Mathematics and numeracy

​​​Learning mathematics gives children and young people access to the wider curriculum and the opportunity to pursue further studies which may lead to careers in fields including science, technology and engineering. It equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions.

Mathematics is rich and stimulating and offers learners of all ages the opportunity to solve problems, develop logical reasoning and think creatively, skills which are not only sought after by employers in today’s global economy, but are also essential life skills.


Numeracy is a skill which permeates and supports all areas of learning, allowing young people access to the wider curriculum and develop key skills for life and work. In our everyday lives we will regularly be required to estimate, use number processes, work with fractions and percentages, manage money and time, make measurements and read information from charts and tables.

Being numerate helps us to function responsibly in everyday life and contribute effectively to society. It increases our opportunities within the world of work and establishes foundations which can be built upon through lifelong learning.

What will my children learn?

Each area of the curriculum is broken down into experiences and outcomes. These are clear and concise statements about children's learning and progression from pre-school to S3. This stage of your child's education is known as the broad general education (BGE).

You can download and read the experiences and outcomes for numeracy and mathematics.

How can I support my child's learning?

Supporting numeracy at home provides simple ideas to build numeracy skills into everyday activities with your child.

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. It provides clear definitions of some of the commonly used terms in numeracy and mathematics.

Further information

Learn about the different mathematical areas and how they are used in everyday activities.

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

Related links

Nationals in a Nutshell
A series of summaries of the National 4 and National 5 qualifications from the National Parent Forum of Scotland.

SQA - Mathematics
Information and links for parents and learners studying for National Qualifications in mathematics.

PDF File: Numeracy in Social Studies (171 KB)