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Add and Subtract Positive and Negative Numbers

In this worksheet, students will carry out addition and subtraction of positive and negative numbers.

'Add and Subtract Positive and Negative Numbers' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Year:  Year 8 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Number

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Four Operations for All Numbers

Popular topics:   Subtraction worksheets, Addition worksheets, Numbers worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we will be adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers.


Use the number ladder to help you to answer the questions.


Remember, for a positive number, move up the ladder.

For a negative number, move down the ladder.

Always begin at 0.






3 - 5

Start at 0, move up 3 spaces, then down 5 spaces.

The answer is -2

3 - 5 = -2


-4 - 3

Start at 0, move down 4 spaces, then down another 3 spaces.

The answer is -7

-4 -3 = 7


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