Before you try the worksheet, here are some practical ways of taking away.
- Find some objects around the house for example, toy animals, pennies, peas.
- Have a certain amount, for example 8 toy animals.
- Take an amount away, for example 4 toy animals.
- Ask your child “how many are left?”
- Then help them to say the number sentence: “8 take away 4 makes 4 left over” and “8 subtract 4 equals 4”. It is good to get used to saying it both ways.
Here are some example questions to practically complete:
- There are 10 peas on a plate. I eat 3 peas. How many peas are there left?
- I have 7 sweeties. 4 of them get eaten. How many are left?
- There are 4 pencils. 2 pencils break. How many are left?
- I have 6 stones in my garden. I have lost 3. How many do I have left?
- There are 9 ladybirds. 2 fly away. How many ladybirds are left?
Key vocabulary to use: subtract, take away, left, equals.
Try writing the number sentence for each question. For example, 8 - 4 =
Use a number to help you!
See the amount of rabbits, some hop away! Count how many are left! Choose numbers 1-10 or 1-20.
Click on this PDF and have a go at doing the subtraction worksheet.