Year 4


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How to subtract numbers

To subtract numbers from each other you can use a variety of written methods such as the column method, or a number line; or you could use a mental arithmetic method.

Resources for physically subtracting numbers together could include: an abacus, Cuisinaire rods, Numicon or Base 10.

   Try using more than one method and practice checking your answers with a calculator.


Government guidelines (Year 4)

      Pupils should be taught to:

    • Add and subtract numbers with up to four digits, using formal written methos of columnar addition and subtraction where possible

    • Estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation

    • solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why


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Subtraction worksheets - Year 4 Primary maths resources, activities and worksheets

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Subtracting from numbers, up to 10,000