Foundation: This term we will be focussing on developing speaking and listening skills.
We will be looking at how to say and respond to simple greetings and
will be practising to introduce ourselves. The lessons will be conducted in Italian and the students will be learning how to follow simple instructions and understand basic classroom language.
Grade 1/2: Classes will continue to be conducted in Italian. Students will learn further classroom language and discover the names of various objects in classroom. By way of revision and consolidation, students will have the opportunity each lesson to ask a simple question to classmates and to answer a question about themselves.
Students will engage in a variety of activities (such as using the language in a focus teacher group, interactive activities online, puppet making and conversation) to talk about feelings and emotions. Students will develop an awareness of certain grammatical features, such as gender and agreement. By way of extension, some students will begin to use verbs to express their own actions (first-person conjugations). We will also be using some Italian language in FMP.
Grade 3/4:This term we will be talking about what we can see in the garden (il giardino) and l’orto (the vegetable patch), focussing on using adjectives, plural forms of words and verbs. We will be reading the story ‘Il Piccolo Bruco Maisazio’ (‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’) and each creating our own illustrated version of the story. We will be developing our skills in using a dictionary (hard copy and online) to translate words, looking at how to write simple sentences and refining our reading skills. This term we will also be doing some “matematica” (Maths) in italiano.
Grade 5/6: This term we will be looking at “le case” (houses), comparing housing in Italy and Australia, identifying the features of a house, describing our homes and explaining the location of objects around the home. The students will design and label a plan of a house and describe it using several sentences. They will revise and extend their use of “adjectives” when describing houses and learn to use “prepositions” when talking about where things are located in the house. We will continue to practise reading and work on translating real estate ads. During the unit we will also look briefly at Italian architecture.
Foundation: This term we will focus on colour and identifying the colours of things in our immediate environment. We will play games, sing songs, watch short clips and read books about colours and shapes around us. We’ll continue to develop our speaking and listening skills and practise counting, responding to simple greetings and introducing ourselves. The lessons will be conducted in Italian and the students will be learning to follow simple instructions and understand basic classroom language.
Grades 1 and 2: This term we will continue to talk about our feelings and emotions ask and answer simple questions. During the second half of the term we will have a cultural focus, in preparation for Il Carnevale at the end of this term. We will use puppets that we have made, sing songs, watch short clips and read books to assist our learning. Students in Grade 2 will also be using Italian language in FMP classes.
Grades 3 and 4: This term we will be answering the question “Dov’ è?” (Where is…?) and learning how to use prepositions when describing where things are in the garden. We’ll continue to focus on writing sentences, using verbs, adjectives and plural forms of words. We will read Davanti alla mia casa c’è… (In Front of My House there is…) and each student will contribute to the class version of the story. We will also be doing some “matematica” (Maths) in italiano and a group of Grade 4 students will participate in our kitchen/garden extension program.
Grades 5 and 6: This term we will continue to look at “le case” (houses). We’ll be writing about our houses and describing them using simple sentences, with adjectives and prepositions. We will continue to practise reading, translate real estate ads and look at the work of the Italian architect “Palladio”. Working in collaborative groups, the students will develop their own illustrated versions of the book Davanti alla mia casa c’è… (In Front of My House there is…) which they will present to the class and share with younger students.
Teachers: Jackie Robertson and Sarah Tregonning
This term we will be learning the days of the week - i giorni della settimana and talking about oggi (today), domani (tomorrow) and ieri (yesterday). We will also be looking at pets, answering the question "Hai un animale?" (Do you have a pet?) and describing animals using adjectives, such as 'grande e piccolo' (big and small). We will continue to talk about ourselves and answer questions such as: “Dove abiti?” (Where do you live?). The lessons will be conducted in Italian and the students will be learning to follow simple instructions and understand basic classroom language.
Teacher: Sarah Tregonning
We have started this term by looking at the seasons of the year. Students will use new and familiar vocabulary (for example, words relating to the weather) to talk about the seasons in Australia and in Italy. Students will create a picture of a season and label it. Some students will also add a simple sentence or two about their picture. Later in the term, Grade 1 students will focus on reading a short play called La Gallinella Rossa (The Little Red Hen). They will work in small groups to practise and perform the play. Reading in Italian and pronunciation will be a focus for this Unit of Work.
