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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

Italian starts in year 9 in conjunction with French (2 lessons per language/ per fortnight) 

Year 9 

Curriculum Intention:

The year 9 Italian (2nd language)  curriculum intends to:

  • Build on transferable skills and knowledge acquired studying French in years 7 and 8.
  • Fast track learning so it is a viable option for students at GCSE.
  • Give learners of all abilities, including native and near native speakers, an opportunity to develop their proficiency.
  • Inspire learners with a strong cultural content.
  • Introduce the Italian world to learners.
  • Enable learners to access authentic texts.
  • Help learners develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the target language
  • Familiarise learners with Italian phonics and pronunciation
  • Introduce grammar in a progressive sequence, focusing on key verbs, adjectives and asking questions, thus preparing learners for the GCSE assessment objectives.
  • Enable learners of all abilities to access content, with introductory quizzes at start of modules, combining and recycling of language at end of modules, differentiated class activities and homework.
  • Expose learners with a wide range of visual, video, audio and print-based materials that help develop all skills and caters for all types of learners.
  • Assess at different levels, including all four skills, translation as well as grammar.
  • Enable learners to develop study skills, peer and self-assessment strategies, revision approaches and give opportunity to familiarise themselves with GCSE exam type questions.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

  • Greetings, feelings & numbers to 31
  • Describing a classroom & Alphabet
  • Opinions about school subjects (with verbs, adverbs & adjectives)
  • Saying what you like & dislike (with nouns)

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

  • Literary texts
  • Jobs with future tense
  • Future careers using “ho intenzione di…”
  • The importance of languages and why to choose them

20th April – 18th May

  • Telling the time
  • Talking about meals
  • Daily routines
  • Italian school system and comparisons.

 

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

  • Introducing family members
  • Saying what you like & dislike (with infinitives)
  • Physical descriptions
  • Colours and clothes. Pets
  • Asking & answering questions about self
  • Christmas traditions in Italy and comparisons

24th Feb – 30th March

  • Describing where you live
  • Describing parts of your house
  • Describing furniture and use of prepositions
  • Places in town
  • Giving directions
  • Easter traditions in Italy and comparisons.

1st June – 13th July

  • Introducing Countries and weather)
  • Holiday Plans (transports)
  • Holiday Plans (places where to stay)
  • Holiday Plans (what activities to do)

 

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Pupils will be able to:

  • Understand key grammatical concepts
  • Decode printed texts in the target language as well as audio files
  • Converse using acquired language

Employability skills:

Communication & interpersonal skills

Valuing diversity & difference

Team work

Organisational skills

Year 10 

Curriculum Intention:

  • Consolidate and build on prior grammatical and vocabulary knowledge acquired in MFL lessons at KS3.
  • Promote extended and complex responses with a focus on accuracy.
  • Provide depth of language knowledge and essential skills to access the GCSE materials including literary texts and audio materials.
  • Build confidence in oracy skills (focus on spontaneous speech) to prepare for the globalised world of work.
  • Promote curiosity, problem solving skills and deepen understanding of own culture and that of other countries.
  • Give knowledge, understanding and skills to progress onto the next stage, irrespective of prior attainment, background or ethnicity.
  • Equip with the knowledge and skills to achieve their best at GCSE.
  • Enable students to maximise potential, achieving the highest levels of academic success leading to the widest range of pathways.
  • Promote high aspirations, resilience and independence to maximise opportunities to flourish and to progress in their future careers.
  • Provide opportunities to take curriculum beyond the classroom, to develop a love of learning, independence and creative thinking through music, technology and the media.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th Theme 1

  • Revising family and describing people. Revising places in town, activities and times
  • Talking about friends and what makes a good friend
  • Talking about family relationships
  • Making arrangements to go out
  • Describing a day out
  • Talking about role models

Jan 6th – 10th Feb Theme 1

  • Talking about food and meals
  • Discussing clothes and what to wear
  • Describing your daily life
  • Shopping for clothes
  • Describing festivals and traditions
  • Talking about shopping for a special meal
  • Describing family celebrations

20th April – 18th May Theme 2

  • Talking about what you normally do on holiday.
  • Staying in a hotel
  • Talking about travelling
  • Saying what you do and did on holiday
  • Ordering in a restaurant
  • Buying souvenirs
  • Talking about holiday disasters
  • Mock revision

