...that would mean they would need to (a) Pupils use their understanding of place value to multiply and divide whole numbers by 10 or 100. In solving number problems, pupils use a range of mental methods of computation with the four operations, including mental recall of multiplication facts up to 10 x 10 and quick derivation of corresponding division facts. They use efficient written methods of addition and subtraction and of short multiplication and division. They add and subtract decimals to two places and order decimals to three places. In solving problems with or without a calculator, pupils check the reasonableness of their results by reference to their knowledge of the context or to the size of the numbers. They recognise approximate proportions of a whole and use simple fractions and percentages to describe these. Pupils recognise and describe number patterns, and relationships including multiple, factor and square. They begin to use simple formulae expressed in words. Pupils use and interpret coordinates in the first quadrant. (b) Pupils make 3D mathematical models by linking given faces or edges, draw common 2D shapes in different orientations on grids. They reflect simple shapes in a mirror line. They choose and use appropriate units and instruments, interpreting, with appropriate accuracy, numbers on a range of measuring instruments. They find perimeters of simple shapes and find areas by counting squares. (c) Pupils collect discrete data and record them using a frequency table. They understand and use the mode and range to describe sets of data. They group data, where appropriate, in equal class intervals, represent collected data in frequency diagrams and interpret such diagrams. They construct and interpret simple line graphs. These are the KS2 NC targets for L4. And that is the target for pupils to achieve when completing KS2, i.e. primary school. Or can we take it that the statements issued with regard to the issue are lies? Over the last eight years, the number of people with the numeracy skills of a primary school pupil has increased from 15 million to 17 million. It now equates to some 49 per cent of all 16- to 65-year-olds, figures show. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/maths-reform/9115665/Numeracy-Campaign-17m-adults-struggle-with-primary-school-maths.html I for one would like to see the data gathered, the questions used (in particular) and how the survey was carried out. I'll go further. The BBC website asked people to test their maths ability by trying several questions. The first was: Q1. To clean a work surface, how much bleach is needed in half a litre of water? CONCENTRATED BLEACH Use diluted - for work surfaces and basins (40ml bleach in five litres water) - for bleaching whites (20ml bleach in five litres water) - Soak for no longer than 45 minutes, rinse thoroughly A) 2ml B) 2.5ml C) 4ml D) 20ml http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9701000/9701303.stm Given that it is meant to see whether you are better than primary level maths, shouldn't the L5 questions on a recent SATs paper be harder. Well, I''ve looked through the 2010 papers and 2009 papers and nothing requires as much interpretation as the above question. The last question on the 2010 paper asked: Here are two bags of marbles A and B Each bag contains blue marbles and red marbles only. A has 3 blue marbles and 3 red marbles B has 6 blue marbles and 9 red marbles (the paper has a diagram of 2 two bags labelled A & B) Liam chooses a marble from each bag without looking. From which bag is he more likely to choose a blue marble. Circle A or B (a graphic has A / B) Explain how you know. http://www.emaths.co.uk/SAT%20PAPERS/KS2%20SAT%20Papers/KS2%20Mathematics/Mathematics%20KS2%20SAT%202010/KS2%20SAT%202009%20Mathematics%20Paper%20B.PDF Now excuse me, but if you want to see what ability adults have with regard to either secondary or primary pupils, give them all the same damn questions! To my mind this is another damn LETS HIT THE TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS AT SCHOOL series of articles. Again and again they miss the point that mathematics isn't purely arithmetic. I'm getting a little sick of it personally.