Key Stage 1 Maths

What your child will learn in Key Stage 1 maths:

The teaching of maths in years 1 and 2 will consolidate what children will learn in the Early Years curriculum (EYFS).

Key Stage 1 maths is designed to help students to become confident and fluent in numbers, shapes, measures and data handling.


The Aim of Key Stage 1 Maths

The 2014 KS4 English National Curriculum states the following aims:

  1. Fluency – children are taught to become fluent in maths through recalling facts, conceptualising and understanding increasingly complex problems.
  2. Problem-solving – children are taught to solve routine and non-routine problems of increasing complexity and break down multi-step problems into their individual components.
  3. Reasoning – children are taught to apply learned concepts, justify and prove using mathematical language.


Year 1

In year 1, children will be transitioned from Reception to a much more formal way of using maths. Children will be taught to count to 20 using objects, number lines and tally charts. Number bonds will be reinforced and children will be taught to use the 100 square to become more familiar with number.


Year 2

In year 2 your child will be expected to work a lot more independently. Greater emphasis will be placed on problem-solving and children will be encouraged to use the concepts they have learned to gain a deeper understanding of maths.



Currently, at the end of year 2, children are expected to sit the KS1 SATS tests, and the final scores are based on teacher assessments. The current government has announced that the KS1 SATS will be scrapped from 2020.


Key Stage 1 maths at a glance:

Below is a quick glance at what children are expected to be proficient in by the end of Year 2.


End of year 1 targets End of year 2 targets
Number/ Calculation
  • Read, count and write numbers to 100 in numerals from any given number
  • count in multiples of twos, fives and tens including multiply and divide
  • identify ten more and ten less than a given number
  • Recognise odd and even numbers
  • Count in 2’s, 3’s and 5’s  from 0, and in 10’s from any number, forward and backward
  •  Compare and orders numbers from 0 up to 100 *Uses < > and = signs correctly
  • Solve problems using place value and number facts
  • Recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 and 100 ( fluently up to 20)
  • Solve multiplication and division problems using materials, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts
  • Recognise and use ½, ¼ and ¾
  • Recognise and use ½, ¼, 2/4  and ¾
  • Recognise common 2D and 3D shapes
  • Compare and sort common 2-D and 3-D shapes and everyday objects 
  • *Use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement including movement in a straight line, and distinguishes between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for quarter, half and three-quarter
  • Solve simple time-related problems
  • Compare weights (mass and capacity) and length and explain their thinking
  • Solve simple problems in context involving addition and subtraction of money 
  • Ask and answer questions re totalling and comparing categorical data

How Redbridge Tuition can help:

Redbridge Tuition’s key stage 1 tutors concentrate on developing the students’ core skills. Children’s attitude to learning is very impressionable at this age. For this reason, at Redbridge Tuition, our tutors focus on making learning fun, interactive and engaging. The structure of our programmes ensures that each child’s self-confidence produces a can-do attitude toward learning. This tutoring process can differ from child to child and as a result, they require more attention, both to ensure their safety and keep sessions interesting, varied and fun.

At Redbridge Tuition, our aim is to propel every student forward. This is done by making sure they understand the key concepts in each maths topic by spending time talking through each concept and modelling solutions to problems for each child to follow.

At the start of year 2, we will start preparing children for their SATS exam which normally takes place in May. 

We will work with students to cover each set target for year 2 maths and start practising SATS exam questions in order to build their confidence and iron out any issues they may still have.

For further information, please contact us. We will be happy to discuss your particular requirements and answer any questions you may have or book you in with one of Redbridge Tuition’s highly qualified KS1 tutors.

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