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Addition and subtraction of numbers of any size

  • Year group: Year 6
  • Term: Autumn
  • Topic: Addition and subtraction
  • Duration: 1 weeks
  • Keystage: KS2
  • Age Range: 10 to 11 yrs
  • Unit can be taught out of sequence: N
  • Week Range: 3

In this chapter, pupils continue to solve addition and subtraction problems with numbers of any size.

Problems are set in authentic, real-life contexts and involve multiple steps. They draw on pupils’ knowledge of other topics and may involve decimals.

 Download all addition and subtraction chapters as a PDF 

Resources for this topic

White Rose Maths

Addition and subtraction up to 4 digits

This worksheet and problem cards will help students get a deeper understanding of addition and subtraction with up to 4 digits.
By WRMaths

Addition & subtraction

Direct link to our Y6 scheme.
By WRMaths

Mathematics Mastery

Addition and subtraction of numbers of any size

Select ‘View more’ for an accompanying video.

Enabling teachers to continuously develop their practice is a key element of the Mathematics Mastery Programme.

This CPD video provides step-by-step guidance on addition and subtraction of numbers of any size.

Our videos aim to:

• Model teaching tips, techniques and clarify how to make connections between concrete, pictorial and abstract representations

• Support the teaching of different methods and concepts, rather than focusing on one method only
• Enhance subject knowledge and support non-specialists

Like what you see?

Mathematics Mastery is a professional development programme for teachers with a mission to transform mathematics education in the UK.

This task is just a taster of the complete classroom resources we offer. We also provide in-depth development training, online CPD, specialist support and assessment tools.

We believe all elements of our programme are vital in creating lasting change – enabling every child to enjoy and succeed in mathematics.

Want to find out more? Check out our free resources and blogs or join an information session.

By Mathematics Mastery

Addition and subtraction of numbers of any size

Mathematical discussion is a key element of the Mathematics Mastery programme.

Talk Tasks are a brilliant way of enabling pupils to develop their mathematical language, thinking, understanding and confidence.

This activity explores the concept of adding and subtracting numbers of any size

• Talk tasks are best completed in mixed attainment pairs, with pupils taking turns to listen and construct arguments
• Emphasis is on discussion rather than the solution, encouraging pupils to use key language and talk in full sentences
• Ask pupils to prove their answers in a variety of ways, using the CPA approach to support mathematical understanding and number sense

Like what you see? Mathematics Mastery is a professional development programme for teachers with a mission to transform mathematics education in the UK.

This task is just a taster of the complete classroom resources we offer. We also provide in-depth development training, online CPD, specialist support and assessment tools.

We believe all elements of our programme are vital in creating lasting change – enabling every child to enjoy and succeed in mathematics.

Want to find out more? Check out our free resources and blogs or join an information session.
By Mathematics Mastery

Resources shared by teachers

Year 6 - Four Operations - Week 3 - Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division

This is pack 1 of 4 on Year 6 four operations and covers the small steps Add and Subtract Whole Numbers, Multiply up to a 4-digit by 2-digit Number and Short Division.  The resources aim to help children gain a deeper understanding of the concepts covered in the topic.  

The resources include pictorial and abstract representations as well as reasoning and problem solving activities and more open ended problems to support and extend your whole class.

I hope you find them useful
By MKConnolly

Year 6 - Four Operations - Week 4 - Division

This is pack 2 of 4 on Year 6 four operations and covers the small steps Division Using Factors, Long Division (1), Long Division (2), Long Division (3) and Long Division (4).  The resources aim to help children gain a deeper understanding of the concepts covered in the topic.  

The resources include reasoning and problem solving activities and more open ended problems to support and extend your whole class.

I hope you find them useful.
By MKConnolly

Year 6 - Four Operations - Week 5 - Factors, Multiples and Primes

This is pack 3 of 4 on Year 6 four operations and covers the small steps Common Factors, Common Multiples and Primes.  The resources aim to help children gain a deeper understanding of the concepts covered in the topic.  

The resources include reasoning and problem solving activities and more open ended problems to support and extend your whole class.

I hope you find them useful.
By MKConnolly

Year 6 - Four Operations - Week 6 - Squares, Order of Operations, Estimation

This is pack 4 of 4 on Year 6 four operations and covers the small steps Squares and Cubes, Order of Operations, Mental Calculations and Estimation and Reasoning from Known Facts.  The resources aim to help children gain a deeper understanding of the concepts covered in the topic.  

The resources include reasoning and problem solving activities and more open ended problems to support and extend your whole class.

I hope you find them useful.
By MKConnolly

Year 6 - Four Operations - Weeks 3 - 6

Four weeks worth of resources on four operations.

This bundle contains all four packs on Year 6 four operations and covers all small steps within this topic.  The resources aim to help children gain a deeper understanding of the concepts covered in the topic.  

The resources include pictorial and abstract representations as well as reasoning and problem solving activities and more open ended problems to support and extend your whole class.

I hope you find them useful
By MKConnolly

Addition and Subtraction - Word Problems Game (designed for Year 4)

Here is a Minecraft Themed board game, for Year 4.

Designed to practice the written models of Addition and Subtraction, the problems get more complex as the children progress.

Starting with simple, 1-step addition or subtraction problems; to increasing complex two-step problems. Ideal for those working towards AREs, may be a bit too challenging for those below AREs.

Hope this helps...
By Biomatt1987

Yr 4 Calculation : Lesson 39

Addition and subtraction to 10 000. Fourth in series of lessons.
By CIMT

Treasure Hunt - Column addition and subtraction of decimals

Print out the Powerpoint and stick the slides around the room. The students take answer sheets. solve a problem and write down the corresponding letter. The letters can be copied into a sentence that should read 'I understand decimals!'. At this point you can direct students to try problems again if incorrect. Consolidate: written addition and subtraction of decimals using the column method. Also good for learning some of the synonyms of add and subtract.
By Harryjob