The Two Times Table is the first one your child will learn in primary school. They will begin to build the foundations of learning this times table in Year One, where they will learn to count in twos.
In Year Two, they will begin to learn these facts more formally, as a ‘times table’.(Please note, your child may be required to learn up to 12×2 in their school, it is worth checking this with their teacher).
Below, I have included a variety of methods to give your child the best chance of learning in a way that suits them. You don’t have to try all of these methods – just choose one or two that your child likes. If you find your child doesn’t understand the concept through one method, then try another.
Learning the 2 Times Table
The first step in teaching this times table is to make sure your child is confident counting up to 20 in 2s (or 24 if your child’s school learns up to the 12th multiple). Practise this with them until they can do it fluently with no mistakes or hesitation.
Next, print off this number square and ask your child to colour all the numbers in the 2 times table (all the ones they have just chanted).
Next, get them to lay out items in piles of 2 (you can use lego bricks, counters, pennies, or any small item). Ask them to make 12 piles/groups of 2 items.If you don’t have enough small items, you can show them this visual times table instead.
Show them, by separating the groups, that 1 group of 2 is 2, 2 groups of 2 are 4, and so on. Interchange your vocabulary between ‘groups of’, ‘lots of’ and ‘times’ as you are doing this, so that your child will begin to understand that these mean the same thing. Each time, ask your child to count the number of items in each group, the number of groups, then the number of items altogether. This way they are seeing living proof of the times tables facts, rather than just been told them.Tell them that we are going to write these facts down, and when we have, we will have made the 2 times table.
Ask them if they know a symbol that shows ‘groups of’ or ‘lots of’ – hopefully they will remember from school that this can be shown by the X symbol.
Pull one of the piles/groups of 2 items to one side and say ‘1 lot of 2 is 2’. Ask them if they can write this down. Help them, step by step to write:
Explain that where we say ‘is’, we write an equals sign when we write it down.
Next pull 2 groups of 2 to one side, and help your child to write the first part of the number sentence:Ask your child to count how many items there are altogether to complete the number sentence.
Continue this process until the whole times table has been written out.
Practising the 2 times table
The next stage is to commit the number facts your child has just learnt to memory. The only way to do this is to keep practising them. However, there are ways you can make this more fun for your child. Singing songs and playing games are just two of the ways you can practise.
Try practicing your times table with this great online game.
Or listen to and sing along with this fun 2 Times Table Song:
Here is the 2 times table on handy cards with which you can play snap, pelmanism and ‘match against the clock’ games: 2 Times Table Cards
Your child may prefer one way of practising over another – as long as they are practising it doesn’t matter which way they do it!
Once they have practised for a bit and think they know their 2 times table, they can test their knowledge with this worksheet.