At St Mary MacKillop, the LOTE – Italian program is designed to foster a love of learning languages.
The children engage in many different learning experiences including; singing, role playing, listening to stories, games and reflecting on both the Italian language and the rich culture and history of the country.
Where possible, the Italian program works alongside the classroom Faith Life Inquiry (FLI) units of work, further consolidating the children’s learning. The children are encouraged to develop their knowledge of the Italian language throughout the lessons, using simple greetings and communication skills.
To further embed the language and culture into the children’s learning, they take part in a Carnevale celebration on our Italian Day which is celebrated every two years. On these days the children dress up, wear the face ask they have created and celebrate through music, dance and eating spaghetti, pizza and gelato.