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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!

Explaining subtraction for parents

Help your child develop their subtraction skills using real life situations. Maths expert Kate Robinson explains how your child can learn to subtract by solving problems.

Rabbit Takeaway!


See the amount of rabbits, some hop away! Count how many are left! Choose numbers 1-10 or 1-20.

Subtraction worksheet.


Click on this PDF  and have a go at doing the subtraction worksheet.

Subtraction Worksheet