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Headstart in Numeracy

The children follow the National Numeracy Strategy.

The main objectives for Year 4 listed below are intended to give you an idea of some of the things your child should be able to do by the end of this year. Some targets maybe more complicated than they seem and so will involve your child meeting them more than once in the year and possibly again in the following year.


  • Use symbols correctly, including less than (<), greater than (>), equals (=).
  • Round any positive integer less than 1000 to the nearest 10 or 100.
  • Recognise simple fractions that are several parts of a whole, and mixed numbers; recognise the equivalence of simple fractions.
  • Use known number facts and place value to add or subtract mentally, including any pair of two-digit whole numbers.
  • Carry out column addition and subtraction of two integers less than 1000, and column addition of more than two such integers.
  • Know by heart facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 multiplication tables.
  • Derive quickly division facts corresponding to the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 multiplication tables.
  • Find remainders after division.
  • Know and use the relationships between familiar units of length, mass and capacity.
  • Classify polygons, using criteria such as number of right angles, whether or not they are regular, symmetry properties.
  • Choose and use appropriate number operations and ways of calculating (mental, mental with jottings, pencil and paper) to solve problems.