Year 4 – Lower Key Stage 2

Year 4

Year 4 is when children are encouraged to develop their independent thinking, learning, and decision-making. Year 4 is also often the year that children earn their ‘pen licence’ –every child desires this accolade, and it can be an anxious time for children who struggle with handwriting. We spend time honing our students’ handwriting skills, allowing them the opportunity to build their stamina and presentation in every lesson.


  • Spoken language – listen and respond, justify and articulate, discuss, present and evaluate
  • Word reading – build vocabulary and understanding of unfamiliar words
  • Comprehension – drawing inferences, identifying main ideas, retrieving and recording
  • Transcription – prefixes and suffixes, homophones, possessive apostrophes, irregular plurals and dictation
  • Handwriting – improve volume, legibility, quality and consistency of a joined-up style
  • Composition – composing and rehearsing sentences, settings, characters and plots, paragraphs, evaluating, editing and improving
  • Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation – extending sentences using conjunctions, present perfect tense, using nouns and pronouns and fronted adverbials effectively


  • Number and place value – recognising place value in four-digit numbers, rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000, read, write, order and compare numbers beyond 1000,
  • Addition and subtraction – add and subtract four-digit numbers using column method and begin to solve two-step problems
  • Multiplication and division – recall multiplication facts up to 12×12, multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 and multiply and divide 2 and 3-digit numbers by one -digit using a formal written layout
  • Fractions – equivalent fractions, counting in tenths and hundredths, find fractions of quantities, add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and recognise decimal equivalents
  • Measurement – using standard units to measure, time-telling to the nearest five minutes in digital and analogue, counting and problem solving with money
  • Measurement – converting and problem solving with different measure of length, weight and mass
  • Shape – properties of triangles and quadrilaterals, identifying angles and finding lines of symmetry
  • Statistics – interpret and present data and solve problems using information in graphs, pictograms and charts

Did you know that…

Your child will start getting more homework in Year 4. In the Summer Term, children will complete the Year 4 multiplication tables check, when children will be expected to recall their times tables from 1 to 12 in a timed test. At the beginning of every lesson, we use a range of times tables games such as ‘Daily 10’ and bingo to prepare children for this.

Group Classes

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What Our Parents Say…

“Henry said he really enjoyed it… his words were “I didn’t even need to go to the toilet!”. This is a major breakthrough as it’s usually his go-to excuse to get out of learning. His concentration can be all over the place at times but it’s the most engaged I’ve seen him for a long time. From a parents’ point of view, I felt it was well structured, the content was explained clearly and Henry seemed happy to learn.”
Aimee Taylor, mum of Henry Year 4
“Oscar came out of school today as proud as punch – they have had tests this week and he achieved 100% in his reading/comprehension test. His teacher said in all his years teaching he has never had a yr4 student get 100%. I have NO DOUBT that this is due to the lessons he’s been doing with Golden Brain. You have absolutely turned a light on in Oscar and helped him see that a little extra effort really, really pays.”
Rowan Laidlaw, mum of Oscar Year 4
“Wow! Different child! She’s totally got it. Thank you so much. She’s really proud of herself!”
Katy King, mum of Lucy, Year 4
“Thank you very much for all of these sessions. I am really pleased to find your academy, honestly your school is a hidden gem on Facebook. I have been looking for a support like this for a while.”
Nuray Tanis, mum of Maya , Year 4
“Thank you, Shay absolutely loves his lessons, especially the creative writing lessons, he came down so happy, stating he is actually looking forward to using the new skills he’s learnt with you!! From a boy who has suffered from anxiety, it was a wonderful statement. He’s delighted, he said it’s your brilliant teaching. In his words he learns more from you in one hour, than he does all day at school!! Sincere thanks.”
Claudia Vaughan, mum of Shay, Year 4
“Herbie is really on fire with maths at the moment! I was just saying to my husband today thank god for the GBA lessons over the last year!!”
Rowena Summers, mum of Herbie, Year 4

Frequently Asked Questions

Some children find timetables recall more challenging than others. All children learn in different ways and what works for some, does not work for others. We have found that the most effective technique is ‘little and often’ Ask your child to play ‘Hit the Button’ on their tablet for five minutes every morning or play bingo for ten minutes before bedtime. We use a range of games and quizzes in our lessons to build confidence and recall with multiplication facts and even the most reluctant learner can be a ‘whizz’ in no time.
Fronted adverbials are an English curriculum favourite of recent years. As a primary child of the 80s, I have no memory of this term and I am sure many of you feel the same. In fact, I managed to achieve a first-class degree in English with no knowledge of fronted adverbials whatsoever! However, I must admit, that I am now a convert. Fronted adverbials are basically sentence starters which allow writers to avoid using ‘the, a, it or I’, which makes stories sound like lists. We use a range of devices to teach children how to use fronted adverbials effectively, including ‘ISPACE’, ‘DADWAVERS’ and slow writing and it is like riding a bike, once learned, never forgotten.

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