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Third grade (also called grade three, equivalent to Primary 4 in the UK) is a year of primary education in many countries. It is the third school year of primary school. Students are usually 8–9 years old, depending on when their birthday occurs.


Examples of the American syllabusEdit

Grade 3 students learn how to work on projects on their own and with others. This may start as early as second and first grade as well. Social skills, empathy and leadership are considered by some educators[citation needed] to be as important to develop as the academic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic.

Brazilian equivalentEdit

In Brazil, children begin their first year of elementary school at age 6 or 7 depending on their birthdate. Therefore, the 3rd year of elementary school is typically for students of 8–9 years of age.

British equivalentEdit

At the same age, Scottish and Welsh pupils are in their fourth year of compulsory education. In Northern Ireland pupils are in "Primary 4", their fourth year of compulsory education.

In England, the year of school that is the same age as 3rd Grade is Year 4, which is the fourth year of compulsory education. Most children start one year earlier however, in the Reception class.[1]

Canadian equivalentEdit

In Canada, the year is called Grade 3, and the pupils are known as "3rd grade".

French equivalentEdit

In France, children aged 8 join CE2 ("Cours élémentaire deuxième année"), the third school year of primary school. It was formerly called "neuvième" (ninth year before Terminale, the "baccalauréat" year).[2]

Indian equivalentEdit

In India children enter Class 3 or 4 at ages 8 to 9.[3]

Irish equivalentEdit

In the Republic of Ireland, the equivalent is Third Class or Rang a trí (for 9-10 year olds) which is the fifth year of Primary School.

New Zealand equivalentEdit

In New Zealand, this level of class is called Standard 2 or Year 4. Children generally start this level between the ages of eight and nine.

Portuguese equivalentEdit

In Portugal, the third grade (terceiro ano, 3.º ano) is the third year of the four-year 1.º Ciclo do Ensino Básico that includes also the first grade, the second grade and the fourth grade.[4]

Spanish equivalentEdit

In Spain for children from 8 to 9 years old is also the third year of elementary education (tercero de EGB). Also, elementary education is further subdivided into three stages. This is the first year in the second stage or Ciclo Medio in Spanish.


  1. ^ "The national curriculum - GOV.UK". Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  2. ^ Education in France#Primary education
  3. ^ Primary education#India
  4. ^ "Ensino Básico e Secundário". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2012-10-15.
Preceded by
Second grade
Third grade
age 8-9
Succeeded by
Fourth grade