Modern Foreign Language
Although not statutory until Year 3, Italian is introduced in Reception (EYFS) and taught by a native Italian speaking teacher. Children have the opportunity to have weekly Italian lessons organised by the Education department of the Italian Consulate. St Vincent’s also have Native Italian speakers on our staff to support the children’s development of the Italian language. Continuing with Italian throughout the Primary school years enables children to achieve a good level of fluency, confidence and skill in a foreign language.
Across all year groups, our Italian lessons last for an hour providing opportunities for active, learning and pupil participation through games and activities involving speaking, listening and having fun. In Key Stage 2, the children have more opportunities to build and gain confidence in their written work (MFL).
As part of our International Award by the British Council, we have 2 active eTwinning projects with OUR partner Scuola Primaria Zamboni in Bologna, Italy – “Write, Draw, Send” (KS1) and “Culture in a Box” (KS2). The aim of these projects is collaborative learning through Italian & English through the exchange writings, photos, drawings and children’s reactions.
During January 2016, 3 St Vincent’s staff travelled with a small group of 30 children from Upper Key Stage 2 with our colleague Maestra Cinzia Bellantonio (Italian Consulate London) to visit the capital city of Rome, Italy to put our Italian to the test by giving the children real life experiences of and exposure to modern foreign languages in daily life and learning for purpose. It was an amazing trip to visit the tourist sights and the opportunity to visit a local Primary school – San Francesco d’Assisi, Piazza Borgoncini. A special highlight for all travellers was the day pilgrimage at the Vatican to mark the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, a Roman Catholic period of prayer also known as the ‘Year of Mercy’.