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).