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Numeracy and mathematics glossary

​This glossary has been developed for parents and carers of children and young people in the broad general education in Scottish schools. This includes nursery through to 4th year in secondary schools. It provides clear definitions of some of the commonly used terms in numeracy and mathematics. The glossary may also be useful to any others who have an interest in the learning and teaching of numeracy and mathematics, including teachers and learners.

The glossary has been divided into the 15 'organisers' within the numeracy and mathematics curriculum. To find out more about each organiser, and how it relates to real life contexts, read the document below:

PDF file: The importance of numeracy and mathematics (175 KB)

PDF file: The importance of numeracy and mathematics (Gaelic version) (196 KB)

The different organisers are:

​English versions

​Gaelic versions

Number, money and measure

PDF file: Estimation and rounding (174 KB)

PDF file: Expressions and equations (193 KB)

PDF file: Fractions, decimal fractions and percentages (303 KB)

PDF file: Mathematics - its impact on the world past, present and future (380 KB)

PDF file: Measurement (636 KB)

PDF file: Money (583 KB)

PDF file: Multiples, factors and primes (169 KB)

PDF file: Number and number processes (453 KB)

PDF file: Patterns and relationships (210 KB)

PDF file: Powers and roots (316 KB)

PDF file: Time (261 KB)

PDF file: Estimation and rounding (Gaelic version) (278 KB)

PDF file: Expressions and equations (Gaelic version) (315 KB)

PDF file: Fractions, decimal fractions and percentages (Gaelic version) (448 KB)

PDF file: Mathematics - its impact on the world past, present and future (Gaelic version) (380 KB)

PDF file: Measurement (Gaelic version) (968 KB)

PDF file: Money (Gaelic version) (835 KB)

PDF file: Multiples, factors and primes (Gaelic version) (160 KB)

PDF file: Number and number processes (Gaelic version) (826 KB)

PDF file: Patterns and relationships ​​(Gaelic version) (421 KB)

PDF file: Powers and roots (Gaelic version) (272 KB)

PDF file: Time (Gaelic version) (344 KB)

Shape, position and movement

PDF file: Angle, symmetry and transformation (373 KB)

PDF file: Properties of 2D shapes and 3D objects (472 KB)

PDF file: Angle, symmetry and transformation (Gaelic version) (373 KB)

PDF file: Properties of 2D shapes and 3D objects (Gaelic version) (864 KB)

Information handling

PDF file: Data and analysis

PDF file: Ideas of chance and uncertainty (161 KB)

PDF file: Data and analysis (Gaelic version) (496 KB)

PDF file: Ideas of chance and uncertainty (Gaelic version) (244 KB)

It has been organised in this way to make it easier to find the definition of the term you are looking for. For example, if looking for information on angles, you would select the organiser 'Angle, symmetry and transformation' by clicking on the link above. The document provides a list of all related terms, with a definition and in most cases, a supporting image. The terms are listed in alphabetical order to ensure easy access. Some terms appear in more than one organiser.

Words highlighted in blue are linked to further information available on other relevant websites.

Education Scotland understands that this glossary is not exhaustive and terms may be added.​

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