In KS2 Maths, you'll learn about negative or minus numbers. In Year Six, it's important to feel comfortable counting up and down in negative numbers and filling in missing numbers in a sequence. You'll also tackle addition and subtraction problems with 2 and 3 figure negative numbers.

Negative numbers are whole numbers below zero. Think about temperatures – if it's colder than 0^{o}C, we say it's a minus temperature. Adding and subtracting with negatives can be tricky, but one trick is to rearrange the problem. For example:

14 - 8 = 6, so 6 - 14 = -8. It gets easier with practice!

Now, have some fun and test your skills with addition and subtraction of negative numbers in this quiz.

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The temperature is -15^{o}. If it falls 8^{o} what is the temperature now?

23^{o}

-7^{o}

-23^{o}

7^{o}

15 + 8 = 23 so -15 - 8 = -23

2.

The temperature is -13^{o}. If it rises 39^{o} what is the temperature now?

26^{o}

39^{o}

13^{o}

-26^{o}

39 - 13 = 26 so -13 + 39 = 26

3.

Which of these statements is true?

-33 > -3

-29 > -28

-7 > -17

-44 > -34

The symbol > means greater than

4.

Which is the largest of these numbers?

2

-35

-3

-14

Even the lowest positive number is higher than all the negative numbers

5.

Which of these is the lowest number?

-1

0

-28

-15

Remember that the higher the negative number the less its value

6.

Which are the missing numbers in this sequence? -33, -35, ___, -39, -41, ___?

-36 and -43

-37 and -42

-37 and -43

-37 and -40

The numbers in this sequence are decreasing by 2 each time

7.

The temperature is -28^{o}. If it rises 13^{o} what is the temperature now?

-41^{o}

-15^{o}

15^{o}

41^{o}

28 - 13 = 15 so -28 + 13 = -15

8.

Which of these statements is true?

-1 < -58

-23 < -1

2 < -99

-15 < -20

The symbol < means smaller than

9.

The temperature is 6^{o}. If it falls 18^{o} what is the temperature now?

24^{o}

-24^{o}

-8^{o}

-12^{o}

18 - 6 = 12 so 6 - 18 = -12

10.

Which is the next number in the following sequence? 10, 5, 0, -5

10

-1

-10

-15

The numbers are decreasing by 5