Modern Foreign Languages - Italian (currently being updated)

Italian at Wheatfields Primary School

At Wheatfields we are very lucky to have a qualified teacher of Italian, appointed each year by MAECI (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) working for the Italian Consualate General of Italy in London.  This year we have the lovely Signora Palmieri who gives Italian lessons to the children in Years 1-6 once a week.

The children love learning Italian which, in turn, helps them with their own language by identifying roots to common words and recalling how language is taught.

Children learn a number of concepts around basic language acquisition skills, as in teaching children how to read, using picture prompts and flash cards. Children work from a very early age on greetings, days of the week and months, numbers, foods, objects and animals! Once they reach Key Stage 2 the children are learning how to follow instructions given to them in Italian and are forming basic phrases and sentences of their own.





Children in Years 1 and 2 will learn Italian. This will rely mainly on the spoken language. The children will learn basic facts and about Italian customs.





Children in Key Stage 2 will have Italian lessons. This will have an appropriate balance of spoken and written language and will lay the foundation for further language learning in Key Stage 3.  


Pupils will be taught to:


  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding
  • Explore the patterns and sounds in language through songs and rhymes
  • Develop accurate punctuation and intonation
  • Engage in conversations; ask and answer questions
  • Speak in sentences
  • Present ideas and information orally to a range of audiences
  • Read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and basic language structures
  • Appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language
  • Write phrases form memory
  • Describe people, places, things and actions orally and in writing
  • Understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied