# The 2 times table

## Learning focus

Learn the 2 times table by counting in twos and looking at arrays and number patterns.

This lesson includes:

- one video
- two activities

# Learn

Watch this KS1 Maths video from Bitesize and listen to the song all about the 2 times tables.

## Counting in twos

Here is a counting pattern:

2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, …

This pattern **goes up in twos.**

From each number, we add 2 to get the next number.

Can you count on in twos to get to 24?

## Groups of 2

This array has 2 apples in each column.

There are 4 columns, making 4 lots of 2.

4 lots of 2 is the same as 4 x 2 and 4 x 2 = 8

1 lot of 2 = 2 | 2 lots of 2 = 4 | 3 lots of 2 = 6 | 4 lots of 2 = 8 |

1 x 2 = 2 | 2 x 2 = 4 | 3 x 2 = 6 | 4 x 2 = 8 |

This set of number facts are from the 2 times table.

## Example 1:

**This number track shows the 2 times table. Some numbers are missing.**

Can you work out which numbers are missing?

How did you work out the missing numbers?

## Example 2:

**How many 2p coins make 18p?**

Through repeated addition this is:

2p + 2p + 2p + 2p + 2p + 2p + 2p + 2p + 2p = 18p

Or you could do this through multiplication:

9 x 2 = 18

so 9 x 2p = *18p*

## Top tip

Remember that every number in the 2 times table is an **even number.**

Even numbers always end in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8.

# Practise

## Activity 1

Draw an array for each multiplication fact in the 2 times table.

What do you notice about the arrays you have drawn?

How are they the same? How are they different?

Practise counting up and down in twos from 0 to 24.

0 | 2 | 4 | 6 | 8 | 10 | 12 | 14 | 16 | 18 | 20 | 22 | 24 |

24 | 22 | 20 | 18 | 16 | 14 | 12 | 10 | 8 | 6 | 4 | 2 | 0 |

## Activity 2

Have a go at this 2x table interactive activity and see if you can get all the questions right.

# Play

Play **Guardians: Defenders of Mathematica** to learn more about this topic and test your skills.

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