Counting in 2s

Home learning focus

Learn how to count in twos from 0 to 50.

This lesson includes:

  • one video
  • three activities


Let's begin today's lesson with a practical exercise involving counting in twos.

For more help and advice with Maths watch this Teacher Talk video. There are many more Teacher Talks covering different Maths topics on Bitesize: 5-7 Year Olds.

Counting in twos

Here is number 7 on a number track.

How much is 2 more than 7?

How much is 2 less than 7?

9 is 2 more than 7.

5 is 2 less than 7.

Here is number 16 on a number track.

How much is 2 more than 16?

How much is 2 less than 16?

18 is 2 more than 16.

14 is 2 less than 16.

Counting in pairs

Here is a pair of shoes.

There are 2 shoes in a pair.

Here is a line of pairs of shoes. There are 7 pairs.

How many shoes are in this line?

Count them in twos: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.

Top tip

Instead of counting up in twos, you can multiply by 2, which is a more efficient way of doing the same calculation.

Counting in twos gives you the two times table.

So, 7 pairs of shoes is the same as 7 x 2 = 14 shoes.


A pair always has 2 things.

  • A pair of gloves is 2 gloves.

  • A pair of books is 2 books.


Activity 1

Practise counting up in twos from 0 to 40.


Remember, when counting in twos the last digit is always 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8.

Activity 2

Print out and complete the following worksheet from Headstart Primary. In this short exercise you will be asked to count in twos and to complete the number sequences.

Counting in 2s

Click here for the answer sheet.

Activity 3

Have a go at the questions in the final worksheet of today's lesson from Twinkl.

Counting in 2s

Click here for the answer sheet.

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