# The Number Line - PowerPoint

## Maths Resource Description

A number line is a fundamental tool in early years mathematics education, serving as a visual representation of numbers laid out in sequential order. This teaching resource is designed to help children grasp the concept of a number line, which can range in appearance but always maintains the same principle – numbers must be in the correct order. Number lines are incredibly versatile, aiding in the resolution of various numerical problems. They can extend to any range, such as up to 10 for beginners, and are pivotal in helping children understand the value and relationship of numbers to one another.

The utility of number lines lies in their capacity to instantly convey the comparative size of numbers. For instance, numbers to the right are always greater, with their value increasing as you move further right. Conversely, numbers to the left are smaller, and their value decreases as you move left. This clear visual cue enables children to quickly discern that a number like 3 is smaller than 8 because it appears to the left of 8 on the number line. Worksheets accompanying this resource guide students through exercises where they identify which numbers are greater or smaller, and also which ones are one more or one less than a given number, reinforcing their understanding of numerical order and value.