Primary school

A primary school (in Ireland, the United Kingdom,[1] Australia,[2] Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and South Africa), elementary school or grade school (in North America and the Philippines) is a school for primary education of children who are four to eleven years of age. Primary schooling follows pre-school and precedes secondary schooling.

A elementary school class in Japan
Elementary school in Višňové (Slovakia)
Classroom with chairs on desks in the Netherlands

The International Standard Classification of Education considers primary education as a single phase where programmes are typically designed to provide fundamental skills in reading, writing, and mathematics and to establish a solid foundation for learning. This is ISCED Level 1: Primary education or first stage of basic education.[3]


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