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Year 4

At the end of the year, most children should be able to:


Number and Place Value

  • count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1,000;
  • find 1,000 more or less than a given number;
  • count backwards through zero to include negative numbers;
  • recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number (thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones);
  • order and compare numbers beyond 1,000;
  • identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations;
  • round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000;
  • solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers; and
  • read Roman numerals to 100 (I to C) and know that over time, the numeral system changed to include the concept of zero and place value.



  • add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction where appropriate;
  • estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation;
  • solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why;
  • recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12;
  • use place value, known and derived facts to multiply and divide mentally, including: multiplying by 0 and 1; dividing by 1; multiplying together three numbers;
  • recognise and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations;
  • multiply two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using formal written layout; and
  • solve problems using the above.



  • recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions;
  • count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by one hundred and dividing tenths by ten;
  • solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities, and fractions to divide quantities, including non-unit fractions where the answer is a whole number;
  • add and subtract fractions with the same denominator;
  • recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths;
  • recognise and write decimal equivalents to 1/4, 1/2, 3/4;
  • find the effect of dividing a one- or two-digit number by 10 and 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths;
  • round decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number;
  • compare numbers with the same number of decimal places up to two decimal places; and
  • solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to two decimal places.



  • convert between different units of measure [for example, kilometre to metre; hour to minute];
  • measure and calculate the perimeter of a rectilinear figure (including squares) in centimetres and metres;
  • find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares;
  • estimate, compare and calculate different measures, including money in pounds and pence;
  • read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12- and 24-hour clocks; and
  • solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds; years to months; weeks to days.



  • compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes;
  • identify acute and obtuse angles and compare and order angles up to two right angles by size;
  • identify lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes presented in different orientations;
  • complete a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry;
  • describe positions on a 2-D grid as coordinates in the first quadrant;
  • describe movements between positions as translations of a given unit to the left/right and up/down; and
  • plot specified points and draw sides to complete a given polygon.




  • interpret and present discrete and continuous data using appropriate graphical methods, including bar charts and time graphs; and
  • solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs.