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Fourth grade (also called grade four, equivalent to Year 5 in England and Wales) is a year of Elementary education in some countries. In North America, the fourth grade is the fifth school year of elementary school. Students are usually 9 or 10 years old, depending on their birthday, unless they started school at an earlier or later date than the average student. It can be considered a part of elementary school, traditionally providing instruction for young pupils in grades 3, 4 or 5. This can vary in different school districts; in some, fourth grade is the first or second year of intermediate school. In others, it may be the last year of elementary.
In Argentina, the minimum age required for the fourth grade is between 9 and 10 years old . In this situation, the children who are in the middle of primary school perform the "confirmation of loyalty to the homeland". This is an act in which a child will have to take an oath to defend Argentina for the rest of his or her life. Sometimes children take a trip to Rosario, where they raise the National Flag Memorial (Argentina).
In Australia, this level of class is called Year 4. Children generally start this level between the ages of nine and ten.
In Canada, the fourth year of elementary education is referred to as Grade 4. Fourth grade is the fourth and final year of elementary schooling in Canada. However in some provinces such Ontario, it is the second-last year of elementary schooling. Fifth grade is the last year of elementary schooling in such cases.
The Dutch and Belgian equivalent
In The Netherlands, the fourth year of school is called group 6, and the pupils are 9 to 10 years old. Children start school at the age of 4 and end school at the ages of 12 or 13. In Belgium, it is called 4th (study) year. The children are also between the ages of 9 and 10.
In Greece, the fourth school year of primary education school is referred to as the Fourth Grade of Primary (Tetarti - Τετάρτη Δημοτικού).
In India, where children enter Class 4 at the ages 9 to 10 it is called Lower Primary, it is known as the fourth grade. 5-7 standard categories as Upper Primary(UP). Lower Primary gives the basic education necessary for a kid and when they gets to the UP section, advanced knowledge will be provided as lessons or modules.
New Zealand's equivalent
In Portugal, what North Americans would call the fourth grade (quarto ano, 4º ano to Portuguese people) is the fourth and last year of the four-year 1º Ciclo do Ensino Básico which also includes the first grade, the second grade, and the third grade. Students take final exams (provas finais) for Portuguese and Mathematics at the end of the fourth grade since the school year of 2012/2013.
In England, compulsory education begins with the first new term of the Reception year following a child's 5th birthday. In practice, many children enter Reception at the beginning of the school year, aged 4. Fourth grade is the equivalent of 'Year 5' (ages 9–10) in England and Wales, Primary 6 in Northern Ireland and Primary 6 in Scotland - the sixth year of compulsory education in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
United States' equivalent
In the United States, most children enter the public school education system at age(s) 5–6 to start the Kindergarten. Children are divided into year groups or grades based on age; in Fourth Grade students are usually 9–10 years old and typically attending an Elementary or Primary School. Standard subjects include maths, sciences, English, grammar, writing, literature, and history (often including history of the founding of the United States, and that depending on which State the school is in may include Regional and local area history based on verified primary sources). Some other subjects taught may include garden skills, livestock care, environmental sustainability, home economics, music, nutrition. Most schools also offer health, music, art, and physical education. In the United States as of 2019, 41 states have implemented Common Core State Standards Initiative standards for English/Language Arts and Mathematics
In Spain, Primaria (6 to 12 years old) is compulsory for all children. 4th grade is called cuarto de Primaria or simply cuarto curso. Primaria starts at six years old, so students usually start 4th grade on the year of their tenth birthday.
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