Use the symbols <, > and = to compare amounts

Introduced in the Year 2 curriculum as: "Compare and order lengths, mass, volume/capacity and record the results using >, < and ="

We can use the symbols > < and = to describe amounts that are greater than, less than or equal to each other.


Example 1:

5 is greater than 3

So, we can say that 5 > 3


Example 2:

7 is less than 10

So, we can say that 7 < 10


Example 3:

2 x 5 is equal to 10

So, we can say that 2 x 5 = 10


Example 4:

99 < 100 99 is less than 100.


Example 5:

2 + 3 > 6

We know 2 + 3 = 5

Is 5 > 6?

No. This is false. 5 is not greater than 6.


Example 6:

2 + 3 [ ] 2 x 2

What symbol is missing?

Well, we know that 2 + 3 = 5 and 2 x 2 = 4

So, 5 [ ] 4

Is 5 greater than 4? Yes!

So, we can use the > symbol.

5 > 4


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