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Solve Subtraction Word Problems

In this worksheet, students will use their knowledge of addition, subtraction and number bonds to 20 to fill in the missing elements of the problems.

'Solve Subtraction Word Problems' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Year:  Year 1 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Number: Addition and Subtraction

Curriculum subtopic:   Solve Add/Subtract Problems to 20

Popular topics:   Numbers worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

This activity is about changing a story into maths.


Look at the ladybirds on this plant.


ladybirds on a leaf


Count them.

There are 12 ladybirds.


Now look at this picture.


ladybirds on a leaf


4 ladybirds have flown away.

How many are left on the plant?

8 are left on the plant.


We started with 12 and 4 flew away.


In maths, this can be written as:

12 - 4


Now we can see that 12 - 4 = 8


So 8 are left on the plant.


12 - 4 = 8   tells the story of how many ladybirds are left on the plant.


Can you make a maths story out of something you see today?

Maybe a flock of sheep or a basket of vegetables? Anything that you can count in fact!


flock of sheep         


basket of vegetables                                     


Good luck!

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