Published April 3, 2013 by Tony


What do children study in Italian elementary school?
In Italy, children aged from three to five attend nursery school or kindergarten, followed by primary school, called elementary school, which has a duration of five years, and for children aged 6 and above. In elementary school, upon request, parents can choose between “single teacher class” (one teacher for each classroom), or the “didactic module“, consisting of three or four teachers holder of a different subject area (linguistic-expressive mathematical-scientific, anthropological).
Most primary schools are “full time”, i.e. where the school day is divided over 40 hours per week, from Monday to Friday, 8 hours per day, and in these cases there is a school canteen.
In each class two co-owners teachers alternate in the morning and in the afternoon, with preset times and different discipline areas to teach. Education is based on the following disciplines:

Italian, English, History, Geography, Mathematics, Science, Technology and IT, Music, Art and Design, Physical Education and Catholic Religion, topics which, from the first year until the fifth, are step by step deepened.
With regard to the most important subjects:


Children who begin the first year of primary school are already able to read and write, but the teaching starts with giving more knowledge of Italian, through:
research and writing of words containing double consonants, plural forms of nouns (ending with the four vowels a, e, i, o, u), the use of adjectives and adverbs, time and manner of verbs, the creation of simple phrases that makes sense.
The study of Italian grammar is gradually deepened in subsequent years and, through reading, study of famous poetries and fictions, and subjecting elaboration of essays and recaps, to the pupil is given the opportunity to write more correctly in Italian.

In the first year of primary school, children should already be able to count and teaching begins with the arithmetic basic rules, through the memorization of multiplication tables, with the study and execution of the four algebraic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division). During the five years, the child will know the basic principles of algebra and geometry, finishing the course with the knowledge of fractions, and binomials.

The study of human history begins with the prehistory and continues through the course of five years from the great civilizations up to the Roman.


The study of geography begins with the knowledge of landscapes and the concept of orientation until to study the physical and economic geography of Italy and its regions.


It starts with knowledge about elements, natural phenomena, passing from Animal Kingdom to the study of the human body.



It starts with the knowledge of common words until to be able to compose simple sentences and their translations.



At the end of the fifth years, children who are eligible to continue, pass to the next compulsory course of study, the lower secondary school (known as middle school) for a period of three years.



  • Intro To Me
    My name is Cody. I am 12. I go to Melville Intermediate School.
    Questions about Italy
    Do Italian people live modern or traditional lives?
    How do you get around?
    Is spaghetti bolognaises your national food?
    Was the leaning tower of Pisa ever strait?
    Did the lasagne originate from Italy?
    What sort of plants do you keep in your gardens?
    Where did your ancestors come from?
    What is your national sport?
    Do you speak any other languages in Italy?
    What is your national animal?
    can you reply asap please.

    • Hello Cody!
      Where are you from and how old?
      I will try to answer your questions, but it was better if you contacted me by email.
      I wonder where your curiosity comes and why?
      1 – Depends on what you mean. I believe that we all live a modern life although in some cases certain traditions are maintained. It also depends on where you live, whether it is a big city or a small country town.
      2 – How do we get around? If you do mean transportation, here there are many cars around, but as in all countries of the world you travel using public transport, trains or planes.
      3 – Bologna is a city like many others and has its typical dishes, but not for this “spaghetti bolognaises” are a national dish. I often eat them even if I am not from Bologna, as well as one who lives in Bologna can eat “spaghetti with clams” or pizza which are typical Neapolitan dishes.
      4 – The Tower of Pisa was straight when it was built.
      5 – Yeah, I think lasagna is a typical dish born in Italy.
      6 – I’m sorry but I do not have a garden and have to settle for potted plants on my balcony.
      7 – I’ve never done a deep research but I believe that some were originally from Calabria.
      8 – I suppose the most popular and widespread sport in Italy are two: football and Formula 1
      9 – No, the national language is Italian and every region has its own dialect. In addition to the local dialects there are other languages.
      10 – Italy does not have an animal as national symbol.
      If you are interested to know more please contact me by email.

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