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Solve Addition and Subtraction Problems

In this worksheet, students will solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems choosing which operations and methods to use and why.

'Solve Addition and Subtraction Problems' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Number: Addition and Subtraction

Curriculum subtopic:   Solve Multi-Step Add/Subtract Problems

Popular topics:   Subtraction worksheets, Addition worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

This activity is about word problems that require us to add and subtract, not just once, but perhaps several times.


When do we add numbers?

We add when:

We increase amounts

Someone gives us something extra

We get more of something



When do we subtract numbers?

We subtract when:

We decrease amounts

We give away something

We spend money


shopping trolley full of food




There are 225 sweets in a jar.

Jack takes 35 sweets out of the jar.

Jane takes 15 fewer than Jack out of the jar.


How many sweets are left in the jar?





First, we work out how many sweets Jane takes.

This is 15 fewer than Jack. 

35 - 15 = 20

So Jane takes 20 sweets.


Sweets left in jar = 225 - 35 - 20 = 190 - 20 = 170 sweets


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