If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.
Intent - what do we teach?
At Chantry Primary Academy, we feel that the earlier a child is exposed to a foreign language, the better their understanding of linguistics and etymology. We believe that the early acquisition of Italian will facilitate the learning of other foreign languages later in life. We aim to prepare children for the KS3 language curriculum to enable them to transfer confidently and successfully.
Learning a language enriches the curriculum helping to create enthusiastic learners and to develop positive attitudes to language learning throughout life. The skills, knowledge and understanding gained contribute to the development of children’s oracy and literacy and to their understanding of their own culture and those of others.
Implementation - how do we teach it?
Italian is taught across KS1 and KS2. We are fortunate enough to have two Italian speaking teachers who work with the class teachers to cater the learning for their individual. This allows for clear progression and development of speaking, listening and vocabulary acquisition. Our Italian lessons contain a wide variety of pedagogical techniques and activities to encourage all children to access and engage with Italian:
- Games to develop vocabulary through repetition, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
- Action songs and rhymes to develop phonetic skills, memory skills and to further vocabulary.
- Reading and writing for a range of purposes.
- ICT programs and websites; the use of ICT to develop communication skills.
- Children are constantly praised and encouraged for engaging with Italian, regardless of their competence and confidence in the subject.
Impact - what impact is our teaching having?
Pupils at Chantry have a good level of development in the key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. They enjoy Italian lessons and are keen to share their learning with others.
Through the high-quality teaching of Italian, the children will better understand Italian culture and traditions and they will be able to communicate with others in Italian. Children will understand that languages have structure and that this structure may differ from one language to another. Learning a new language develops transferable skills which will support the children’s learning in KS3 and beyond.