The initial focus for students in Grade 2 this term is the play Il Sole e Il Vento (The Sun and the Wind). Students will work in small groups to practise and perform the play. They will listen to recordings of the play, read and perform the play themselves and further develop their Italian pronunciation.
During the latter part of the term, the focus will shift to learning about the seasons of the year. Students will use new and familiar language to talk about the weather in Italy and Australia, the months of the year, and appropriate clothing for the seasons.
Grades 3 and 4
Teacher: Jackie Robertson
Che ore sono? This term, the students will be learning how to tell the time. We will also be talking about la mia giornata – my day, our daily routines and the time we do things, for example, “Faccio colazione alle sette” (I have breakfast at seven o’clock). The students will create a short “day in my life” film, describing their daily routine. The lessons will be conducted in Italian and the students will be encouraged to converse in Italian using basic classroom language. A group of Grade 4 students will extend their Italian by participating in our Italiano Kitchen Garden program.
Grades 5 and 6
Andiamo a Venezia: This term we are “going to” Venezia (Venice). The students will be looking at getting to and around Venezia. They will learn how to read a train and vaporetto timetable, how to buy a ticket, how to ask for and understand directions and how to find out what to do and see in Venezia. We will also be looking at what makes Venezia such an interesting and unique place. The focus will be on speaking: asking and answering questions. The students will prepare and perform short role-plays, incorporating the language they have learnt.
This term we will be learning how to talk about the weather and to answer the question, Che tempo fa oggi? (What’s the weather like to today?).
We will continue to look at the days of the week, identifying oggi (today), domani (tomorrow) and ieri (yesterday).
We will be discussing our pets, answering the question "Hai un animale?" (Do you have a pet?) and describing animals using adjectives, such as 'grande e piccolo' (big and small).
The lessons will be conducted in Italian and the students will be learning to follow simple instructions and understand basic classroom language.
During this term, Grade 1 students will complete their work on La Gallinella Rossa (The Little Red Hen), including working in small groups to practise and perform the play, and writing simple sentences in Italian about the characters in the play.
The focus will then move to talking about ‘Others and Ourselves’. Students will learn to express things about themselves using the word ‘Sono…’ (I am…), and in so doing, learn about the languages and cultures of other students in their classroom and in Italy.
In addition to speaking and listening activities in Italian, we will read stories and books in Italian about cultural background, in particular, Mem Fox’s I am Australian too. Students will create their own page to add to a classbook.
After concluding our work about the seasons of the year, we will begin to prepare songs for the Christmas Concert. These songs will encourage discussion and thought about the student’s own culture and Italian culture, especially in relation to traditions such as Christmas or other family traditions.
As part of our work learning about ‘Others and Ourselves’, we will express things about ourselves using the word ‘Sono…’ (I am…), and in so doing, learn about the languages and cultures of other students in our classroom and in Italy.
This term, the students will continue writing in Italian to their pen pals at Seabrook Primary School. They will write a second letter and create and send a postcard about their holidays. We will also focus on reading for comprehension, deciphering the letters from our pen pals and other short texts.
Andiamo al negozio – we will be looking at shopping in Italy, revisiting and expanding on the language we need to purchase items from a shop. Students will create and perform role-plays al negozio di abbigliamento (at the clothing store).
The lessons will be conducted in Italian and the students will be encouraged to converse with teachers and each other in Italian.
A group of Grade 4 students will extend their Italian by participating in our Italiano Kitchen Garden program.
Ti piace la musica? After concluding our unit of work on getting to and around Venice, we will turn our focus to ‘la musica italiana’. We will be listening to and discussing different types of Italian music: la musica classica, l’opera, la musica tradizionale, la musica popolare e la musica contemporanea. We will be learning how to express opinions, agree/disagree, give preferences and make choices about music. We will use the Teatro alla Scala website to locate and ‘purchase’ a ticket to a performance and discuss this with a friend during a phone conversation (role-play). To celebrate the end of the year students will cook and share a pasta lunch.