# Explain what the difference is between consecutive numbers

I can explain what the difference is between consecutive numbers.

# Explain what the difference is between consecutive numbers

I can explain what the difference is between consecutive numbers.

## Lesson details

### Key learning points

- Consecutive numbers have a difference of 1
- Consecutive numbers are one more than the one before.
- Consecutive numbers are one less than the one after.
- Consecutive odd numbers have a difference of 2
- Consecutive even numbers have a difference of 2

### Common misconception

Children may not recognise given subtraction calculations that involve consecutive numbers and will resort to other strategies to calculate.

Recording equations alongside concrete or pictorial representations (such as cubes or a number line) will help children to visualise the difference and become more confident in spotting equations that contain consecutive numbers.

### Keywords

Consecutive - Numbers which follow each other in order, without gaps.

Odd - Any integer (not a fraction) that cannot be divided exactly by 2 The last digit is 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9

Even - Any integer that can be divided exactly by 2 The last digit is 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8

Difference - The result of subtracting one number from another. Way in which two or more things we are comparing are not the same.

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