The national curriculum for maths at KS1 number requires far too much from teachers and children. If the programme of study for using and applying was allowed to develop and less "drill for skill" in sums was encouraged, children would have time to become numerate. Sadly, pressures on infant teachers to get to level 3 (or even level 4) are depriving the majority of young children of the enjoyment of numbers.
We need less "recovery" and better foundation-laying.
DR JULIA MATTHEWS 50 Sydney Road Bexleyheath Kent