Mathematics (junior)

Where can I find information about maths (mathematics)?

Entry last updated: 4/10/23


Maths (short for mathematics) is all about numbers, patterns and shapes, and how you can learn to use them to solve math problems in everyday life.

Maths words

Here are some important words in mathematics:

Adding: Adding two or more numbers together to find the total.

Algebra: Using letters instead of numbers to solve maths problems eg a + b = 5.

Dividing: Dividing things into equal parts.

Fraction: The name for part of a whole, like a 'half' or 'quarter'.

Geometry: Working with shapes.

Measuring: Using a measuring tool (like a ruler or cup) to find the length or amount of something.

Multiplying: Multiplying numbers like 2 x 2 (including times tables).

Numbers: What we use to count things, like 1, 2, 3.

Subtracting: Taking one number away from another.

General websites

These websites are good places to start for maths questions.

Math is Fun

Math is Fun has lots of fun activities to help you practice your math skills.

  • You can choose your math topic from the tabs across the top of the page.

  • There are also games and puzzles for you to do online.

Tips: Math is fun is a .com website so don't forget to check the About link to find out about the company's beliefs.

Britannica School Primary

Britannica School is one of the EPIC resources and has lots of good information about maths.

  • Search for 'mathematics'.

  • Look down the page to see all the stories.

  • The story called Mathematics at a glance will tell you about the history of mathematics and famous mathematicians as well as listing important maths words.

  • Search for 'numbers' to find the story Numbers and number systems.

Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.


This is the website for a TV show from the BBC. It's all about adding, subtracting, and counting.

  • Choose a level eg Level 3 Numbers up to 20.

  • Watch a video like Eleven.


There are lots of books that can help you understand maths. Here are some titles that you may find in your school or public library:

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