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Solve Worded Addition and Subtraction Problems

In this worksheet, students will be asked to use addition and subtraction skills in order to solve multi-step worded problems.

'Solve Worded 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

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Worksheet Overview

In this activity, you will be asked to use your addition and subtraction skills in order to solve multi-step worded problems.

When solving these problems, read each question at least twice and look for highlighted words and numbers to help you.



A plane arrived at an airport with 14,567 tonnes of cargo.

2,568 tonnes were then unloaded.

The plane was then loaded with 13,865 tonnes before taking off and leaving the airport.

How much cargo was on the plane when it left?


an aeroplane


You need to solve this question in steps.


Step One

Subtract the amount taken off.

14,567 - 2,568 = 11,999 tonnes


Step Two

Add on the extra cargo put onto the plane.

11,999 + 13,865 = 25,864 tonnes

When the plane left, it was carrying 25,864 tonnes.


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