TES collection Maths - comparing and ordering numbers

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Primary maths - Comparing and ordering numbers

These counting and understanding number activities help to reinforce comparing and ordering numbers by using number lines, practising place value and making comparisons between numbers of both high and low value.

TESiboard Interactives

In the following activities, levels and number values can be set to suit your pupils’ abilities.

Number Line Drop practises place value, forcing constant comparisons between numbers and mental tracking of positions on a number line. The complete set has versions that step up in tens, units and 1, 2, 3 and 4 decimal places. One version also shows vulgar fractions on the number tiles. All can be set to work with low numbers and high numbers providing further differentiation. Send the line moving back and forth, dropping the stacked numbers into place.

Number Line Drop - UNITS

Number Line Drop - TENS

Number Line Drop - TENTHS

Number Line Drop - HUNDREDTHS

Number Line Drop - THOUSANDTHS

Number Line Drop - FRACTIONS

Up or down the Number Line? is a simple greater than/less than practice game, which also helps to reinforce negative and positive positions on a number line. Send the fish or bee in the right direction along the number line to land on the right number.

The Bee games use a lower number range for units and multiples of 10 for KS1:

Up or Down the Number Line? Bee - UNITS

Up or Down the Number Line? Bee - TENS

The Fish games are aimed at KS2:

Up or Down the Number Line? Fish - TENTHS

Up or Down the Number Line? Fish - UNITS

Up or Down the Number Line? Fish - TENS

Number Pop

  • Pupils practise comparing number sizes. Set the game level by choosing a number range and extend by including decimals and negative numbers.

Compare Numbers - Smaller Than

  • Sort numbers by finding the ones that fit the given criteria. Try as a class game with teams.

Compare Numbers - Larger Than

  • Sort numbers by finding the ones that fit the given criteria. Try as a class game with teams.

Compare Numbers - Between

  • Ask pupils to identify the numbers that fit the criteria, dragging them into the shaded window.

Visual Numbers

  • Place numbers on the empty number line. The digit is visually represented by beads, split into tens and units. Great for ordering and place value.

Making Numbers (Open)

  • Pupils are given three random digits to use in different combinations to make larger numbers. An ordering task could follow.

Below is a selection of uploaded resources that help pupils with ordering numbers…

Ordering Numbers - Celebrity Millionaires

  • A fun starter/plenary activity to order numbers.

Ten green bottles

  • Ideas for activities based on the popular counting rhyme, including counting, ordering, matching and sorting.

Numbered leaves 0-20

  • A set of leaves with numbers 0-20 on them. Useful for ordering to make a large beanstalk.

0-20 balloons

  • A simple Smart notebook file with balloons 0-20 to move around on the IWB, order in sequence, use to count in 2’s, 5’s, etc.

Number Book 0-10

  • Make a book by ordering numbers 0-10.

Number Book 10-20

  • Make a book by ordering numbers 10-20.

The Jolly Postman Ordering Activity

  • A fantastic differentiated activity: envelopes with numbers in the addresses to put in order and a map to find the fairy tale houses.


  • Caterpillars on leaves in sets of 10 - for ordering or display.

Sumdog: Biggest and Smallest Numbers

  • Order whole numbers using these free online maths games.

Number line - children

  • Pictures of boys and girls with numbers on their shirts -useful for hanging on a class washing line.

Ordering numbers worksheets

  • Randomisable worksheets for helping your students’ understanding of number. Choose from the preset worksheets or design your own.

Lesson on counting and using the number 10

  • A series of practical activities to support children in learning to count and finding the number 10 on a number line.

Maths Number Pattern Game

  • Simple maths game to help pupils internalise a ‘visual’ means of imagining numbers and number operations. Also helps understanding of place value.

Primary KS1 maths teaching resources

Primary KS1 maths teaching resources