2018 Curriculum outline Italian


Term 1

Foundation Teachers: Jackie Robertson and Sarah Tregonning

This term we will be focussing on developing speaking and listening skills.

We will be looking at how to say and respond to simple saluti (greetings)

buongiorno - good morning / hello

ciao - hello / hi, good bye

arrivederci - good bye

buona notte - good night

We will be practising to introduce ourselves, “Mi chiamo Claudio” (My name is Claudio), looking at numbers and counting to 20.

The lessons will be conducted in Italian and the students will be learning how to follow simple instructions and understand basic classroom language.Grade 1Teacher: Sarah Tregonning This term we will be talking about gli oggetti scolastici (classroom/school objects) and what we eat for morning snack (la merenda). Our learning activities will include listening activities, talking in pairs or small groups, games, songs and mime. We will also continue to use and learn some additional phrases that we can use with our classroom teachers in class outside of Italian time, including azioni in classe (actions we use in the classroom). As a cultural focus, we will make some comparisons between our school at CNPS and scuole elementari (primary schools) in Italia.

We will also begin to look at the letters and sounds of the Italian alphabet, and begin to make comparisons with our English alphabet. 

Classes will continue to be conducted in Italian. Students and teachers will be encouraged and supported to find opportunities to use Italian language across the school day.

Grade 2  Teacher: Sarah Tregonning

This term we will be talking about gli oggetti scolastici (classroom/school objects) and some of the things we do at school (Io scrivo – I write, Io disegno – I draw, Io faccio la seconda – I am in second grade, etc). We will participate in activities involving aural comprehension, pair and small group interactions, games, songs, mime, and some writing. We will also continue to use and learn some additional phrases that students and classroom teachers can use in class outside of Italian time such as, “Posso andare in bagno, per favore?” (“Can I go to the toilet, please?”), and those relating to azioni in classe (actions we use in the classroom). As a cultural focus, we will make some comparisons between our school at CNPS and scuole elementari in Italia.

Classes will continue to be conducted in Italian. Students and teachers will be encouraged and supported to find opportunities to use Italian language across the school day.

Grade 3 Teacher: Jackie Robertson

This term we will be talking about what we can see in the giardino (garden) and l’orto (vegetable patch), focussing on using adjectives, plural forms of nouns 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. The lessons will be conducted in Italian and students will be encouraged to converse with teachers and each other in Italian.

Grade 4 Teacher: Jackie Robertson

This term we will be revising and re-using familiar forms and structures to describe l’aula (the classroom). The grammar focus will be on using adjectives, plural forms of nouns and possessive pronouns. The students will begin to use verbs to talk about some of the things they do at school. We will also focus on comprehension, read some imaginative texts and discuss messages and impressions. This term we will continue to use and extend our classroom language when interacting with each other in Italian lessons and throughout the week. A group of Grade 4 students will extend their Italian by participating in our Italiano Kitchen Garden program.

Grades 5 and 6 Teacher: Jackie Robertson

We will begin this term by revising how to talk about ourselves, our families, school, hobbies, likes, dislikes and preferences. We will write a short letter to the new assistant who is arriving next term from Italy and create a personal profile card to use in our class game, “Chi sono?” (Who am I?). Then, we will start exploring the city of Rome. We will look at how to describe Rome using simple sentences, adjectives and appropriate verb forms. The students will prepare and deliver a presentation showcasing Rome and talking about various attractions, food, culture and daily life. They will also extend their reading skills, focusing on pronunciation and comprehension. The lessons will be conducted in Italian and the students will be encouraged to converse with teachers and each other in Italian.

 

Term 2

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.

Grade 1

This term we will explore questions such as, Come ti senti? (How are you feeling?) Mi sento… (I feel…), what are some Italian words to express how I am feeling? What are some things we do when we feel different emotions? During this unit, students will use puppets, music, art and interactive activities to explore their feelings.

Students and their teachers are encouraged to use some of the phrases we have been learning, relating to classroom objects, snacks and general classroom instructions, throughout the school week in their classrooms.

Grade 2

This term we will speak and write about our families. We will ask and answer such questions as, Hai un fratello?’ (Do you have a brother?); Sì, ho un fratello’ (Yes, I have a brother.). Students will create a book about their family to share with the class.

Students and their teachers are encouraged to use some of the phrases we have been learning, relating to classroom objects, snacks and general classroom instructions, throughout the school week in their classrooms.

Grade 3

This term we will continue to focus on ‘creating’. The students will complete their Piccolo Bruco books and practise reading them. We will be working on constructing simple sentences, using verbs, adjectives and plural forms of nouns. The students will start answering the question “Dov’è?” (Where is…?) and learn how to use prepositions when describing where things are in the garden. This term we will read Davanti alla mia casa c’è… (In Front of My House there is…) and each student will contribute a page to the class version of the story.

Grade 4

This term the students will continue to focus on the features of their immediate environment. They will learn how to describe the location of things at school, using cardinal points (Nord, Sud, Est, Ovest), a map of the school and terms such as "vicino a" (near) and "lontano da" (far). They will identify features of the school, talk about school life and discover what is similar and different about schools in Italy and Australia. The students will explore how to give and follow directions to different areas at school and create a treasure hunt for their peers to follow. We will continue to use and extend our classroom language when interacting with each other in Italian lessons and throughout the week. A group of Grade 4 students will extend their Italian by participating in our Italiano Kitchen Garden program.

