It's Buki's birthday and she has invited her friends to celebrate on one of the hills in Rome. They're all dressed in togas, like ancient Romans, and after the birthday greetings Buki finds out what her presents are. They also beat down the traditional Pignatta, which is full of sweets and trinkets. Then it's time to eat, and bring on the birthday cake. Spoken in Italian with Italian graphics. Narration in English.

This clip is from:
Being Italian
First broadcast:
8 February 2010

This clip could be used to introduce vocabulary and key phrases relating to clothing, food and birthday celebration activities. Before watching the clip, the teachers could provide each child with one or two cards displaying the items that will be mentioned in the clip. While watching the clip the children could raise their card in the air when ‘their’ item is mentioned. Children could then be asked to talk about the differences and similarities of their own birthday celebrations compared to those of children in Italy.

Could be used to introduce vocabulary relevant to what people like and dislike. Children could be asked to produce a list of items they would like to be available at their birthday party or to receive as a present. Conversely they could describe things that they would not like. Role-play could be an option in developing these language elements.