At Chantry we teach Italian as a foreign language. We believe that learning a foreign language at an early age opens children's minds to language learning and broadens their understanding of grammatical structures. We believe there is a specific advantage to learning Italian because it has its roots in Latin. Because about 60% of the English language is Latin-based, outside of studying Latin itself, Italian can be a major advantage to our children in understanding the root of the words we use in our daily lives.
Our pupils come from a broad range of language backgrounds and experiences with many of our pupils having English as an additional language and some children able to speak multiple languages. We believe that the best language teaching is done with passion and commitment to the subject and we are extremely proud to have a long standing relationship with the Italian Consulate who provide us with an Italian teacher for 2 days each week - Maestra Giuse has been at Chantry since 2010 and brings Italian to life for our pupils.
Children throughout Key Stage 2 are taught Italian for one session weekly. Different topics are introduced via the use of songs, videos, presentations, flashcards, games and through TPR (total physical response activities).
An important and integral part of all lessons are:
- Routines, songs (Yr3-5) and games
- Understanding and using simple Italian directions and instructions
- Asking simple questions about classroom life
- Being encouraged to and able to interact with other children and the teacher
Children also have the opportunity to discover also about Italian culture, festivals and celebrations including Il Natale (Christmas), La Befana, Carnevale, La Pasqua (Easter), Pinocchio (Italian Fairy Tale).
Year Group Topic Overview
Year 3 – Greetings, colours, numbers to 10, school objects, parts of the body, farm animals
Songs – Nella vecchia fattoria, Testa, spalle, ginocchia e, Ciuf, ciuf
Year 4 – Greetings, numbers to 15, instructions, food, clothes, houses and furniture, toys
Songs – Mi piace, Viva la papa al Pomodoro, Lo ho una palla, Oggi mi metto
Year 5 – Greetings, numbers to 20, sport, days of the week, months and seasons, the weather, the family
Songs – I giorni della settimana, I mesi dell’anno, Oggi, oggi, Hai fratelli hai sorelle?
Year 6 – Numbers to 100, telling the time, daily routine, The Euro, shopping, school subjects, geography