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.