What your child learns in Key Stage 2 maths

Girl working on maths problem with teacher
Think maths involves just adding, subtracting and times tables? Think again. Here’s a rundown of all the things your child will be learning in years 3 to 6.

During KS2 the children become much more confident with maths: they are adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing, as well as doing mental calculations and solving problems using time, measure or money. By the end of year 6 the children should have a secure grasp of their times tables up to 10. Calculators are introduced during this Key Stage, and the children are taught how to use them correctly.

What your child will learn:

  • Order, partition and round numbers to three decimal places
  • Negative numbers
  • Prime numbers less than 100
  • Square numbers and roots
  • Problems involving decimals and fractions
  • Percentages
  • Divisions with remainders
  • Use of brackets
  • Read and plot coordinates
  • Measure and draw acute, obtuse and right angles
  • Calculate the sum of angles in a triangle
  • Calculate perimeter and area
  • Visualise and describe 2D and 3D shapes
  • Symmetry
  • Rotation, reflection and translation
  • Measure length, mass and capacity
  • Convert units of measurement
  • Tell the time from a 12- or 24-hour clock
  • Draw and interpret graphs, bar charts, pie charts and pictograms
  • Calculate the mean, median and mode average
  • Understand probability