Italian Masks

Italian Language and Culture

Term 1 Overview 

Rose Bisignano:



Foundation students will embark on their Italian learning journey by engaging with the Italian folktale ‘Pinocchio.’ We will be reading many Italian texts together. Students will be given the opportunity to learn Italian greetings, numbers, colours and simple phrases by participating in classroom activities, playing games with peers, and singing songs. Students will reproduce sounds of the Italian language and use them in a meaningful context by responding to the story of Pinocchio and the characters. 


Year 6

This term the grade 6s will be participating in a joint Drama and Italian exploration of Commedia dell’Arte, the Italian theatre tradition that commenced in the 16th Century. At North Melbourne Primary School we are very fortunate to have secured the services of the Artistic Director of ‘Make a Scene’, Rosa Campagnaro, who will come in and work with the children on a weekly basis. Students will be learning about the stock characters such as Pantalone, Arlecchino, and Colombina, the significance of masks, stylised movement, improvisation, audience interaction, and lazzi (comic gags). Students will discuss each character’s traits in Italian and contribute Italian phrases whilst completing scriptwriting tasks.