Third grade

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Third grade (also called grade three, equivalent to Year 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 syllabus[edit]

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 equivalent[edit]

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 equivalent[edit]

At the same age, and Welsh pupils are in their fourth year of compulsory education. In Northern Ireland and Scottish 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 equivalent[edit]

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

French equivalent[edit]

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]

Greece equivalent[edit]

In Greece, the third school year of primary school is referred to as Third Grade of Primary (Triti - Τρίτη Δημοτικού)..

Indian equivalent[edit]

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

Irish equivalent[edit]

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 equivalent[edit]

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 equivalent[edit]

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 equivalent[edit]

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