# Count Backwards Through Zero

In this worksheet, students will 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)

Popular topics:   Counting worksheets

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#### Worksheet Overview

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

If we count up, we move from the left to the right and the numbers increase.

So, -7 to -6 is moving from the left to the right and the numbers have increased because -6 is bigger than -7.

If we count back, we move from the right to the left and the numbers decrease.

So, -3 to -4 is moving from the right to the left and the numbers have decreased because -4 is smaller than -3.

Here is part of a number line going from 7 down to -7:

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

Example

Count back to work out the missing number.

-4    -3        -1    0    1    2    3

What is the missing number?

Counting back from 0 means the numbers decrease.

-3    -2    -1    0

So the missing number is -2.

Does that make sense?

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