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Subtracting Two Large Numbers

In this worksheet, students will learn and practise how to subtract two large numbers using the formal column method.

'Subtracting Two Large Numbers' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Number: Addition and Subtraction

Curriculum subtopic:   Add/Subtract Four-Digit (or more) Numbers

Popular topics:   Subtraction worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

In this activity, you will learn how to subtract large numbers.


e.g. 62,474 - 58,321 = 4,153


Set the numbers out in columns and subtract vertically. 


Always begin with the ones in each question.


In this question, 10,000 has to be 'exchanged' or 'regrouped' from 60,000 as we cannot take 8,000 away from 2,000.


When we carry across 10,000 to 2,000 we then create 12,000.


12,000 - 8,000 = 4,000



You will now solve a series of questions that require column subtraction.

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