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Hadrian Primary School

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Modern Foreign Language - Italian

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A Hadrian parliamo italiano!


At Hadrian Primary School, we offer a high quality Modern Foreign Language education, led by an Italian specialist. As a multicultural school, we believe that the acquisition of a language can aid the development of communication and literacy skills, which lay the foundation for future language learning, as well as extending knowledge of how language works and discovering more about our own vocabulary in English. Learning another language raises awareness of the multilingual and multicultural world in which we live and introduces an international dimension to children’s learning, giving them an insight into their own culture and those of others.


Italian Curriculum Rationale



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. Click the link below to read more about how UK schools have adopted the Italian government funded lessons across schools. We believe that these lessons will be beneficial to our students in the near future, which is shown by the UK government's foreign language as a GCSE target being 90%.  A large number of our school community have 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 an exciting relationship with the Italian Consulate who provide us with our Italian teacher Mrs Ariazzi.



Our curriculum for Languages aims to ensure that all pupils can achieve the points below:

• Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.

• Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion. and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.

• Write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.

• Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.





At Hadrian Primary School we have created a bespoke Italian Curriculum that ensures every child has the best opportunity to succeed.  Mrs Ariazzi (our resident Italian teacher) expertly plans and delivers a bespoke Italian Curriculum which builds on the basics of Italian in lower KS2 to a more progressive understanding of the language in both spoken and written form by the end of KS2.


Teachers and TAs work alongside Mrs Ariazzi to develop their own knowledge of the Italian language and weave Italian everyday phrases and greetings into their day to day teaching.


Pupils from Year 3 to Year 6 receive a 30-45 minute session every week.


Within lessons, outcomes are achieved through children completing tasks and activities in the four main skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, singing songs in Italian, and learning about the History and Culture of Italy.


Our interactive and lively lessons promote the enjoyment of, and enthusiasm for, language-learning. Lessons are planned and structured to ensure that key Languages skills are covered throughout the year. Units are structured strategically to enable children to build on language skills learnt previously and to make links, for example in spelling patterns and phonemes.



At Hadrian Primary, we want our Language provision to impact our children in the ways listed below, so that they become confident linguists. In order to achieve that, our children will show the following:




• Strong listening and comprehension skills.

• The confidence to speak with good intonation and pronunciation.

• Fluency in reading.

• Fluency and imagination in writing.

• A passion for languages and a commitment to the subject.

• A strong awareness of the culture of Italy.

• The ability to use language creatively and spontaneously.

• An independence in their studies and the ability to draw upon a wide range of resources.


We monitor the impact of our Languages provision through termly whole school pupil perceptions, termly assessments, lesson observations and the monitoring of Italian books.


In Italian, children will learn to:


  • read fluently;
  • write imaginatively;
  • speak confidently;
  • and understand the culture of the countries in which the language is spoken.


We aim to ensure that children:


  • understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources;
  • speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation;
  • can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt;
  • and discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the Italian language.


National Curriculum for MFL 






  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding;

  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words;


  • engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help;

  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures;

  • develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases;

  • present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences;

  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing;

  •  appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language;

  •  broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary;

  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly;

  • describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing;

  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including (where relevant): feminine, masculine and neuter forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English.


Cross Curricular Links 



The learning of a modern foreign language contributes to the development of our children’s listening and speaking skills. It also develops the children’s grasp of linguistic features such as rhyme, rhythm and emphasises the importance of knowing the role of different word types in sentence structure.


Children reinforce their time-telling skills by playing time-related games in the foreign language. We play number games, too, that reinforce their counting and calculation skills, expand their understanding of date, and increase their knowledge about money.

Personal, social and health education (PSHE)

One of the main benefits to the children of learning a modern foreign language at primary school level is a social one. It gives the children the opportunity to learn about cultures from a different country. Lessons also give children the opportunity to take part in paired/ group work.


We ask the children to do research on the different countries in which the Italian language is spoken after they have first found them on a map or a globe. In MFL lessons children will learn the names of cities and towns in France and will also begin to describe the weather.


