Modern Foreign Languages
'All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.'
At St. Hugh’s Catholic Primary School, we want every child to be enthusiastic learners of Italian and to be eager to achieve their very best in order to fulfil their God-given talents. We firmly believe that the recipe for success is high quality first teaching in Italian from a native speaker, which is important as it provides the children with the best start to their language learning journey. Our school offers Italian from year 3 to year 6 and the children study once a week.
Our principal aim is that children leave St. Hugh’s Catholic Primary school with a wide range of happy and rich memories in Italian formed through interesting and exciting experiences driven through vehicles that enhance a child’s awareness of their own abilities and strengths as a learner, thus ensuring that children see learning a foreign language as an ongoing process and not a one-off event.
Success criteria in every Italian lesson are set in order to guide children to achieve their potential and they also have time to assess their WALTS and reflect on their learning. The children have termly learning logs to support their learning journey through Italian. Subject specialists from our partner secondary school of Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College are, and will continue to be, integral to the planning process. This will aid transition to Key Stage 3.
Through Italian, children deepen their appreciation of their faith and fulfil their God-given talents. Children of all abilities and backgrounds achieve well in Italian, reflected in outstanding progress that reveals a clear learning journey. Children talk enthusiastically about their learning in Italian and are eager to further their learning in the next stages of their education. Children will improve their metal-knowledge, becoming confident with new vocabulary, sound and a new culture.
Children learn about the key figures in the Italian history and from religion, for example St Francis de Assisi.
Our teacher is Delia Maianti, a native Italian speaker, fully qualified, and permanent teacher. After 27 years of teaching in Italy, she arrived in our school on October 2017. She managed an International project with a UK University in the last seven years and she is teachers’ trainer in Italy for English language teaching.
Children can practise their key Italian skills at home by clicking on the website link below:
The fundamental values present in our lessons are democracy; individual liberty; mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
A celebration of the wide diversity of language
At St Hugh’s Catholic Primary School we are revisiting the wide array of languages spoken within our school and would like to celebrate the multicultural diversity within our community. It seems that throughout the borough, many schools are beginning to tap into this wonderful underused resource and some schools are promoting a “market place” where those families will get together to provide a fun day for all the children to experience different foods and cultures readily available at their fingertips. Although we cannot provide any such “market place” due to the temporary restrictions placed on us as a result of the pandemic, we can of course plan for such future celebrations through activities such as food tasting, to learning more about cultural traditions. You can help us by simply letting us know what other language is spoken at home so that we can move forward in our aims to reach as many cultures as possible. English as an Additional Language is something very much to rejoice about. Here is the Government’s interpretation of English as an Additional Language, which is:
“ … an EAL learner includes anyone who has been exposed to a language other than English during early childhood and continues to be exposed to this language in the home or in the community ...”
This also means that the child does not necessarily have to speak the first language, only that they are hearing it in their family home/community. As a school, we would highly recommend that you continue using your first language at home and in your community with your child/children as research has shown that the more fluent they are in their first language, learning English will not be as difficult, because code switching between the two languages becomes a little easier.