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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 sixth year of school is called year 4 (starting with nursery- or kindergarten- then reception, then year 1, year2, year3, then year 4), and the pupils are 8 to 9 years old. 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 fifth year of compulsory education in England and Wales, and the sixth in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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4th Grade in the United States is a grade or level in which students need to be about 9-10 years old. Students study subjects such as math, science, English grammar, writing, literature, and history (often their state of residence during 4th grade). Most schools also offer health, music, art, and physical education.
In Spain, Primary School (from 6 to 12) and Secondary School (13 to 16) are compulsory for all the children. 4th grade is called cuarto curso or cuarto de primaria (4th of Primary School). Primary School starts at six years old, so Students usually start 4th grade the year of their tenth birthday. However, there may be eleven years old students because the educational system allows to repeat a year once through the Primary School.
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