Year 2 programme of study

Year 2 programme of study (statutory requirements)

Year 2: Number and Place Value

New Maths Curriculum (2014): Year 2 objectives.

Using materials and a range of representations, pupils should practise counting, reading, writing and comparing numbers to at least 100 and solving a variety of related problems to develop fluency. They should count in multiples of three to support their later understanding of a third.  

As they become more confident with numbers up to 100, pupils should be introduced to larger numbers to develop further their recognition of patterns within the number system and represent them in different ways, including spatial representations. 

Pupils should partition numbers in different ways (e.g. 23 = 20 + 3 and 23 = 10 + 13) to support subtraction. They become fluent and apply their knowledge of numbers to reason with, discuss and solve problems that emphasise the value of each digit in two-digit numbers. They begin to understand zero as a place holder. 

Year 2: Addition and Subtraction

New Maths Curriculum (2014): Year 2 objectives.

Pupils should extend their understanding of the language of addition and subtraction to include sum and difference.  

Pupils should practise addition and subtraction to 20 to become increasingly fluent in deriving facts such as using 3 + 7 = 10, 10 - 7 = 3 and 7 = 10 - 3 to calculate 30 + 70 = 100, 100 - 70 = 30 and 70 = 100 - 30. They should check their calculations, including by adding to check subtraction and adding numbers in a different order to check addition (e.g. 5 + 2 + 1 = 1 + 5 + 2 = 1 + 2 + 5). 

Recording addition and subtraction in columns supports place value and prepares for efficient written methods with larger numbers. 


Year 2: Multiplication and Division

New Maths Curriculum (2014): Year 2 objectives.

Pupils should use a variety of language to describe multiplication and division. They are taught multiplication and division with larger numbers through equal grouping and sharing out quantities, relating multiplication tables to arrays and repeated addition and finding more complex fractions of objects, numbers and quantities.

Pupils should be introduced to the multiplication tables. They should practise to become fluent in the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables and connect them to each other. They connect the 10 multiplication table to place value, and the 5 multiplication table to the divisions on the clock face. They begin to use other multiplication tables and recall multiplication facts, including using related division facts to perform written and mental calculations.  

Pupils should work with a range of materials and contexts in which multiplication and division relate to grouping and sharing discrete and continuous quantities, relating these to fractions and measures (e.g. 40 ÷ 2 = 20, 20 is a half of 40). They use commutativity and inverse relations to develop multiplicative reasoning (e.g. 4 × 5 = 20 and 20 ÷ 5 = 4). 

Year 2: Fractions

New Maths Curriculum (2014): Year 2 objectives.

Pupils should use additional fractions as operators on discrete and continuous quantities by solving problems using shapes, objects and quantities. They connect unit fractions to equal sharing and grouping, to numbers when they can be calculated, and to measures, finding fractions of lengths, quantity, a set of objects or shapes. They meet 3/4 as the first example of a non-unit fraction. 

Pupils should count in fractions up to 10, starting from any number and using the 1/2 and 2/4 equivalence on the number line (e.g. 11/4, 12/4 , (or 11/2), 13/4, 2). This reinforces the concept of fractions as numbers and that they can add up to more than one. 

Year 2: Measures

New Maths Curriculum (2014): Year 2 objectives.

Pupils should use standard units of measurement with increasing accuracy, using their knowledge of the number system. They should use the appropriate language and record using standard abbreviations. 

They should become fluent in telling the time on analogue clocks and recording it. 

Pupils should also become fluent in counting and recognising coins. They should use the symbols £ and p accurately and say the amounts of money confidently.  

Year 2: Geometry: Properties of Shapes

New Maths Curriculum (2014): Year 2 objectives.

Pupils should handle and name a wider variety of common 2-D and 3-D shapes including: quadrilaterals and cuboids, prisms, cones and polygons, and identify the properties of each shape (e.g. number of sides, number of faces). Pupils identify, compare and sort shapes on the basis of their properties and use vocabulary precisely, such as sides, edges, vertices and faces. 

Pupils should read and write names for shapes that are appropriate for their word reading and spelling. 

Pupils should draw lines and shapes using a straight edge. 


Year 2: Geometry: Position, Direction, Motion

New Maths Curriculum (2014): Year 2 objectives.

Pupils should work with patterns of shapes, including those in different orientations. 

Pupils should use the concept and language of angles to describe ‘turn’ by applying rotations, including in practical contexts (e.g. pupils themselves moving in turns, giving instructions to other pupils to do so, and programming robots using instructions given in right angles). 

Year 2: Statistics