Grades 5 and 6

Students in Grades 5 and 6 will continue to explore the city of Rome. They will complete their presentations, incorporating images and sentences describing Rome, and deliver them to the class. The students will also investigate life in Roma Antica and each create an imaginary character for our class book set in Ancient Rome.

In term 2, as well as talking about ourselves we also be describing our friends. Our speaking focus will be on ‘formulating questions’ and using key question words. The lessons will be conducted in Italian and the students will be encouraged to converse with teachers and each other using Italian.

Term 3

 

Foundation

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.

Grade 1

Teacher: Sarah Tregonning

This term students will use their knowledge of animals and pets learned during Foundation Italian lessons, as a basis for speaking, listening and writing about their own pet (or desired pet). Students will learn to talk about the features of pets, such as having fur, feathers or scales, and to describe pets using colours and other adjectives such as ‘big’ and ‘small’. Students will be asked to bring a photo or drawing of their pet (or desired pet), and encouraged to both present to the class or small group and to contribute to a class poster about pets.

Later in the term, Grade 1 students will read and perform a short play called La Gallinella Rossa (The Little Red Hen). The students will also extend their ability to talk about animals by talking about and describing farmyard animals.

Grade 2

Teacher: Sarah Tregonning

For the first part of this term, students will use their prior knowledge of the weather to talk about the current weather in various Italian cities. Students will create a weather report to present to a small group or the class. Students will then listen to, read and perform a play about the weather called, Il Sole e Il Vento (The Sun and the Wind), with the aim to 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.

Grade 3

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 and use Italian in the classroom throughout the week.

Grade 4

Teacher: Jackie Robertson

This term we will be looking at recycling and talking about how we manage waste at school. We will focus on how to recognise, understand and use verbs, in particular “riciclare” (to recycle) and “buttare” (to throw). Using simple sentences and topic-related vocabulary the students will create ebooks combing text, pictures and short films. We will continue to use and extend our classroom language when interacting with each other in Italian lessons and throughout the week. A group of Grade 4 students will extend their Italian by participating in our Italiano Kitchen Garden program.

Grades 5 and 6

Teacher: Jackie Robertson

The students will be working on improving their reading skills, including refining their pronunciation and developing their comprehension. We will be reading the book ‘Isola Misteriosa’ and learning different strategies we can apply to help us understand the text. Working in small groups the students will have the opportunity to listen to, read, decipher and discuss the text. We will continue to use and extend our classroom language when interacting with each other in Italian lessons and throughout the week.

Term 4
Foundation

Teachers: Jackie Robertson and Sarah Tregonning


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 learn to follow simple instructions and understand basic classroom language. You can visit the Italiano a CNPS website and Questa settimana blog to find out more about the Italian program. On the site you’ll also find the songs, stories, clips, games and activities we use in our lessons.

 

Grade 1

Teacher: Sarah Tregonning

During this term, students will respond to three picture storybooks using art and drama. We will finish our work with our puppets relating to the e-book La Gallinella Rossa (The Little Red Hen) before enjoying A me davvero piace il slop! (I really like slop!). Students will choose an ‘ingredient’ to bring from home and contribute to the making of our whole class ‘slop’! Eeeew! Finally, students will illustrate and write a simple sentence for our class picture book based on Eric Carle’s L’artista che dipinse un cavallo blu (The artist who painted a blue horse). Classes will continue to be conducted in Italian.

 

Grade 2

Teacher: Sarah Tregonning

Andiamo al mercato! (Let’s go the market!) During this term, students will learn about seasonal fruits and vegetables, and how ask for these items from a market stall.

Vorrei un frullato, per favore! (I would like a fruit smoothie, please!) Later in the term, students will select ingredients to create a frullato (blended fruit drink). Students will view and respond to various audio-visual clips and be involved in a variety of small group and large group activities such as games and role-plays to support their learning. Classes will continue to be conducted in Italian.

 

Grade 3

Teacher: Jackie Robertson

Vorrei un gelato, per favore. This term, in Grade 3 we will be looking at the language we need to buy un gelato ( ice-cream). Students will learn simple phrases they can use alla gelataria (at the ice-cream shop). They will also look at words for various gusti (flavours) and discuss which flavours they like and dislike. The students will create posters, signs and props for la gelateria and use these in role plays. We will also be talking about the use of formal and informal language and considering how language is used differently in different situations and contexts. The lessons will be conducted in Italian and the students will be encouraged to converse with teachers and each other in Italian.

 

Grade 4
Teacher: Jackie Robertson

This term, students will be working on improving their reading skills, including refining their pronunciation and developing their comprehension. Working in small groups they will have the opportunity to listen to, read, decipher, discuss and respond to texts. The students will learn different strategies they can apply to help with their reading. We will continue to use and extend our classroom language when interacting with each other in Italian lessons and throughout the week. A group of Grade 4 students will extend their Italian by participating in our Italiano Kitchen Garden program. You can visit our Italiano a CNPS website and Questa settimana blog to find out what we have been up to and see photos of our program in action.

Grade 5 and 6

Teacher: Jackie Robertson

This term, we will be focusing on ‘speaking’. The students will learn how to interact and communicate with others in relation to the topic of food. They will express their feelings, preferences and choices, talk about their eating habits and learn how to order food. The students will look at how Italian meals are organised and consider the cultural importance of eating and sharing a meal for Italians. They will look at different types Italian food, in particular pasta, create a menu and practise ordering and discussing food by playing games and participating in role plays. We will continue to use and extend our classroom language when interacting with each other in Italian lessons and throughout the week.