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Introducing ourselves in Italian – Presentiamoci

IMG_6124[1]When we meet someone for the first time it is nice to ask them their name. In English we might say “Hi. What is your name?” In Italian we can say “Ciao. Come ti chiami?” The correct response in Italian is “Mi chiamo ________”.

For the past two weeks we have been learning about these two sentences and practising them through the medium of music as well as through repetition, games and writing.

The song we learnt last week is titled “Come ti chiami?” and the children had a chance to use a tambourine or maracas during this session. It was so much fun!

The children are currently producing a class book of greetings, using newspaper cuttings and speech bubbles.

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I Numeri – iPad creations

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These are some of our iPad Drawing Pad creations. Sono fantastici!

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I Numeri

We are currently learning about the numbers from 1-10 in Italian.

1 = uno

2 = due

3 = tre

4 = quattro

5 = cinque

6 = sei

7 = sette

8 = otto

9 = nove

10 = dieci

You may like to use this link to practice ‘i numeri’ (the numbers).



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Recently we learnt that people in Itally like to celebrate Carnevale each year prior to Easter (usually celebrated in February or March and for a 10-day period). It is celebrated in different ways, but in many cities people dress up in fancy dress, some wear masks (the word for mask is ‘maschera’) and some cities have parades with floats and street parties.  We watched a few clips about how Carnevale is celebrated in different cities of Italy.  Venice is the Italian city that is most famous for their elaborate masks and costumes during Carnevale time.

The children in grade prep and one also created their own paper mask to take home – I hope you enjoyed looking at their beautiful creations. Wishing you all a very happy Easter and holiday time. Buona Pasqua!


I Saluti – The Greetings

Your children may have come home recently saying some Italian words to you.

Here are some of the words we have been learning:

Ciao = Hi and Bye

Buongiorno = Good morning

Buonasera = Good afternoon

Buonanotte = Good night

Arrivederci = Good bye

A presto = See you soon

You may like to use the link below at home to assist your children with their learning – or to do some learning of your own 🙂

Grazie, Signora Mammino


Welcome – Benvenuti

IMG_3786Welcome back to all our grade 1 students, and welcome to all our prep students.  I am looking forward to a fabulous year of Italian learning with you all.

This term we will be learning about three main things:

  • The country Italy – it’s location, language, population, what it is famous for.
  • Italian greetings – how to say ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’, ‘see you soon’, ‘good morning’, ‘good afternoon’ and ‘good night’.
  • Italian introductions – how to introduce ourselves (‘my name is…’) and ask others what their name is (‘what is your name?’ and ‘what is his/her name?’).

The Italian room is located in the middle of the main school building, near the front office and staffroom. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email or in person.  My email address is






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Feste e Celebrazioni – Festivals and Celebrations

During the second half of term 4, we began by exploring the many festivals and celebrations that are celebrated around the world.  In fact, we discovered that the prep students know about more than 20 different celebrations.

We then talked about five of the main festivals and celebrations celebrated in Italy. These are:

Easter = Pasqua

Name Day = Onomastico

Birthday = Compleanno

Christmas = Natale

Carnival = Carnevale

The children finished the term off by spending time baking Italian biscuits and learning about how Italian people celebrate Natale (Christmas).

It is hard to believe that this is the last week of Italian lessons for the year – it sure has been a fantastic first year of Italian lessons at Oatlands.

Buon Natale a tutti! (Merry Christmas everyone)

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Italy Country Study

During the first three weeks of this term, the prep students expanded their knowledge of the country Italy and some of it’s most famous cities.  We watched You Tube clips, talked, wrote, drew, cut, pasted and coloured along the way. 

We talked about the cities of Rome, Venice, Naples and Pisa. 

You may like to watch the You Tube clip titled ‘Introducing Italy’ or ‘Leaning Tower of Pisa – Mocomi Kids’. Both of these clips are very educational and entertaining at the same time.

I hope you enjoyed looking through the little Italy booklet the children worked on. I was very proud of their efforts. This week they will also  bring home a picture of either the Colosseum, a pizza or a gondola.

Ben fatto a tutti! Well done everyone.


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La Famiglia (The family)

For the past four weeks, we have been learning about La Famiglia. We have learnt how to say many family members names in Italian. Here are some examples:

Mum = mamma or madre

Dad = papà or padre

I/me = io

Brother = fratello

Sister = sorella

Bambina = baby girl

Bambino = baby boy

Here are some photos and a video of their learning.


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