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Maths is big part of Year 4 and will be taught for an hour each day. The focus for maths lessons will be fluency – learning and practicing new skills, reasoning and problem solving – applying the skills to solve real life situations and problems.


Children in year 4 are expected to know the multiplication facts up to and including

12 x12 and the related division facts. It is important that they know the facts off by heart as this will help them with more complex mental calculations.


From September, children will practise the following basic number and counting skills. They need to know them by heart and be able to apply them to their maths work.  Children need to practise these facts at home to reinforce learning from school to help them become fluent.


  • Count in multiples of 6,7,9,25 and 1000

  • Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers

  • Round numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000

  • Know all multiplication facts to 12x12

  • Count up and down in 1/5, 1/100’s

  • Know factor pairs for known multiplication facts.

  • Pairs of fractions that total 1 (with the same denominator)

  • Decimal compliments to 1 (1 dp, for example, 0.3 + 0.7)

  • Fraction/decimal equivalents of one half, quarters, tenths and hundredths (eg 0.3 = 3/10, 3/100 = 0.03).

  • Revise doubles of multiples of 10 and 100 and corresponding halves.

  • Know what number must be added to any 3 digit number to make the next multiple of 10 0( eg, 345 + 55 = 400)


Below are the national curriculum objectives we will be covering along with guidelines on learning times tables and details of the basic number skills that each child needs to know.

Number and Place Value

  • Count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000
  • Find 1000 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 1000
  • Identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations
  • Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000
  • Solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly large positive numbers
  • 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.

Addition and subtraction

  • 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.

Multiplication and division

  • 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
  • Solve problems involving multiplying and adding, including using the distributive law to multiply two digit numbers by one digit, integer scaling problems and harder correspondence problems such as n objects are connected to m objects.

Fractions (including decimals)

  • 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 ¼, ½, ¾
  • 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
  • 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

Geometry – Properties of shape

  • 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.

Geometry – position and direction

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs.
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