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Write the Next Two Numbers in a Descending Sequence

In this worksheet, students will complete a descending number sequence by identifying the pattern.

'Write the Next Two Numbers in a Descending Sequence' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Number: Number and Place Value

Curriculum subtopic:   Solve Number Problems to 1000

Popular topics:   Ordering Numbers worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we will be working out the next two numbers in a sequence.


Always look at the gaps between the numbers in a sequence.



Write the next two numbers in the following sequence:


95,   87,   79,   71,   A,   B



Work out the difference between the numbers in the sequence and see if you can find a pattern.


Here we have:

95 - 87 = 8

87 - 79 = 8

79 - 71 = 8


The numbers go down in 8s.


So the next two numbers are

A = 71 - 8 = 63

B = 63 - 8 = 55


The sequence reads.

95,   87,   79,   71,   63,   55


Be very careful with these descending sequences and remember we will need to subtract to find the missing numbers in the sequence.


Are you ready to begin?


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