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What your child learns in Key Stage 2 maths

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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.
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During KS2 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 12. 

What your child will learn in KS2 maths:

  • All the times tables up to 12x12
  • Add, subtract, divide and multiply numbers of up to four digits
  • Know equivalents between decimals, fractions and percentages
  • Basic algebra (taught in Year 6 from September 2015)
  • Problems involving decimals, fractions and percentages
  • Use of brackets, including BODMAS
  • Calculate the sum of angles around a point, on a straight line and (only in Year 6 from 2015) in a triangle and quadrilateral
  • Visualise and describe 2D and 3D shapes