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th Them 1

  • Revising leisure activities. Revising films and going to the cinema
  • Talking about sport
  • Talking about using technology
  • Discussing reading habits and music
  • Talking about television programmes
  • Talking about a night out with friends

24th Feb – 30th March Theme 2

  • Talking about where you live and what you can do there
  • Describing a town and asking the way
  • Describing a region
  • Finding out tourist information
  • Discussing plans and the weather
  • Talking about your town, village or neighbourhood

1st June – 13th July Theme 3

  • Revising school subjects and talking about your timetable
  • Giving opinions about school subjects and facilities
  • Talking about your school and school in France
  • Discussing rules and regulations
  • Talking about school activities
  • Talking about successes at school

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:  

Sound reading and listening strategies, including dealing with new language in exam situations. Confident exam skills, including maximising time.

Broad experience in all 4 skills. Extended and accurate responses in written and oral assessments. Pupils achieve at least 2 grades below their target in mocks.

Employability skills:

Transactional skills through role play. Effective communication skills- articulation and intonation. Team work, organisational skills. Cultural awareness- global citizens.

Year 11 

Curriculum Intention: 

  • Consolidate and build on prior grammatical and vocabulary knowledge.
  • Promote extended and complex responses with a focus on accuracy.
  • Provide depth of language knowledge and essential skills to access the GCSE materials including literary texts and audio materials.
  • Build confidence in oracy skills (with a focus on spontaneous speech) to prepare for the globalised world of work.
  • Promote curiosity, problem solving skills and deepen understanding of own culture and that of other countries.
  • Give knowledge, understanding and skills to progress onto the next stage, irrespective of prior attainment, background or ethnicity.
  • Equip with the knowledge and skills to achieve their best at GCSE.
  • Enable students to maximise potential, achieving the highest levels of academic success leading to the widest range of pathways.
  • Promote high aspirations, resilience and independence to maximise opportunities to flourish and to progress in their future careers.
  • Provide opportunities to take curriculum beyond the classroom, to develop a love of learning, independence and creative thinking through music, technology and the media.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th Theme 3

  • Talking about jobs
  • Discussing work preferences
  • Talking about plans, hopes and wishes
  • Discussing the importance of languages
  • Talking about how you earn money
  • Discussing work experience

Jan 6th – 10th Feb Theme 5

  • Talking about protecting the environment
  • Talking about ethical shopping
  • Talking about volunteering
  • Talking about big events

 

 

20th April – 18th May

Oral exams.

Revision of themes 4-5, writing, listening and reading preparation.

 

 

 

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th Theme 4

Environmental issues

Talking about what makes you tick and what concerns you

Discussing the weather and natural disasters

Revision and mocks

24th Feb – 30th March

Revision of themes 1-2-3, exam practice and speaking preparation.

 

 

 

 

1st June – 13th July

Exam leave

 

 

 

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:  

Higher performance in mocks by 1 grade +

Confidence, spontaneity and fluency in role plays, photo-cards description and general conversations.

Good use of time in exams. Good revisions skills. Complex written responses.

Wide vocabulary and grammatical knowledge.

Employability skills:

Presentation skills/ oracy skills. Transactional skills through role play. Effective communication skills- articulation and intonation. Team work, organisational skills. Cultural awareness- global citizens.

Year 12 

Curriculum Intention:

  • Build on the understanding developed at GCSE, enable students to make a smooth transition to the next level of study.
  • Inspire and engage through familiar and popular themes. Provides clear links to the most fundamental and interesting aspects of Italian culture.
  • Provide a choice of literary texts and films- from contemporary to more classical titles, together with authentic source materials from Italy.
  • To develop and assess spontaneity and grammar, as well as provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge independently and creatively.
  • Encourage students to develop ideas, use language to persuade and analyse, and give critical responses in their writing and speaking.
  • Provide continuous progression and build on the understanding developed at Key Stage 4.
  • Give students the opportunity to learn and apply important transferable skills in critical thinking and analysis, enabling them to make a smooth transition to university.
  • Enhance linguistic skills and promote capacity for critical thinking on the basis of knowledge and understanding of the language and culture.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept nd - Oct 14th  Theme 1:

  • I cambiamenti della società italiana
  • Theme 1 is set in the context of Italy only. This theme covers social issues and trends.
  • L’evoluzione della famiglia italiana
  • Cambiamenti nell’atteggiamento verso il matrimonio, la coppia e la famiglia; i mammoni

Jan 6th – 10th Feb Theme 2:

  • Theme 2: La cultura politica e artistica nei Paesi di lingua italiana
  • Theme 2 is set in the context of Italian-speaking countries and communities. This theme covers artistic culture (through music and festivals and traditions) and political and artistic culture (through media).

