# Explain how the value of a number relates to its position from zero

I can explain how the value of a number relates to its position from zero.

# Explain how the value of a number relates to its position from zero

I can explain how the value of a number relates to its position from zero.

## Slide deck

## Lesson details

### Key learning points

- Negative numbers are below zero on a vertical scale
- Negative numbers are to the left of zero on a horizontal scale

### Common misconception

When comparing a pair of numbers such as 3 and −3, pupils may think they are of equal value.

Use of number lines, ideally displayed in the classroom, will help pupils to see that numbers increase in value the further right they are.

### Keywords

Scale - A scale is a number line with equal divisions for equal values.

Horizontal - A horizontal line goes side to side, like the horizon

### Licence

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## Worksheet

## Starter quiz

### 6 Questions

## Exit quiz

### 6 Questions

a number line with equal divisions or values

a line that goes side to side, like the horizon

values greater than zero

values less than zero