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primary school

noun
1.
a school usually covering the first three or four years of elementary school and sometimes kindergarten.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805
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Examples from the web for primary school
  • There is a veterinary clinic, a health center and a primary school, but few other signs of permanence.
  • It has a primary school, running water and some drainage.
  • The relevant skills were simple numeracy and literacy, taught in primary school.
  • Only later did nations reach a verdict on whether it was acceptable to target a munitions factory next to a primary school.
  • Conservation is something being taught in primary school.
  • Then a former student of my father started a primary school in a town closer to school.
  • Nobody in her family has ever finished primary school.
  • She taught in a primary school and said this was one of her first times speaking with a foreigner.
British Dictionary definitions for primary school

primary school

noun
1.
(in Britain) a school for children below the age of 11. It is usually divided into an infant and a junior section
2.
(in the US and Canada) a school equivalent to the first three or four grades of elementary school, sometimes including a kindergarten
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Encyclopedia Article for primary school

in many countries, an elementary school. It is the preferred term in such countries as Great Britain and France (French ecole primaire) and in most publications of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. In the United States it is not a synonym but denotes only the first years of elementary education-specifically, kindergarten and grades 1 through 3.

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