‘To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world‘. Chinese Proverb
At Staverton we want children to be passionate about learning Italian and to deepen their understanding about the world around them through the exposure of a different culture.
Children from Years 1 to 6 are taught Italian lessons by their class teacher in a fun and interactive way. We use the Language Angels scheme to support the teaching of it, which provides a clear progression of skills across the year groups. During each weekly lesson, previous learning is revised and consolidated and new vocabulary is introduced. Children actively participate in lessons through singing songs, playing games, completing sentence building activities and role-playing conversations. Lessons are differentiated to provide the appropriate level of challenge and support. Classrooms have key vocabulary displayed for the relevant topic.
Our Italian curriculum is designed to develop children’s speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in Italian, as well as to gain an insight into another culture. Children in years 1 and 2 begin their Italian language journey by singing nursery rhymes in Italian as well as learning colours and numbers. In years 3 and 4 children learn about Italy and its culture as well as covering topics such as animals, fruits and family. In years 5 and 6 children cover topics such as vegetables, the weather and school. Across Key Stage 1 and 2 children learn about Christmas festivities and Easter traditions in Italy.
By the end of Key Stage 1 children will have begun to explore the patterns and sounds of the Italian language. In Key Stage 2 children will be able to speak, understand, read and write in Italian. All children will have a deeper cultural understanding and we hope they develop a passion for language learning.