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The Beauty of Maths | Reflection on maths week

17 Nov 2021



Mathematics possesses not only truth but supreme beauty - a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature.
- Bertrand Russel



This year's theme for maths week is "The Beauty of Maths". We arranged four engaging maths activities for our junior high pupils to explore the beauty of maths.

Beauty of Shapes

Pupils learned about the fractal, a most usual geomatic pattern, and used what they learned to illustrate fascinating fractal shapes.

Beauty of Numbers

From classical games like Sudoku, number sequence and 24-points, the logic and elegance of numbers emerged and amazed our pupils thoroughly.

Beauty of Conversion

It is essential to understand “conversion”, a necessary maths concept. Pupils learned how to converse among binary, decimal and octal numbers, explored the principles and significance of conversions, and acknowledged maths’ pivotal role in computing and other areas.

Beauty of Reasoning

Maths reasoning is a core literacy in maths, which is necessary to form and train one’s logical thinking. Solving a puzzle with reasoning skills was such a brainstorming opportunity that allowed our pupils to rejoice in exchanging minds.


This year's maths week was both educational and entertaining. The topics in question were closely linked to our maths curriculum in junior high. For example, in learning the concept of the fractal,
  • We selected the patterns more suitable to our grade 7 pupils to build on their knowledge of triangle, square, fraction and ratio gained at primary school.

  • Grade 8 pupils worked on rotating patterns, allowing them to apply what they had learned in grade 7 about transforming, rotating, and scaling a design into practical use.

  • Grade 9 and 10 worked on the beautiful and classical pattern of the “Pythagoras tree”, which was also a significant element displayed on our maths week poster. It was based on the knowledge of grade 9 pupils on Pythagorean theorem and similar triangles and of grade 10 pupils on trigonometric functions.


The beauty of maths is beyond description. Mathematicians call unique solutions elegant, the idea and process of simplifying the complex, merit. They believe maths as a tool works to nurture aesthetic overview in science and engineering and social studies and philosophy. It is our sincere wish that Huili pupils have dived deep into the beauty of maths. Let us look forward to the maths week next year.


As the renowned artist, Rodin said, “Beauty is everywhere. It is not that she is lacking to our eye, but our eyes which fail to perceive her.” This year’s maths week was a great inspiration for our pupils to find the beauty of maths in every corner of our lives.

Display board presentation

– be the captain of your learning

Grades 5 and 6 pupils taught an outdoor class to grades 1 and 2 during the “Today I am a teacher” activity. They collected the materials independently in groups, explored and solved problems before presenting them on a display board for the class. Their delivery was vivid and entertaining. It was an opportunity for the pupils to extend their understanding of the textbook knowledge and enhance their in-depth learning, and an incredible chance to increase their confidence and maths expressions.


Catwalk show 

– to be a confident Huili pupil



On Monday, the maths assembly saw pupils walk in confidence on the catwalk wearing their self-designed caps and capes rich in maths contents, leaving a deep impression on the audience.

“I did not realise that maths can be so beautiful.”


“I feel like I am smarter wearing a cap with maths knowledge on it.”


“It took me a long time to design a maths cape, but I enjoyed it immensely. It was exciting to find one exact picture to match every knowledge point.”



Rubik’s cube

– interest-based learning

Confucius said, “They who know the truth are not equal to those who love it, and they who love it are not equal to those who delight in it.”

Rubik’s cube has had many captivated. They may think of it as a toy, but there is maths behind the magic. We hosted an exhilarating Rubic’s cube competition, where spectators were in awe to see how rapidly our pupils solved the cubes. Behind every seemingly bedazzling step is a recovery solution that leads to the final success, which requires players to realise the perfect coordination of their hands, eyes, and brains while using their memory and spatial imagination. It is another example of how we lead learning with interest at Huili.



24-points game

 – Game is a facilitator for maths


The House system is one of the distinguishable features of Huili schools. Pupils bond with each other in their Houses and establish a strong sense of community and belonging. For example, we held a 24-points game competition among Houses during the maths week, which sparked exciting exchanges of minds.

In Huili School Hangzhou, we adopt a differentiated teaching method that is pupil-centred and question-oriented. Our maths learning contains the learning of fundamental maths, experiential maths and maths in two languages:

  • Fundamental maths: Everything included in the compulsory education curriculum was covered in our fundamental maths.

  • Experiental maths: Pupils are allowed to conduct maths experiments during class, which helps to improve their ability to discover, analyse and solve problems and enhance their team spirit.

  • Bilingual maths: Bilingual maths is another feature of our maths teaching. We integrate quality international textbooks into our curriculum while part of the maths class is delivered in English, which increases as pupils grow older.