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 = 22 lots of 2 = 43 lots of 2 = 64 lots of 2 = 8
1 x 2 = 22 x 2 = 43 x 2 = 64 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.

024681012141618202224
242220181614121086420

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.

Guardians: Defenders of Mathematica

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