Count Backwards to include Negative Numbers (1)

In this worksheet, children must count backwards through zero to include negative numbers.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Number: Number and Place Value

Curriculum subtopic:   Count Backwards (including Negative Numbers)

Difficulty level:

QUESTION 1 of 10

Starting at 0 we can count up in units like this:

0    1    2    3    4    5    6    7 ...

But what happens before zero?

We have the negative numbers, like this:

...  -7    -6    -5    -4    -3    -2    -1    0

That was counting UP.

Now let's count BACKWARDS from 7.

7    6    5    4    3    2    1    0      -1    -2    -3    -4    -5    -6    -7 ...

Example

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

4    3    2    1    0    -1        -3

What is the missing number?

Counting backwards from 0, it goes:

... 0    -1    -2    -3

So the missing number is -2.

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

2    1    0        -2

What is the missing number?

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

1        -1    -2    -3

What is the missing number?

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

0    -1        -3

What is the missing number?

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

1    0    -1    -2        -4

What is the missing number?

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

-5    -6    -7

What is the missing number?

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

-4    -5    -6

What is the missing number?

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

-5    -6    -7

What is the missing number?

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

-1    -2    -3

What is the missing number?

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

-6    -7    -8

What is the missing number?

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

-11    -12    -13

What is the missing number?

• Question 1

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

2    1    0        -2

What is the missing number?

-1
EDDIE SAYS
2... 1... 0... -1... -2
• Question 2

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

1        -1    -2    -3

What is the missing number?

0
EDDIE SAYS
1... 0... -1... -2... -3
• Question 3

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

0    -1        -3

What is the missing number?

-2
EDDIE SAYS
0... -1... -2... -3
• Question 4

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

1    0    -1    -2        -4

What is the missing number?

-3
EDDIE SAYS
1... 0... -1... -2... -3... -4
• Question 5

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

-5    -6    -7

What is the missing number?

-4
EDDIE SAYS
-4... -5... -6... -7
• Question 6

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

-4    -5    -6

What is the missing number?

-7
EDDIE SAYS
-4... -5... -6... -7
• Question 7

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

-5    -6    -7

What is the missing number?

-8
EDDIE SAYS
-5... -6... -7... -8
• Question 8

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

-1    -2    -3

What is the missing number?

0
EDDIE SAYS
0... -1... -2... -3
• Question 9

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

-6    -7    -8

What is the missing number?

-9
EDDIE SAYS
-6... -7... -8... -9
• Question 10

Count backwards to work out the missing number.

-11    -12    -13

What is the missing number?

-10
EDDIE SAYS
-10... -11... -12... -13
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