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Fourth grade, also called Grade 4, is a term used to refer to a year of elementary education in some countries. In North America (with which region the term is usually associated thanks to its repetition in widely disseminated media sources) the fourth grade is the fourth school year after kindergarten. Students are usually 9 or 10 years old, depending on their birthday. It is a part of elementary school, a school providing instruction for young pupils, comprising the first three, four, or five grades of a student's educational career. Examples of lessons taught include - larger place value; how to write a good summary; writing with transitions; how to read large numbers; writing with starter sentence; and detailed sentences.
In Brazil, the minimum age required for fourth grade was recently changed from 8 to 9 years old.
In The Netherlands, the fourth year of school is called group 6, and the pupils are 9 to 10 years old. Children start at school from the age of 4 till the age of 12 or 13. In Belgium it's called 4th (study) year. The children are also around the age 9 and 10.
In India, children enter Class 4 or 5 at ages 9 to 10.
In The Republic of Ireland, the equivalent is Fourth Class or Rang a Ceathair (for 9- to 10-year-olds) which is year 6 of Primary School.
New Zealand equivalent
In New Zealand, this level of class is called Standard 3 or Year 5. Children generally start this level between the ages of nine and ten.
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 that includes also the first grade, the second grade and the third grade. Students take final exams (provas finais) of Portuguese and mathematics at the end of the fourth grade since the school year of 2012/2013.
In England, the fourth year of school is called year 3, and the pupils are 7 to 8 years old. Fourth grade is the equivalent of 'Year 5' in England and Wales, Primary 6 in Northern Ireland and Primary 6 in Scotland - the fifth year of compulsory education in England and Wales, and the sixth in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
In the United States, the average age is 9-10. In mathematics, fourth graders are usually taught how to add and subtract common fractions and decimals. Long division is also generally introduced here, and addition, subtraction, and multiplication of whole numbers is extended to larger numbers.
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