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Year 2 Times Tables: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents

This explanation guide breaks down the topic of year 2 times tables into a series of steps for you to follow at home with your child. Each step contains suggestions for ideas, activities and games that your child can complete to help them learn their times tables. The information in this guide is based on the national curriculum for England.

How can this help my child’s learning?

This guide can be used to support your child when learning multiplication tables at home. Whether your child is just beginning to count in steps or is ready to complete multiplication problems, you will find a step that matches your child’s stage of learning with suggested activities and games to help them learn and progress further.

What times tables are taught in year 2?

In Year 2, children are taught the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. This guide will help you find strategies to support your child in learning all these time tables and setting them up to continue learning in Year 3. 

What maths skills should my child know by the end of year 2?

In year 2, children learn maths skills that range from recognising the place value of any two-digit number, recognising and using language of turns and adding together three, single-digit numbers quickly. They will recognise the links between 2D and 3D shapes, spotting the 2D ones within the surfaces of 3D shapes, begin to understand fractions and find fractions of amounts, plus work more confidently with money. Spending some time at home practising the maths skills that your child learns in school can help them to use them more confidently. This collection of guides has been put together to give you a huge variety of ideas to help you support your child on their learning journey. It includes clear flowcharts of what they will have learnt by the end of year 2 as well as steps to follow and activities to try when learning about each topic within the subject.

The information in these guides is based on the national curriculum for England.

How can I help my child at home?

These guides have been designed to help you support your child’s maths learning at home. Whether your child is only just beginning to explore certain skills, or is extremely comfortable with many aspects of maths and wants to find out more, you will find a step that matches where your child is at, as well as some ideas for where to go next.

What is covered by the maths national curriculum in year 2?

In the year 2 curriculum, children learn the key skills that form the basis of their maths education, including number and place value, shapes and measures. Practising these skills at home can be a great way to boost your child’s confidence and complement what they learn in the classroom.