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National Curriculum: Multiplication and Division - Year 2 - Activities

Created on 14 October 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 13 April 2016 by ncetm_administrator


Programme of Study statements Activity
Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers.      
Calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (x), division (÷) and equals(=) signs      
Show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and division of one number by another cannot.      
Solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts.      

Activity Set A

  • Multiplication tables - pelmanism style matching cards. Find the pairs of cards showing the product and multiplication fact in a timed activity.
  • Counting stick: using a metre stick with ten divisions use sticky notes to mark multiples of 2, 5 or 10. Practise counting on and back from different numbers. As the children become more fluent, remove more sticky notes and see how they can recall multiples starting at different points counting on and back.
  • BBC KS1 Bitesize: Camel Times Tables and Division Mine. These two games are a super resource for the children to practise their recall of multiplication and division facts independently

Activity Set B

  • BBC KS1 Starship Number Jumbler game, a simple animation where children choose the missing operation sign in the calculation.
  • Write the calculation: give the children different pictures of groups of items or arrays. They then have to write the multiplication sentence to match the picture. 2p, 5p and 10p coins could be used for this activity. The children can write down how many of each coin they have and the total amount. Using coins, the children could also write division calculations to match the images.

Activity Set C

  • Triangle of numbers: a good activity to use as a starter or plenary, demonstrating the commutativity of multiplication. It can be used to demonstrate one number fact and the children can suggest the others.
  • Function box: reinforcing the relationship of division being the inverse of multiplication. To build up to this online activity, a function box could be made and used as a visual resource in class. For example, model how a number goes in and doubles, but put the number back through the machine it will halve. There are lots of different ways to use the function box in class to deepen the understanding of the relationship between multiplication and division.
  • Class number sentence: using digit cards and x and ÷ and = cards. Get the children to show how we can take one known fact and find others using those numbers. As the children move the digits around, they will demonstrate their understanding of using and applying their tables knowledge. What numbers can we move around in a division sentence? Can they spot the relationship between multiplication and division? Ensure they really understand the concept behind this activity, by encouraging them to show you with practical apparatus.

Activity Set D

  • TES word problems with differentiated questions: resources submitted by a Year 2 teacher, focusing on problem solving using multiplication.
  • BBC Class Clips: problem solving - how many chairs? Use multiplication facts to help the Chuckle Brothers organise their tables ready for their guests’ arrival.
  • Give the children a multiplication or division fact. Can they write a word problem to match it? Now swap calculations with a partner and talk about how you would solve the problem.


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13 April 2016 16:36
Thank you for the updated link, this has been amended on the page.
19 February 2015 09:42
This is the link to the Chuckle Brothers clip: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zhhsb9q
By gleeks
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