Primary School

Did you like primary school? What did you like to do when you were in primary school? What did you do in your free time at primary school?
  • Act up (phrasal verb) - if a person, especially a child, acts up, they behave badly.
  • Reprimand (verb) - to express to someone your strong official disapproval of them.
  • Come into your own - to be very useful or successful in a particular situation.
  • Drop off someone/something (phrasal verb) - to take someone or something, esp. by car, to a particular place.
  • Catchment area (noun) - the area served by a school.
  • Climbing frame (noun) - a large frame made of bars that children can climb on.
  • Bark chippings (noun) - small pieces of tree bark used chiefly for pathways in gardens or woodland.
Questions and answers
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M: Rory, did you like primary school?

R: Well, not overly so. I used to act up a bit and I was constantly getting in trouble and being reprimanded. I didn't really come into my own until after high school.

M: What did you like to do when you were in primary school?

R: Apart from causing trouble? Actually I quite liked writing and anything connected to language. We used to have storybooks. They're similar to copy books in Russia. And we used to write about our weekends in them and write different fictional texts. That was quite fun.

M: How did you go to primary school?

R: Well, first, my parents would drop me off. But as I got older, I would walk there and back in the morning and mid afternoon. Our home was well within the catchment area, so it wasn't really a big problem.

M: What did you do in your free time at primary school?
R: We didn't get much to be honest, just break time and lunchtime. But we had climbing frames to play on with bark chippings underneath just so that you didn't hurt yourself if you fell. There were always large grass playing fields to run around on, and trees to climb on. And I think oh, yeah, we had concrete grounds with permanent games painted on them. I think you can get chalk and draw your own on the ground if you wanted to as well.

M: Thank you, Rory, for your childish answers!
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