Year 4 Non-Negotiables




apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes (morphology and etymology), both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words that they meet
Comprehension and Understanding
  • Give a personal point of view on a text.
  • Can re-explain a text with confidence.
  • Discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader
  • Summarising the main ideas drawn from more than 1 paragraph, identifying key details that support the main ideas
Prediction, Inference and deduction

Intonation and expression

Justify inferences with evidence, predicting what might happen from details stated or implied.
Intonation and Expression Use appropriate voices for characters within a story.


Identify how sentence type can be changed by altering word order, tenses, adding/deleting words or amending punctuation.
Research Skims and scans to locate information and/or answer a question.


Sentence and text structure
  • Vary sentence structure, using different openers.
  • Use adjectival phrases (e.g. biting cold wind).
  • Appropriate choice of noun or pronoun.
Spelling proofread for spelling and punctuation errors
  • Apostrophe for singular and plural possession.
  • Comma after fronted adverbial (e.g. Later that day, I heard bad news).
  • Use commas to mark clauses.
Paragraphing Use connectives to link paragraphs.
Handwriting Legible, joined handwriting of consistent quality.


Counting and ordering Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers

Compare and order numbers beyond 1000

Compare and order numbers with 2 decimal places

Read Roman Numerals to 100

Numbers and more/less Find 1000 more/less from a given number
Tables and multiples Count in multiples of 7,9, 25 and 1000

Recall and use multiplication and division facts for all tables to 12×12.

Bonds and facts
Place value and rounding Recognise place value of any 4 digit number

Round any number to the nearest 10, 100, 1000

Round decimals with 1 decimal point to the nearest whole number




Add and subtract: Numbers with up to 4 digits using efficient written method (column), numbers with up to 1 decimal point
Calculations (division/ multiplication) Multiply: 2 digit by 1 digit, 3 digit by 1 digit

Divide: 3 digit by 1 digit

Fractions and


Count up/down in hundredths

Write equivalent fractions

Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator

Time Read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 24 hour clocks.