Negative numbers on a number line

Home learning focus

Learn about negative numbers and how they can be identified.

This includes:

  • two videos
  • two interactive activities
  • one worksheet


Watch Jerry and Albert find out what a negative number is and how to count below zero. You can learn more in KS2 Maths

In the below video, The Posh Pooch explains negative numbers with this song and movement routine. Move along at home!

Negative numbers

Numbers don't just stop at zero. When you count backwards from zero, you go into negative numbers.

Positive numbers are more than zero: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc.

Negative numbers are less than zero: -1, -2, -3, -4, -5, etc.

A number line can be used to order negative and positive numbers.

Zero, 0, is neither positive nor negative.

Further your knowledge of negative numbers with this study book from Collins and try the quick test at the end.

Negative numbers and sequences


There are lots of fun ways to practise ordering negative numbers online and offline. Here are a few to try.

Activity 1

Put the numbers in order

Can you complete this simple activity to put the numbers in order from biggest to smallest.

Activity 2

Negative numbers quiz

Activity 3

Worksheet - Negative numbers

Now can you complete all the challenges in this work sheet about negative numbers from Collins.

Negative number worksheet

Click here for answer sheet.

There's more to learn

Have a look at these other resources around the BBC and the web.

Bitesize Daily lessons
KS2 Maths
Primary games
5 - 7 Maths
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