20th April – 18th May

Literary works- film:

Nuovo cinema paradiso, dir. Giuseppe Tornatore (1988)

Mock revision

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th  Theme 1:

  • L’istruzione
  • Il sistema scolastico e i problemi degli studenti; la fuga dei cervelli
  • Il mondo del lavoro
  • La parità tra i sessi; la disoccupazione; le imprese familiari; i nuovi modelli di lavoro

24th Feb – 30th March Theme 2:

  • La musica
  • Cambiamenti e sviluppi; impatto sulla cultura popolare
  • I Media
  • La libertà di espressione; la stampa cartacea e online; l’impatto sulla società e la politica
  • Il patrimonio culturale
  • Feste, usi e costumi

1st June – 13th July

Literary works-text: Io non ho paura, Niccolò Ammaniti, 2001 (novel)

 

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:  

Oral fluency: intonation, accent, pace and accuracy.

Evidence of complexity in language, knowledge of themes as well as development of analysis and critical thinking.

Students achieve at least 2 grade below their target or better at mock.

Employability skills:

Organisation, time keeping, autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility.

Communication strategies. Critical thinking. Apply knowledge independently and creatively. Research skills. Summarising skills.

Year 13 

Curriculum Intention: 

  • Develop control of the language system to convey meaning, using spoken and written skills, for both practical and intellectual purposes.
  • Develop an ability to interact effectively with users of the language in speech and in writing, including through online media.
  • Develop language learning skills and strategies, including communication strategies to sustain communication and build fluency and confidence.
  • Engage critically with stimulating texts, films and other materials in French, developing an appreciation of sophisticated and creative uses of the language and understanding them within their cultural and social context.
  • Develop knowledge about matters central to Italian society and culture, past and present.
  • Equip with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them to proceed to further study or employment.
  • Develop as independent researchers through the language of study.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th  Theme 3:

  • Theme 3: L’Italia: una società in evoluzione
  • Theme 3 is set in the context of Italy only. This theme covers social issues and trends.
  • L’impatto positivo dell’immigrazione in Italia
  • Il contributo di immigrati e migranti all’economia e alla cultura
  • I problemi della migrazione in Italia
  • Marginalizzazione e alienazione; integrazione; impatto dell’emigrazione

Jan 6th – 10th Feb  Theme 4:

  • Theme 4: Dal Fascismo ai giorni nostri
  • Theme 4 is set in the context of Italy only. This theme covers political culture.
  • L’ascesa di Mussolini al potere
  • La nascita del Partito Fascista
  • Il Fascismo durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale
  • Il governo di Mussolini e la dittatura; la vita sotto Mussolini durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale

20th April – 18th May

  • Individual research project
  • Speaking exam preparation
  • Literary works- film: Nuovo cinema paradiso, dir. Giuseppe Tornatore (1988)

 

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

  • Il divario Nord/Sud
  • Spostamenti tra Nord e Sud; il ruolo delle industrie italiane; le differenze socio-culturali; la criminalità Individual research project

24th Feb – 30th March

  • Dalla dittatura alla democrazia
  • La caduta di Mussolini; la Liberazione; le 6 nazioni Individual research project

1st June – 13th July

Exam leave

 

 

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:  What will student outcomes look like? How will you know students are making progress?

Oral fluency: intonation, accent, pace and accuracy.

Excellent presentation skills and response to unpredicted elements of conversation. Wide vocabulary. Knowledge of current affairs.

Evidence of complexity in language, knowledge of themes as well as good analysis and critical thinking. Students achieve at least 1 grade below their target or better at mock.

Employability skills:

Autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility.

Communication strategies. Critical thinking. Apply knowledge independently and creatively. Research skills. Summarising skills.