Students focus on infinity for Pi Day
Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.
Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to calculate more and more digits.
To celebrate Pi Day, students of all ages worked together to produce a Pi number paper chains, with them attempting to work out the longest number they could, one digit for each link in the chain. The paper chains were all measured in the sports hall, with the winning chain stretching across the hall three times!
Students also worked on Pi themed games and activities during their maths lessons throughout the day.
This event was part of a series of activities that have taken place at the Academy this term, focusing on Literacy and Numeracy. Earlier in the month, students celebrated World Book Day, where Student Leaders organised a book swap, a Year 7 spelling bee competition and a character quiz, members of staff also arrived at work dressed as their favourite story book characters.
University Academy Keighley Student Eric Beaumont vowed to run 13.1 miles for Comic Relief.
The 14 year old , who is also prominent in the Keighley & Craven Athletics Club’s Juniors, and a keen fell runner asked to take on this task, not only to raise money but to challenge himself physically too. The Half Marathon was a significant target for the youngster as official Half Marathons are not open to under 16’s. This was something Eric was keen to accomplish as it was a personal challenge for him.
A fundraising page has been set up for donations to Comic Relief please show your support for this brilliant challenge by sponsoring Eric here https://my.rednoseday.com/sponsor/uakhalf
Eric who was accompanied by Mr Dring and Mr Dudley with additional support from Mr White, undertook the 13.1 miles on the Academy track then joined the canal towpath, running to Bingley and back! He accomplished the 13.1 miles in just 1 hour and 58 minutes and was welcomed back by fellow students for a lap of honour.
Changes to the GCSE Grading System
2017 sees a significant change in the way some GCSE subjects are graded. For Year 11 students in English and Maths, and for Year 10 students in all subjects, students will now be awarded grades 1-9 , 1 being the lowest and 9 being the highest. Whilst these new grades don’t fully compare to the old A*-G grades, grades 7-9 cover what was roughly the old A*-A grades, grades 4-6 cover the old B-C grades and grades 1-3 cover the old D-G grades. A good pass, like the old C grade, is now set at a Grade 5.
The diagram below outlines how the new grades match against the old GCSE grading system. If you need any further clarification about what your child’s grades mean, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Here at the Academy we celebrated 20 years of World Book Day, with quizzes and competitions, with some guest characters visiting for the day too. Thank you to everyone who took part.
We had over 50 entries for the Book Character Quiz our all correct answers were entered in to a draw and the winners were: Alisha Amin, Bilaal Khan and Mohammed Shah.
Winners of the Book Cover Design competition were: 1st Aziz Ali, 2nd Aneesa Khan and 3rd Zameer Hussain. Saveira Iqbal received a special mention for her funny book cover and our runners up were: Zaib Ulnisa, Sobia Ramzan, Alyan Ibrar, Laibah Saddique and Aishah Rashad.