IELTS Speaking Part 1 Primary School: Take time studying the sample answers to the topic questions, primary school. This is one of the recent IELTS Speaking Part 1 topics so make sure to learn some topic vocabulary and collocations so you can develop better answers.

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ielts speaking part 1 primary school

A primary schooler drawing on the table. ©Jerry Wang




What did you like the most when you were in primary school?


(Answer 1)


Well, I enjoyed everything about my primary school. I loved my classmates, my teachers, my classes, my school, and most especially the time when my friends and I spent time at the playground. I really had lovely memories of my primary school days and I really treasure them.


(Answer 2)


Wow, so many years have passed since I went to primary school. Anyway, attending the Physical Education class was my favorite. I was more into sports activities since I wasn’t an academically inclined student.




Treasure [verb as used in the answer] – cherish

Academically inclined [expression] – to be more into studying 

Be into [phrase] – to be very interested in something 



How did you go to your primary school?


(Answer 1)


More often than not, I just went to school on foot since the school was just a stone’s throw away from our house. The distance was just too convenient that I had a lot of instances where I went to school late. 


(Answer 2)


I went there by bus, especially when both of my parents were so busy that they couldn’t take me to school by car. But honestly, I did enjoy going to school by bus at a very young age since I learned how to be independent which made streetsmart. 




More often than not [phrase] – usually

A stone’s throw away [idiom] – a short distance

Street-smart [adj.] – someone who knows how to deal with difficult or dangerous situations especially in big cities



How do you like your primary school?


(Answer 1)


Well, as I said earlier, I love everything about my primary school. That’s where I started to acquire education and more importantly gained friends that eventually became my lifetime friends. 


(Answer 2)


My school was actually a sectarian school so I learned a particular religious belief that I adhered to. That school helped me mold my personality thanks to the doctrine that our teachers taught us. That’s actually the most wonderful thing that I love about my school. 




Acquire [verb] – obtain

Sectarian school [noun] – a school that strongly practices a certain religious belief

Adhere [verb] – to believe in and follow the practices 

Mold [verb] – influence; guide; shape

Doctrine [noun] – a belief or set of beliefs by a church, religious group, etc.



What did you do in your leisure time in your primary school?


(Answer 1)


As I was a hyperactive child, I was running around the school’s playground with my friends during our break time or before we went home. I spent time sliding, swinging, climbing on the monkey bars, playing tug of war, and the like. Remembering those passing days at this very moment is really bittersweet. 


(Answer 2)


Well, like what normal kids do, playing. I played some sports with my friends or played hide and seek or just spent time enjoying the playground in our school. It was lovely actually because I made some good friends who weren’t my classmates. 




Hyperactive [adj.] – extremely active 

Run around [phrasal verb] – to run in different directions in one area

Tug of war [noun] – a contest in which two teams pull at the opposite ends of a rope until one team is dragged over the central line 

Bittersweet [adj.] – containing sadness and happiness 



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Talking about a primary school in your actual IELTS speaking exam is not hard at all, as long as you some ideas and you know how to use the right topic vocabulary and collocations. Make sure you know some descriptions of a  primary school as those can immensely help you express your ideas better. Best of luck!


Meaning of Words and Phrases Sources: 1, 2

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