Teaching KS2 Maths: A Guide For Primary School Teachers and Maths Subject Leaders

Teaching KS2 Maths can be a daunting proposition for any teacher, let alone one who lacks confidence in maths or perhaps isn’t familiar with the new mastery approach to mathematics teaching.

At Third Space we specialise in training tutors to teach the primary maths national curriculum in our online maths interventions. We have spent years developing a programme that supports both teacher and pupil success. However we understand that, unlike our tutors, most primary school teachers are not maths specialists, and we don’t believe this should prevent you from being able to explain, teach, and support your pupils’ learning of the KS2 maths curriculum.

Here, we’ve combined the expertise we’ve developed with that of leading primary school teachers working in schools like yours every day. The result is an extensive series of guides, resources and activities to support you in your teaching of Key Stage 2 maths.

Topics from the KS2 maths programme of study

The KS2 maths curriculum is broken down into the main topics that pupils learn across their years at school.

  • Number & place value
  • Addition & subtraction
  • Multiplication & division
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Measurement
  • Geometry (properties of shapes)
  • Geometry (position and direction)
  • Statistics
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Teaching Number and Place Value in KS2 Maths

Here’s where we cover what teachers need to know to make every place value lesson count.

Step by step interventions plan for place value in Year 5 and Year 6

Easy place value grid to make at school or at home

Fun place value games for KS1 and KS2

Place value worksheets


Teaching Addition in KS2 Maths

Step by step teaching addition year 5 and year 6

Teaching addition and subtraction at KS2

KS1 and KS2 Addition and Subtraction Worksheets


Teaching Subtraction in KS2 Maths

Step by step teaching subtraction year 5 and year 6


Teaching Multiplication in KS2 Maths

Step by step teaching multiplication year 5 and year 6

Teaching multiplication KS2

How to teach the long multiplication method KS2


Teaching Times Tables in KS2 and KS1 Maths

Step by step teaching times tables in KS1 and KS2 for instant recall

35 fun times tables games 


Teaching Division In KS2 Maths

Step by step guidance on teaching division year 5 and year 6

The best formal long division method for KS2

Planning a long division lesson in KS2

Teaching division KS2

Long division questions


Teaching Fractions in KS2 Maths

Step by step teaching fractions year 5 and year 6

 Teaching fractions KS2

Teaching Decimals in KS2 Maths

Teaching decimals KS2

Teaching Percentages in KS2 Maths

Teaching percentages KS2

Teaching Measurement in KS2 Maths

Guide to area and perimeter KS2


Teaching Time in KS2 and KS1 Maths

Step by step teaching telling the time KS1 and KS2

Teaching Geometry in KS2 Maths

 Teaching position, direction and coordinates KS2

Teaching properties of shapes KS2

Teaching Statistics and Data Handling in KS2 Maths

Teaching statistics and data handling at KS2


Teaching Algebra in KS2 Maths

Step by step teaching algebra year 5 and year 6

Teaching algebra KS2 guide, Y3 to Y6

Teaching Ratio and Proportion in KS2 Maths

Teaching ratio KS2

Looking for fun games and activities to boost pupils’ learning?
We’ve got several articles sharing teacher approved maths activities and fun maths games, including KS2 maths games, KS1 maths games and KS3 maths games for all maths topics and a set of 35 times tables games and multiplication games you’ll want to bookmark whichever year group you teach!

See also: Year 8 Maths and KS2 tutoring


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