The 2014 National Curriculum says:
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
What is journaling? Maybe your child has talked about ‘journaling’ or you may have noticed your child drawing Maths for fun. Journaling is an integral part of each Maths lessons and is an opportunity for each child to independently explore and record their own learning and understanding of Maths for that day. This may range from ‘How many ways can I show the number 7?’ in Year 1 to ‘Which method works best for me when solving this problem?’ in Year 6.
Journaling allows each child to create their own links between the practical resources we use in class and the abstract representations of mathematical concepts. Encouraging children to visualise and draw their own understanding is essential, as well as developing their use of mathematical vocabulary when reasoning and explaining their understanding.