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Subtract Two Large Numbers Using Column Method and Exchanging

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

'Subtract Two Large Numbers Using Column Method and Exchanging' 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, we will look at how to subtract large numbers.



62,474 - 58,321 = 4,153


Set the numbers out in columns and subtract vertically. 


Always begin with the ones column in each calculation.


In this example, 10,000 has to be 'exchanged' or 'regrouped' from 60,000 as we cannot take 8,000 away from 2,000. This is also known as 'borrowing'.


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


12,000 - 8,000 = 4,000



We will now solve a series of calculations that require column subtraction.


Are you ready?


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