Primary maths: Negative numbers

Classroom activities, lesson ideas and games to help you encourage positive attitudes when learning about negative numbers

Tes Resources Team

Children Smiling & Answering Questions To Promote Positive Messages About Negative Numbers

Promote positivity when working with negative numbers with help from these innovative resources

When you’ve spent all these maths lessons talking about numbers bigger than zero, it comes as no surprise that introducing negative numbers can cause some confusion. That’s why we’ve selected some of the very best negative number resources for all ages, whether you are talking about abstract ideas or discussing real-life examples. So, number lines at the ready…

Lessons and workpacks

KS2: Negative Numbers (Six Lesson Unit of Work + BONUS RESOURCES)
Andrew Long

KS2: Negative Numbers (Six Lesson Unit of Work + BONUS RESOURCES)

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This is a six lesson unit of work for teaching all negative numbers objectives in Year 4, 5 and 6. In this resource pack you will find: Lesson plans (including for your TA), differentiated worksheets/activities/games (LA, MA and HA plus a challenge activity for deeper understanding/mastery), answer ...
Negative Numbers - Number Line, Ordering and Differences.
MissBsResources

Negative Numbers - Number Line, Ordering and Differences.

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(All answers are provided) I've designed this resource to allow students to explore negative numbers from the basics. It begins with a brief look at where negative numbers are used in real life. This then leads to looking at the number line and finding missing numbers and rules. Students ...
Negative Numbers KS2
Magictrickster

Negative Numbers KS2

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A bright and stimulating Powerpoint to explain Negative Numbers. This powerpoint has 12 slides (Plus one title and one end slide). Designed for KS2. The topics in the powerpoint are: Negative Numbers Negative Numbers: A Number Line Putting Negative Numbers in the Correct Order Adding and Subtract...

Problem solving

Negative numbers
WRMaths

Negative numbers

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This selection of resources cover counting backwards and forwards in negative numbers to problem solving with negative numbers.
Difference in Temperatures Problem Solving Activity
Maths Tiger

Difference in Temperatures Problem Solving Activity

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Activity using clues about temperatures in British cities to label a map with 12 cities and their respective temperatures. Clues are in a random order so they could be cut up into cards if that helps, the solution shows the order to tackle them, so they could be re-ordered for weaker students. The...

Games

Negative Numbers
FullShelf

Negative Numbers

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Activities (a game, puzzles worksheets and word problem cards) for differentiated negative numbers lessons at Key Stage 2 (KS2). It was originally designed for Year 5 and Year 6 and equivalents. Includes 3 fun Hidden Word / Spot the Mistake Puzzles (and solutions), a 30-card Loop Game / Dominoes Set...
Negative Numbers Magic Squares Challenges
Helen Rachel Crossley

Negative Numbers Magic Squares Challenges

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Negative Numbers Magic Squares Challenges: A series of 3 differentiated magic square challenges. Complete the puzzles so that each row, column and diagonal have the same total. A fun problem solving challenging featuring negative numbers. For more Outstanding Resources for Outstanding Teachers,...
Negative Switch | Calculations Card Game
LittleStreams

Negative Switch | Calculations Card Game

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Adding and subtracting with negative numbers can be a challenging topic to make fun. This card game to exercise quick-fire, spontaneous positive and negative calculation of positive and negative numbers. As you turn each card over, add the value of the card to the collective total. If the card is a...
Negative numbers: Adding and subtracting negative numbers mazes
MissEHoney

Negative numbers: Adding and subtracting negative numbers mazes

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Adding and subtracting negative numbers mazes. 8 mazes with full solutions are included, great for use in a lesson on negative numbers when you don't want to use traditional worksheets. Skills include positive subtract positive, negative subtract positive, negative add positive, negative add negati...