First Subtraction Worksheets

Here is our collection of subtraction worksheets for children starting out with this important maths skill. We have worksheets that help with subtraction by crossing out, by counting back, and by number bonds, as well as some colourful and themed worksheets to add interest to the classroom.

Addition and Subtraction Story Sums Within 100

Here are 8 story sum cards with "real life" problems for the kids to solve with their addition and subtraction skills. All answers are within 100.

Addition and Subtraction Story Sums Within 20

Here's a mixed set of story sums to help children practise addition and subtraction within 20 - and put the use of maths into an everyday context.

Addition and Subtraction Story Sums Within 50

Show children how the maths they are learning applies to real life with these interesting addition and subtraction story sum cards, all within 50.

Bear Fact Families Blank

Use this "bear fact families" blank to work on any fact families with the kids. Write three numbers on the tulips and then ask the children to write the 4 number sentences that make up the fact family on the bear's tummy.

Bee Hive Adding and Subtracting Within 20

Help the bees solve the addition and subtraction problems on these fun worksheets. There are 2 sets of problems in the pack to provide plenty of practice, all within 20.

Bee Hive Adding and Subtracting Within 50

Practise addition and subtractionn with 50 with these 2 pages of mixed problems - perfect for summer or a minibeast topic, or just a fun way to perk up maths practise at anytime.

Colourful Subtraction Worksheets

These five fun worksheets provide practice for simple subtraction practice (all numbers below 10) - and there's colouring in involved, too!

Cross Them Out Subtraction Cards

These fun double-sided cards have been designed to help children understand subtraction by crossing out with some hands-on practice.

Fact Family Dinosaur Blank

Have a look at our Fact Family Dinosaurs to 10 to see how we draw spots on the neck, back and tail of the dinosaur for the kids to count and use in the fact family number sentences.

Fact Family Dinosaurs to 10

Count the spots on the neck, tail and back of the dinosaur, then use the results to write the 4 fact family number sentences. There's nothing like a friendly dinosaur to help with some maths! There are 8 worksheets in this pack, featuring the following fact families:

Fact Family Dinosaurs to 20

There are 2 fact family problems on each of these 5 worksheets, giving 10 lots of fact family practice (up to 20) in total. Count the spots on the dinosaur and then write the 4 fact family number sentences next to it.

Fact Family Worksheets Set 1

These simple worksheets provide 3 numbers and ask the children to write out 2 addition facts and 2 subtraction facts for each set - in other words, the fact family. There are 4 worksheets in total, available in UK and US school fonts.

Fact Family Worksheets Set 2

Here is a set of 4 worksheets designed to give children plenty of practice with fact families between 11 and 20. The more they practise, the more they understand!

Fill in the Hearts Subtraction

The fourth of our cute fill in the heart worksheets is on subtraction. Children need to use the numbers on the bear's heart to complete the sums.

Football Shirts Subtraction 1 to 10

Practice your subtraction (1 to 10) with this fun football themed worksheet.

Football Shirts Subtraction 1 to 5

Simple subtraction (1 to 5) with a football shirt or T-shirt theme!

Ghost Subtraction Worksheet

Count the ghosts in each group and write the number below it, then have a go at these simple subtraction sums. Fun for Halloween!

Make a Fact Family Mat Blank

You can print this "make a fact family" mat onto white or coloured paper and laminate it for repeat use with dry wipe markers if you wish. Write 3 numbers on the children's T-shirts and then ask the children to write out the fact family in the spaces below.

Make a Fact Family Mats 11 to 20

There are 75 mats in this pack so you may want to print at a time, picking and choosing appropriate number bonds / fact families for the kids to work on. Use beads or other small objects to count out the facts using the circles on the mats if necessary.

Make a Fact Family Mats 3 to 10

There are 20 different fact family mats in this pdf file, so pick the ones you want to work on and print them out onto white or coloured card. We've written the 3 numbers for the fact family on the children's T-shirts. Now your kids need to write the fact families in the space below.

Spotty Snake Maths 2

Follow the instructions to draw dots on the snakes, and then answer the questions. Colourful dotty maths is fun!

Spotty Snakes Maths

Children can draw more spots onto the snakes to work out the answer to each problem, or solve them with subtraction within 20.

Subtracting from 5

All the sums on this fun worksheet are based on number bonds to 5. Children need to fill in the missing addend and write the equation beneath.

Subtracting with Number Bonds up to 5

Help Fred with his number bond subtraction sums on this simple worksheet, which drills number bonds up to 5.

Subtraction by Counting Back Worksheets Set 1

We provide a bead number line to help children count back 1, 2 or 3 to do these simple subtraction problems. There are 10 on each worksheet.

Subtraction by Counting Back Worksheets Set 2

We've provided a number line and a cheerful helper on each of these two worksheets, which give children practice at counting back to solve subtraction problems (with numbers less than 10).

Subtraction by Counting Back Worksheets Set 3

Practise subtraction within 20 - including sums that bridge 10 - with the help of a number line. There are 2 worksheets in this set.

Subtraction by Counting Back Worksheets Set 4

Here are two more worksheets to give children practice at subtracting within 20 using the counting back method. We've included an extra problem for them to think about too.

Subtraction by Crossing Out Worksheet Set 3

There are 4 worksheets in this set, which give children plenty of practice with subtraction by crossing out - starting with an example and some fun illustrations to keep them interested.

Subtraction by Crossing Out Worksheets Set 1

This set of 4 worksheets takes the kids through a number of simple subtraction sums with various pictorial methods of "crossing out" to get the answer. Fun!

Subtraction by Crossing Out Worksheets Set 2

By using a "ten tower" full of counters - which the children can cross out to work out these subtraction equations - children may be able to see the numbers to take away and the numbers left quickly and clearly and relate them to the number bonds they have already learned.

Subtraction by Crossing Out Worksheets Set 4

Here are two more worksheets giving children plenty of practice at using subtraction by crossing out within 20. On each worksheet we have done the first problem for them to show them how, and provide 9 more for them to do themselves.

Subtraction with Number Bonds Worksheets Set 1

Here are 4 pages of worksheets giving children plenty of practice at subtracting with number bonds - and Fred to cheer them along!

Subtraction with Number Bonds Worksheets Set 2

These worksheets are a fun way to make sure that children understand the "story" behind subtraction and see the connection to the number bonds they have already learned. There are 4 in total.

Subtraction with the Munching Method Example

This illustration shows how our Munching Monster might eat up 6 lollies in 2 bites - the first above the 10 and the second below - to find the answer to a subtraction problem.

Subtraction with the Munching Method Explanation

The "munching method" of subtraction is perfect for when sums bridge the 10 - for example, 16 - 8 = 8. This can be very tricky for children to grasp, but of course it is a skill which they will be called on to use often in adult life.

Subtraction with the Munching Method Worksheets Set 1

Subtraction that bridges 10 is a tricky skill for kids to master, but it can be fun if you use our munching method! Here is a set of 4 worksheets to get kids started.

Summer Food Story Sums Year 1

These story sum cards ask children to work out simple addition and subtraction problems (within 10) - all with an ice-cream and cupcake theme!

Teen Facts Subtraction Poster

This poster comes as pictured or with 2 fill-in-the-blank versions too. Whichever you choose, it's a fun way to help children begin to internalise and memorise these subtraction facts.

Train Ordering Cut and Paste Worksheet Subtracting to 10

Practising subtraction to 10 is fun with this set of 5 cut and paste train worksheets, which ask the children to do the calculation then put the carriages into order.

Valentine's Day Subtraction Worksheet

Young children will have fun practising their subtraction skills with this simple colouring-based Valentine's Day worksheet.