pupils took part in this special annual celebration through some creative tasks and investigations delving into some wonderful explorations about Pi.
Challenge yourself: Learn the first 100 digits of Pi by heart!
In Pre-Prep, we celebrated Pi Day with a range of practical, engaging activities. Nursery focused on circles and worked collaboratively within their classes to create a group picture.
Pupil voice from Nursery included the following statements:
“We painted circles for Pi Day.”
“Pi day is celebrated on the same date every year.”
Reception looked at the work of the artist Kandinsky and produced stunning pictures using oil pastels.
Here are some comments that the children in Reception made about the work they focused on:
“We have been learning about the magic of circles. I could see lots of circles in the Art by Kandinsky. There was one black circle and one which looked like the sun.” Amrita H
“We have learned that circles are a special shape. You can see them everywhere! We have been finding circles in nature and made some Kandinsky circles. There was a red circle hiding on a pink square.” Joe B
“We have learnt that Kandinsky used shapes, lines and different colours to make his pictures. We learnt concentric circles can make nice pictures”. Hannah M
“That the circles are round and the circles are inside each other. That makes a Kandinsky picture”. Roshan D
Year 1 were really excited about the wrist bands they made by threading beads onto a pipe cleaner. They had to ensure that they represented each number in Pi by using a different set of coloured beads. This is what some of the children expressed about the activity:
“I liked this activity because we could use different colours to help us remember the numbers.” Sebastian S
“I enjoyed threading the beads when we made our Pi bracelets. It was fun! Savaiya D
“We have been learning about the number Pi. We read the story Sir Cumference and the Pi Dragon and it was very funny. We have found out the number Pi begins with 3 and then you use a decimal point with lots of numbers after it. I enjoyed creating a picture about what Pi is.” Arya K
“We have been learning about the Pi symbol and what Pi is. We use Pi for measuring circles. I enjoyed counting the beads and making a band!” Ethan Z
“This is the best maths lesson ever. I have made a beautiful circular bracelet.” Azalea S
“I enjoyed learning what the circumference and the diameter of a circle is. I was amazed that no matter what the size of the circle the number is always the same.” Noah H
Year 2 worked in small groups to make paper chains. They began by choosing a colour for each digit in Pi (including 0). They then inserted the names of their chosen colours into a table. Finally, the children created their paper chains by linking the correct strips together to make a visual representation of Pi.
Comments from the children included:
“I really liked beating the clock to make a Pi paper chain, to show the number 3.14 and so on!” Sophia C
It was really fun creating a Pi paper chain under pressure!” Peter C
All the children thoroughly enjoyed their learning; a fun, educational lesson was had by all!