Higher Primary (Hi-er -Pri -merry) - Primary education sets the foundation for learning more difficult academic material. Try to think of a child's educational career as a building. The first four years, kindergarten through third grade, are the foundation and each year after that is another floor. The strength and security of the building depend on how strong that foundation is and conversely, if the foundation is weak, it will not be able to support the elevating floors. Most teachers would agree that students who have trouble in those first years of primary school have a hard time with material from grade four on.