How to find 1000 more or less than a given number. To become efficient at counting, we need to be able to count in different ways so that we can solve harder problems quickly and without confusion. Counting in steps of 1000 is really useful when reading measurements, scales or even solving problems involving large sums of money. If we had to count in ones when looking at much bigger numbers, it would take far to long and we would lose count, or lose interest!

When we have a clear understanding of place value, counting in 1000s is easy. You can easily see which digit is increasing or decreasing as you count so you can predict the next number in the sequence.