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Practise Subtracting Numbers with One Decimal Place

In this worksheet, students will subtract a mix of numbers with one decimal place. Two methods are shown.

'Practise Subtracting Numbers with One Decimal Place' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Number: Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

Curriculum subtopic:   Use up to Three Decimal Places

Popular topics:   Decimals worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we will be looking at how to subtract decimals with one decimal place.



Find the difference:


5.1 - 2.4 = ___



Number Line Method:


Subtraction number line


Look at the number line.

Start at 5.1 and move back 2 ones to get to 3.1

Then subtract 4 tenths to get to 2.7

The answer is 2.7


Column Subtraction Method:

Step 1. Line up the decimal points in column subtraction.
Step 2. Subtract, starting with the tenths place on the right side of the decimal point. We need to exchange, so the 5 in the ones place becomes 4 and the 1 in the tenths place becomes 11. Subtract 11 - 4 = 7.
Step 3. Now subtract in the ones place, to the left of the decimal point. Subtract 4 - 2 = 2.
Answer: 2.7


 Column subtraction with one decimal place


The answer is 2.7


Let's have a go at some questions now. Which method will you choose to use?


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