The French Facebook was full of photos of children yesterday, as it was the first day of school in France - after summer vacations. There are about 360 elementary schools like this one in Paris ; children must attend when they reach the age of 6 and must go to the closest one to their home (however, parents can also choose to send their kids to a private school). There is only one teacher (we call them Professeur de écoles) per grade (except for drawing, music, sport...) and when they come out of this
45 year primary education, they are supposed to know how to read, write, understand grammar, conjugate, calculate, learn a little history and geography... Gosh, I'm glad this is over LOL! More on Wikipedia if you're interested?.