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Year 2 maths: what your child learns

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Your guide to what’s covered in the maths curriculum in Year 2, from partitioning to pictograms.

As in Year 1, there’s still a lot of practical and visual learning in maths, using real-life situations children can relate to. The children are learning to think about the methods they use to solve problems, and to check if they are correct. They will start to work with logic problems, and will be recording their results using lists and tables. They will also start to work on solving maths problems mentally.

You may find the children revisiting topics they covered in Reception or Year 1. This is revision in preparation for KS1 SATs, but also to ensure that children have really understood the basics before they move into Key Stage 2. The maths your child is learning now can be easily reinforced at home.

Year 2 maths – your child will be:

Number and place value

  • Counting in steps of 2, 3 and 5
  • Putting the numbers one to 100 in the correct order
  • Using < and > symbols
  • Recognising the place value of each digit in a two-digit number



  • Finding 1/3, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of a shape or quantity


  • Using appropriate units to measure length, weight and capacity
  • Combining amounts of money to make a particular value
  • Working out how much change to give
  • Tell the time to five minutes, including quarter to / past the hour



Try this at home

  • Play cards – take out the Kings, Queens and Jacks and then try to turn over two cards that add up to ten. You can play a similar game with dominoes, counting the spots
  • Point out odd and even numbers on houses when you go out
  • Get your child to add up the numbers on car number plates or buses
  • Build a tower – blocks are perfect for talking about size and shape
  • When you’re cutting a cake or pizza, talk about halves and quarters
  • Encourage your child to spot the different shapes you can see on the way to school

Boost your child's confidence with regular at home practice – look through our Year 2 maths worksheets (including our Year 2 mental maths mini-test) to find activities to mirror what is being learnt in the classroom and make KS1 maths concepts come to life with practical maths suggestions from a KS1 teacher.

Check your Y2 child's progress in maths with our free Y2 maths Progress checks, three mini-tests for autumn, spring and summer term.

Explore the Year 2 English and Maths Learning Journey programmes.

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