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. 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.
In Italian, children will learn to:
We aim to ensure that children:
National Curriculum for MFL
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 and SMSC
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Muzzybbc.com – An interactive language learning program for children produced by the BBC to help teach kids Italian.
Theitalianexperiment.com – Popular fairy tales translated into Italian, Italian lessons, and course reviews.
Kidslearnitalian.com – Materials and resources that you can download to help teach kids Italian.
Chillola.com – Basic Italian vocabulary activities for kids
Helloworld.com – 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.