Videos, games and programmes are used on the interactive whiteboard support and engage children in their Italian learning.




MFL supports Spiritual development by getting the pupils excited about learning about the world around them.


MFL supports Moral development by encouraging pupils to recognise the importance of learning a MFL from another country to enable them to respect how difficult it is when people visit Britain and try to speak a new language.


MFL supports Social development by allowing children to work with a partner or as part of a group.


MFL Supports Cultural development by encouraging children to appreciate the similarities and differences between France and Britain.

British Values in MFL


Individual Liberty 

Within our lessons students are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you must work hard, show resilience and have a growth mind-set that anything can be achieved if you put your mind to it.



Within all lessons students get the opportunity to have their opinions heard amongst their peers when discussing topics. Students are encouraged to learn about democracy and allowing everyone the opportunity to have their say and compare this with other cultures and countries they are learning about.


Mutual Respect 

Individuals are encouraged to make sensible and informed choices in lessons and to take ownership and leadership for this. This is demonstrated through ensuring the working environment is safe. They are encouraged to respect everyone’s abilities and performances during lessons. Children develop respect and understanding differences across countries.



Students learn about other faiths and cultures. They are able to compare similarities and differences between themselves and others. They develop understanding that English is not everyone first language. Children are taught to understand and respect other cultures and beliefs.


The Rule of Law

How democracy and the law works in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries.



How to Help at Home


Here are some suggestions for ways you can help your child:


1. Take your child to a museum

Italy has had a huge influence in the local history of the North East and the UK as a whole. Check your local museum’s schedule to see when it is featuring an Italian-inspired exhibition and take your child along. The admission for children is typically free.

2. Celebrate Italian holidays

Celebrating important Italian holidays, such as Ferragosto, will teach your child about Italian history. Celebrate by making some fun crafts or taking part in holiday traditions. Similar to the Fourth of July, the French display fireworks.  

3. Cook an Italian meal

Familiarize your child with Italian cuisine by having him or her help you whip up a traditional Italian meal. Your child can channel their inner Gino D'acampo with traditional Italian dishes, such as pizza, or pasta.

4. Watch a movie with Italian dubbing

Fire up Netflix and host an Italian movie night with your family. Here are some kid-friendly movies you and your child can enjoy: try "Kung Fu Panda" or "White Fang".

5. Listen to Italian music

Do you have a Pandora or Spotify account? Download some Italian songs to listen to while at home or on the road. Listening to Italian music will help familiarise your child with Italian accents and pronunciations.

6. Puzzles

You can download and print dozens of free Italian crosswords and word searches for your child. He or she will have fun playing, while simultaneously learning Italian vocabulary and simple sentences. Keep a stack in the car for long road trips.

7. Memory game

Create some Italian flashcards and place them face down on a table. Your child will flip over two cards. If the pictures match, your child will flip over two more cards. The point of the game is to match all of the cards from memory.

8.  Colouring books

Purchase an Italian colouring book. These colouring books will spark your child’s creativity, while helping him or her learn various vocabulary words and themes.

9.  Read Italian books

There are a ton of beginner Italian books. The adventures of Pinocchio is one of the most well-known children’s books. You can find the book in almost any book shop or online.

10. Hangman

This activity is played exactly like the original Hangman version, except you are using Italian vocabulary words and phrases instead of English.


Useful websites you could try

Useful websites you could try – An interactive language learning program for children produced by the BBC to help teach kids Italian. – Popular fairy tales translated into Italian, Italian lessons, and course reviews. – Materials and resources that you can download to help teach kids Italian. – Basic Italian vocabulary activities for kids –  A language learning website offering lots of free activities and games for kids learning Italian.

Italian songs and nursery rhymes for kids

Canzoncine per bambini – The most popular Italian songs for kids as well as favourites such as Old Mc Donald, Five Little Ducks, and Ring a Ring a Rosie in the Italian versions.


Italian Progression of Key Skills