The Italian department seeks to develop ambitious and resilient linguists who recognise their common humanity and strive to gain inter-cultural understanding and respect. We aim to provide an understanding of Italian in a range of themes (Identities, Education, Town, Holidays, Leisure, Healthy living) which enables students to communicate effectively in authentic situations on their exchange visits and prepared for the challenges of developing the language at a higher level in KS4 and the Sixth Form. We intend develop our students to be inquisitive and curious about culture, knowledgeable and understanding, open-minded and courageous as they personally develop through their learning of Italian.
The Italian department uses an array of strategies to engage students and tackle the five key skills of Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Translation in KS3. Through the different themes, students will be exposed gradually to language in the past, present and future tenses as well as many other grammatical elements. We use regular 10 point testing to build memory, flipped learning to give students ownership, interactive competitions to engage, and group and pair work to build team work and communication skills. Our implementation goes beyond the classroom walls and is enriched through a wealth of extracurricular activities both in school through clinics and enrichment days and overseas through our extensive visits programme connecting communities in Italy.
We strive for our students to be able to demonstrate a broad vocabulary in the topics we have studied, an understanding of 3 tenses and key linguistic rules e.g. adjectival agreement. Students will show progress in the 5 skills, Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Translation through their individual flight paths. However, our impact goes far beyond data as our students will show intercultural understanding and build relationships with peers overseas.
The percentage of students in KS3 meeting expected targets in 2018 were 38% working on track for their target and 25% were on track to exceed their target.