Year 4 Expectations

This page provides information for parents and carers on the end of year expectations for year 4 children in our school.

The teachers have identified these expectations as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress throughout the following year. All the objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be the focus of direct teaching. Any extra support you can provide in helping your children to achieve these is greatly valued.

If you have any queries regarding the content of this page or want support in knowing how best to help your child, please talk to your child’s teacher.


  • Give a personal point of view on a text
  • Re-explain a text with confidence
  • Justify inferences with evidence, predicting what might happen from details stated or implied
  • Use appropriate voices for characters within a story
  • Recognise apostrophe of possession (plural)
  • Identify how sentence type can be changed by altering word order, tenses, adding/deleting words or amending punctuation
  • Explain why a writer has used different sentence types or a particular word order and the effect it has created
  • Skim & scan to locate information and/or answer a question


  • Vary sentence structure, using different openers
  • Use adjectival phrases (e.g. biting cold wind)
  • Use appropriate choice of noun or pronoun
  • Use fronted adverbials
  • Use apostrophe for plural possession
  • Use a comma after fronted adverbial (e.g. Later that day, I heard bad news.)
  • Use commas to mark clauses
  • Use inverted commas and other punctuation to punctuate direct speech
  • Use paragraphs to organised ideas around a theme
  • Use connecting adverbs to link paragraphs
  • Write with increasing legibility, consistency and fluency


  • Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers
  • Compare and order numbers beyond 1,000
  • Compare and order numbers with up to 2 decimal places
  • Read Roman numerals to 100
  • Find 1,000 more/less than a given number
  • Count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000
  • Recall and use multiplication and division facts for all tables to 12 x 12
  • Recognise place value of any 4-digit number
  • Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000
  • Round decimals with 1dp to nearest whole number
  • Add and subtract: numbers with up to 4-digits using written columnar method
  • Multiply: 2-digit by 1-digit, 3-digit by 1-digit
  • Count up/down in hundredths
  • Recognise and write equivalent fractions
  • Add and subtract fractions with same denominator
  • Read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 24 hour clocks

In 2019 the children in year 4 will be expected to take a multiplication tables check. The Department for Education (DfE) are delivering a government manifesto commitment: ‘all children to know their times tables by the time they leave key-stage 2(KS2) education’. In 2016 the government signalled its intention to introduce a multiplication tables check during key stage 2. In 2017, DfE announced that the check would be delivered to Year 4 pupils with a national pilot in 2019 with the check being mandatory in 2020.


Welcome to Harrold Primary Academy

Harrold Primary School is a happy, caring and supportive school. We have a great team of teachers and support staff that work hard to ensure that all the children make good progress. Our vision is that every child has the right to an high quality of learning, where they are treated with respect in a safe learning environment. We strive to ensure that children reach their full potential, are well-equipped for when they leave primary school, and are able to continue achieving throughout secondary school.

To find out more about the school, please read through our website and do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to visit the school.