# Interpret Negative Numbers in Context

In this worksheet, students will answer questions based around negative numbers in context.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Number: Number and Place Value

Curriculum subtopic:   Interpret Negative Numbers

Difficulty level:

#### Worksheet Overview

When answering negative number problems, we first need to decide whether we need to add or subtract.

Example:

Question

Sandra has £30 in her bank account.

She spends £45 on a new cricket set.

How much does she have now?

Sandra spends money, which means we need to subtract.

£30 - £45 = -£15 meaning that she has spent more than she has in her bank account!

Question

The temperature in London at 3 am was -3°C.

At midday the next day, it had risen by 8°C.

What is the temperature at midday the next day?

This time, the temperature has risen, which means we need to add.

-3°C + 8°C = 5°C

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