# Subtracting on a Number Line(KS2, Year 4)

## The Lesson

A number line can be used to subtract numbers. Imagine we wanted to find 7 − 3.

## How to Subtract on a Number Line

Subtracting on a number line is easy.

## Question

Use a number line to find 7 − 3.

# 1

Find 7 on the number line.
7 − 3 # 2

Move 3 to the left along the number line.
7 − 3 # 3

Read off the number you have reached. 7 − 3 = 4

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## To Subtract, Go Left

Subtracting means going left on a number line. Help Us To Improve Mathematics Monster

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## See Also

Addition basics Long addition How to subtract on a number line Subtraction basics Long subtraction Multiplication basics Long multiplication Long multiplication with decimals A closer look at multiplication Division basics Long division Long division with remainder Long division with decimals What is place value?