The National Numeracy Strategy

Year 2 Key Objectives

  • Count, read, write and order whole numbers to at least 100; know what each digit represents (including 0 as a place holder).
  • Describe and extend simple number sequences (including odd/even numbers, counting on or back in ones or tens from any two-digit number, and so on).
  • Understand that subtraction is the inverse of addition; state the subtraction corresponding to a given addition and vice versa.
  • Know by heart all addition and subtraction facts for each number to at least 10.
  • Use knowledge that addition can be done in any order to do mental calculations more efficiently.
  • Understand the operation of multiplication as repeated addition or as describing an array.
  • Know and use halving as the inverse of doubling.
  • Know by heart facts for the 2 and 10 multiplication tables.
  • Estimate, measure and compare lengths, masses and capacities, using standard units; suggest suitable units and equipment for such measurements.
  • Read a simple scale to the nearest labelled division, including using a ruler to draw and measure lines to the nearest centimetre.
  • Use the mathematical names for common 2-D and 3-D shapes; sort shapes and describe some of their features.
  • Use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement.
  • Choose and use appropriate operations and efficient calculation strategies to solve problems, explaining how the problem was solved.

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