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Curriculum for Excellence

The CfE experiences and outcomes, principles of curriculum design and contexts for learning present a real opportunity to promote the value of drama, media and the expressive arts to life-long learning.


Through Arts Across the Curriculum, Replico has attained an enviable track record in delivering high-quality projects targeting CfE. Drama and media lend themselves to a breadth of imaginative possibilities in the development of literacy across the curriculum. Case studies of this work feature in The Scottish Arts Council  publication The Art of Learning. (See Downloads). This approach has proved particularly effective in the more flexible environment of primary schools.


Key success factors            Clear links between 5 - 14 and CfE outcomes

                                            Emphasis on literacy

                                            Achievable artistic goals

                                            Pupil and staff enjoyment

                                            Sustainable resources


This page gives further examples of contexts which have already been developed and suggestions which we recommend for consideration.


Primary Schools


Literacy and English

Modern Languages

Creative Writing


Essential fiction titles Rumpelstiltskin, Metalmiss, Cinderella and The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark have all been given stage and TV treatments through Arts Across the Curriculum. Pupils explore the story through drama games, improvisation and exercises in performance technique. Then, working from simple templates, they create their own scripts and storyboards which are subsequently rehearsed and performed. These strategies are common to all our primary contexts (see below) but especially appropriate to imaginative storytelling.


As well as achieving many outcomes in reading, writing, listening and talking, pupils simultaneously meet the expressive arts outcomes for drama. When time and resources can be devoted to production, art and design, music and ICT outcomes can also be targeted. These units are adaptable to all levels and we are more than happy to consider other titles in current use.


Samples of scripts and planning outlines can be found in Downloads.


A variety of text-based approaches linking to citizenship and health and well-being can be found in our

Production Portfolio.

Expressive Arts


Through Arts Across the Curriculum, P5 / 6 pupils produced a TV travelogue promoting their local area entirely in French. Drama and media skills were applied to aspects of Our Town / Village (see social studies below).  Storyboards were subsequently developed into a working script and with the teacher’s guidance, translated into French.

Pupils then performed the material on camera learning a variety of broadcasting skills such as voice-over, piece to camera and guest interviews. The resulting DVD La Journee Ou Nous Sommes Devenus Francais is available for demonstration. We would be happy to consider other contexts and languages.


Pupil quotes                             ...felt quite confident about speaking a new language...

                                               ...getting to do team work it was really good...

                                              ...we learnt new things every time...

                                             ...I liked seeing and hearing myself on TV...


Samples of scripts and planning outlines can be found in Downloads.

Our network of freelance specialists is well-equipped and happy to facilitate any element of expressive arts outcomes. While transferal of acting or broadcasting skills is the principal focus, staging a production will frequently involve music, dance and art and design.


Replico has produced and supported countless school and touring productions and are happy to offer support and advice on any aspect from set and lighting design to mask-work, mime or vocal technique. This process invariably covers the CfE drama outcomes, however, we are also happy to explore any specific area in more detail if required.


We have also delivered a variety of CPD courses to support stage production, and curricular or non-curricular contexts for drama. Details of these can found in the CPD section.


Samples of scripts and drama strategies can be found in Downloads.

Social Studies

History and the natural world offer a treasure chest of opportunities for drama and, in particular, media treatment. Replico has tackled the following topics linking 5 - 14 environmental studies to CfE outcomes and experiences through Arts Across the Curriculum.


The Egyptians

Movement, mime and script work vividly illustrated life in ancient Egypt. Art and design follow-up included displays of hieroglyphs, cartouches, canopic jars,  mini pyramids and sphinx sculptures. P4 pupils explored everyday experiences for rich and poor, life on the pyramid building-site, the ritual of mummification and the discovery by archaeologists.


The Vikings

These sessions used movement, script and voice work to track the vikings story, from leaving the fjords to the perilous journey, the battles for survival, settlement and the eventual establishment of their culture. The combined elements were filmed and produced on DVD by P4 pupils.


Scottish Wars of Independence

Exercises in characterisation, roleplay, mime, improvisation and stage fighting, led to the production of scripts and storyboards by P5 pupils. These were developed using local museum resources into a fully-costumed movie reenactment of the Battle of Bannockburn and produced on DVD. This unit is featured in the SAC publication The Art of Learning.


World War Two

With the aid of museum loan-kits and contemporary sound recordings P5 pupils created improvised scenes exploring the realities of evacuation, rationing and air-raids from the perspective of children during the blitz.


The Brazilian Rain-forest

This unit used elements of Brazilian culture such as samba, carnival, beach life and, of course, football to create a social backdrop to the conservation issues surrounding the rain-forest. P4 / 5 pupils took part in a multi-media presentation combining drama, dance, digital animation and samba drumming with The Beats of Brazil.


Our Town / Village

Exercises in broadcasting skills such as piece to camera, voice-over and vox-pops were used to develop scripts and storyboards. P4 / 5 pupils combined and structured these elements to create a travelogue of their local area.


Scotland Physical

Exercises in broadcasting skills were developed, as above, only this time, P5 pupils created

a detailed travelogue of their favourite places to visit in Scotland.


Samples of scripts and planning outlines can be found in Downloads.

Staff Comments


This was an excellent series and was a “grand finale” to an amazing topic, which the pupils thoroughly enjoyed.


Reading, writing, researching, art and design, ICT, PE, music and drama were all part of the topic, which was curriculum for excellence in action.


Pupils learned a lot, were very involved and enjoyed this series very much indeed


“The knowledge and understanding for earth and space, energy and forces and living things and the processes of life, reflect the major areas of scientific investigation and relate directly to children's everyday experiences.


Science is a human endeavour that depends on creativity and imagination. It is important that learning activities encourage and develop these important characteristics and at the same time sustain and promote curiosity and enjoyment, so that a lasting interest in science is established.”

(Quotes from 5 - 14 Guidelines)


Scientific investigation can be greatly enhanced by imaginative illustration. Ironically, some of the less tangible elements of drama such as games, movement and mime connect readily to seemingly abstract topics such as forces or atoms and molecules. Replico has tackled the following topics linking 5 - 14 Science to CfE outcomes and experiences through Arts Across the Curriculum.


Conservation and pollution

This media unit allowed P5 pupils to choose and research a range of conservation topics. After developing scripts, storyboards and vocal technique they produced a video campaign to promote awareness of their chosen issue.


Heat, Light and Sound

This unit for P2/3 used a variety of games and exercises in movement, mime and percussion to explore the properties of different types of energy, their effects on everyday life and how we put them to good use.


The solar system

P4/5 pupils used the genre of science fiction to create an imaginary spaceship on which they traveled from planet to planet using prepared data to inform their observations and responses to the conditions they encountered.


Samples of scripts and planning outlines can be found in Downloads.

Religious and Moral Education