Children will benefit most from more play, exploration and creativity, rather than trying to cram in extra hours of maths and grammar, writes Mary Gildea, while Jane Ichajapanich thinks schools should offer exam-free courses over the summer
Why this panic about children catching up with lost learning (Letters, 3 June)? I have worked as a private tutor for over 23 years and, yes, I can see the gaps in children’s knowledge since the pandemic. But I can also see that children will benefit most from more play, exploration and creativity, whether that be from school trips, school plays, music, drama and art, rather than trying to squeeze extra hours of maths and formal grammar into their tired brains. Children can only learn properly when they’re happy.
If we can cater for their emotional needs, they will catch up in their own time. Life and learning go way beyond the school curriculum. Education shouldn’t be about filling buckets, it’s about lighting fires. Let’s try to be more positive and inventive about this.