Under the instruction of a specialist teacher, Italian is implemented across years 1-6 in a one-hour lesson per week.
The Italian program focuses on the acquisition of linguistic competencies and cultural learning with a key emphasis on speaking and listening in the early years through to reading and writing in upper primary.
Students are provided with opportunities to demonstrate their linguistic skills and knowledge in a variety of activities and tasks such as songs, games, movement and drama as well as having access to digital platforms such as Languagenut, annual competitions and community cultural events through Italo-Australian Cultural Centre, MLTAWA and WAATI.
Students have fun, are relaxed and confident about learning Italian and build on previous learning. The language skills taught in Italian cross-over and reinforce many of those taught in English. Senior students are encouraged to set long-term goals and value learning a second language, to continue their studies in high school and beyond.
Last year Richmond Primary School students were ranked fifth in the world on Languagenut.