School term times
There are forty teaching weeks per year out of the fifty-two weeks. They are divided into spring term (twenty weeks) and autumn term (twenty weeks). During each term, about eighteen weeks are dedicated to teaching, one week for exam revision and one week for extra curriculum activity. During the teaching week, a student will have seven or eight hours for his/her class from Monday to Friday.
Morning: A student gets up about 7 am. Before going to school, he/she usually will have breakfast and do some reading out loud exercise (早读). After arriving at school, there is usually a school assembly (升旗仪式) before classes. Each class is about 45 minutes. There are four classes in the morning.
Lunch break: The lunch break usually starts at 11:30 when students either go home or stay at school to have lunch and take a nap. In some schools, afternoon classes start at 2 pm. But in other schools, the classes do not start until 3 pm.
Afternoon: There are about two to three classes in the afternoon. After school is dismissed, students either go home to do their homework or they go to attend private tutoring classes or extracurricular activities.
Evening: Dinner time is around 6 or 7 pm. In the evening, students will continue their homework and most likely it is a family event as parents have the responsibility to review their homework. It is not unusual for some families to do homework together until late at night.
Source of data: Sohu news
A Chinese Primary School Student’s Timetable
In theory, the weekend is for resting. But the common practice is for parents to send their children to all kinds of private tutoring classes (补习班) or extracurricular activities classes（兴趣班). For some children, they rush from one class to another, not able to really enjoy their weekends.