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# Subtracting small numbers

I can subtract numbers below 10 using efficient strategies.

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Year 3

# Subtracting small numbers

I can subtract numbers below 10 using efficient strategies.

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## Lesson details

### Key learning points

1. When the subtrahend is bigger than the ones value of the minuend, we will have to bridge through 10
2. Composition of numbers to 10 allows us to partition numbers when we are subtracting.
3. Composition of numbers to 10 allows us to bridge through ten when subtracting.

### Common misconception

Difference can only be found by counting back.

Difference can be calculated by subtracting the subtrahend from the minuend or by counting between the subtrahend and the minuend.

### Keywords

• Minuend - The minuend is the number being subtracted from.

• Subtrahend - A subtrahend is a number subtracted from another.

• Difference - The difference is the result after subtracting one number from another.

Pupils need to understand that subtraction is the inverse of addition. Addition facts can help with solving subtraction calculations. Tens frames, bar models and number lines can all be used to represent subtraction problems.
Teacher tip

### Licence

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## Starter quiz

### 6 Questions

Q1.
What is one less than 7?
Q2.
What is the missing number in the equation?
Q3.
Match the one less questions to the correct answer.
Correct Answer:What is one less than 6?,5

5

Correct Answer:What is one less than 8? ,7

7

Correct Answer:What is one less than 10? ,9

9

Correct Answer:What is one less than 9? ,8

8

Q4.
Which equation could Alex use to find the missing number in this bar model?
Correct answer: 8 − 3 =
8 + 3 =
3 − 8 =
Q5.
What is the answer to this equation?
Q6.
Izzy has nine cherries. She eats three. How many cherries are left?
12
8
7

## Exit quiz

### 6 Questions

Q1.
Complete: 5 + 4 = 9 so 9 − 5 =
Q2.
Alex has six cherries. He eats three of them. How many are left?
4
5
6
Q3.
What is 9 in this equation? 9 − 2 = 7
the subtrahend
the difference
Q4.
Which equation is represented by the number line?
9 − 3 = 6
9 + 3 = 6
9 + 6 = 3
Correct answer: 9 − 6 = 3
Q5.
What is the difference between 9 and 11?
Q6.
Match each equation to the answer.

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