Posted by Peter on 12th February 2009

Maths vocabulary: year 6 fractions, decimals and percentages

vocab-y6-fractions-pngThis list contains the key vocabulary for Fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio in year 6.
Children will have come across all these words in earlier years, but by the end of year 6 (10/11 yr old) they should have a good understanding of all of them

Fraction   proper fraction     improper fraction

Numerator      denominator

Equivalent        reduced to                 cancel

Half                   quarter                       eighth

Third          sixth                ninth           twelfth

Fifth           tenth                twentieth

Hundredth             thousandth

Proportion            decimal fraction

Decimal point                decimal place

percentage            per cent           %

When spelling the word twelfth often causes problems. They are all shown in a larger font below if you want to cut them out and print them.

If you are unsure of any of the meanings try one of the free online maths dictionaries such as at or
(Taken from Mathematical Vocabulary Book  DfEE)

Year 6 vocabulary: fractions, decimals and percentages

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