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Multiples: Fill in the Descending Sequence

In this worksheet, students use work out a rule to help them fill in the missing numbers of a descending sequence.

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'Multiples: Fill in the Descending Sequence' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Maths and Numerical Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Sequences

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Worksheet Overview

 In this activity, we will learn how to fill in the missing numbers in given sequences.


e.g. Fill in the missing numbers in this sequence:


A B 51 39 27




Look for clues from neighbouring terms to work out the rule.


Here 51 - 39  and 39 - 27  both equal 12.


This means that the rule for the sequence is that each term goes down by 12.


B will be 51 + 12 = 63.


A will be 63 + 12 = 75.


So the final sequence is: 

75 63 51 39 27


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