Negative numbers on a number line
Home learning focus
Learn about negative numbers and how they can be identified.
- two videos
- two interactive activities
- one worksheet
In the below video, The Posh Pooch explains negative numbers with this song and movement routine. Move along at home!
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.
There are lots of fun ways to practise ordering negative numbers online and offline. Here are a few to try.
Put the numbers in order
Can you complete this simple activity to put the numbers in order from biggest to smallest.
Negative numbers quiz
There's more to learn
Have a look at these other resources around the BBC and the web.