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Solve Simple Subtractions by Counting Backwards

In this worksheet, students will carry out simple subtractions by counting back on a number line.

'Solve Simple Subtractions by Counting Backwards' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 4 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Number: Addition and Subtraction

Curriculum subtopic:   Add/Subtract up to Four-Digit Numbers

Popular topics:   Subtraction worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we will carry out simple subtractions by counting back.



Work out the subtractions.


500 - 6 = ____

5,000 - 6 = _____




To work out 500 - 6, we count back from 500 to get 494


number line



To work out 5,000 - 6, we count back from 5,000 to get 4,994


number line


Don't worry that these are big numbers - drawing just a part of a number line will help you to picture what you need to do.


Let's practise this in the questions that follow.


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