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End of year expectations for Year 4


A guide for parents and carers

This booklet provides information for parents/carers on the end of year National Curriculum expectations for children in this year group. The children will be working throughout the year towards achieving these expectations and will be assessed against them at regular intervals throughout the year. You will have the opportunity to discuss progress against these expectations at parents evening.


  • Counts in multiples of six, seven, nine, 25 and 1,000
  • Counts backwards through zero to include negative numbers
  • Orders and compares numbers beyond 1,000
  • Rounds any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000
  • Solves addition and subtraction two-step problems in context, deciding which operations and methods to use and why
  • Recalls multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 x 12
  • Recognises and shows, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions
  • Rounds decimals with one decimal place to the nearest whole number
  • Solves simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to two decimal places
  • Converts between different units of measure eg kilometre to metre; hour to minute
  • Compares and classifies geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes
  • Identifies lines of symmetry in two dimensional shapes presented in different orientations
  • Plots specified points and draws sides to complete a given polygon
  • Solves comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs


  • Applies a growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes (etymology and morphology) - as listed in English appendix 1 of the national curriculum document - both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words that are met
  • Listens to and discusses a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks
  • Uses dictionaries to check the meaning of words that have been read
  • Identifies themes and conventions in a wide range of books
  • Reads further exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound and where these occur in the word
  • Checks that the text makes sense to the individual, discussing his understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context
  • Draws inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions and justifies inferences with evidence
  • Predicts what might happen from details stated and implied
  • Identifies main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and summarises these
  • Retrieves and records information from non-fiction


  • Organises paragraphs around a theme
  • In narratives, creates settings, characters and plot
  • Proof-reads for spelling and punctuation errors
  • Writes from memory simple sentences, dictated by the teacher, that include words and punctuation taught so far
  • Uses standard English forms for verb inflections instead of local spoken forms
  • Uses fronted adverbials
  • Can choose an appropriate pronoun or noun within and across sentences to aid cohesion and avoid repetition
  • Uses inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech