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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 skills and in virtually every subject area. Case studies of this work feature in The Scottish Arts Council  publication The Art of Learning. (See Downloads).


Secondary schools arguably face a greater challenge in connecting with CfE than primaries. Timetable pressures, assessments and lack of resources in an over-crowded curriculum have been cited as potential barriers to progression.

For this reason, Replico recognises that value, efficiency, relevance and sustainability are essential to our services to secondary schools.

Careful planning and regular consultation with staff have been vital success factors for previous projects. (See Production Portfolio)


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



Secondary Schools


Literacy and English

Modern Languages

Some of the greatest achievements in literature use the dramatic form. Play-script can be a highly enjoyable and accessible medium whereby pupils can exercise their reading and writing skills working in teams. We have designed numerous class-room friendly contexts for this purpose which explore structure, setting, characterisation and dialogue. These techniques can be readily applied to other literary forms and linked to other curricular topics (See below).


Samples of scripts and planning outlines to suit different levels can be found in Downloads.


When graduating to more sophisticated material, many pupils and staff admit to being daunted by the prospect of bringing classical text to life. Replico is uniquely placed to offer schools support in this area and more details can found in English Literature Support.

Expressive Arts

Media presentation offers pupils an exciting opportunity to exercise written and spoken language skills. Our experience in primary schools through Arts Across the Curriculum and involvement with Partners in Excellence (see Production Portfolio) has yielded a range of effective strategies including documentary or travelogue, magazine, short film, web-cast etc.


Existing scripts have been used for translation exercises in secondary schools and could easily be developed for pupils of French, German, Spanish or Italian. We are also happy to support literary study of Moliere, Brecht, Lorca, Pirandello etc.


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

Social Studies

The principles and practice for Social Studies state that CfE experiences and outcomes should promote “learning about human activities and achievements in the past and present”, “an understanding of our values, beliefs and cultures and those of others” and “the principles of democracy and citizenship through experience of critical and independent thinking”.


Historic events present an irresistible lure to dramatists, journalists and documentary-makers. Background knowledge undoubtedly enhances the reciprocal understanding of art, literature, philosophy and science.

(See English Literature Support)


Locating, exploring and linking “periods, people and events in time and place” and “features and places locally and further afield” are integral to the research processes of media production and invaluable to effective storytelling.


Religious and Moral Education

Religious and moral education is a process where children and young people engage in a search for meaning, value and purpose in life. This involves both the exploration of beliefs and values and the study of how such beliefs and values are expressed.

                                                                                                                            Building the Curriculum 1


Many aspects of the above-mentioned subject areas connect with the CfE outcomes and experiences for R&ME.  Replico has developed a range of support materials and activities exploring values and citizenship which also link to health and well-being. (See Production Portfolio). We would be happy to develop these with more specific reference to R&ME outcomes.

Replico was originally founded in response to the introduction of Higher Still Drama. Schools across Scotland enjoyed touring productions with complementary workshops such as Crimes of the Conscience which used scenes from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible to support the study of a play in its theatrical context.


Contemporary Scottish Theatre

The following titles and playwrights have been given a variety of theatre and media treatments.

Passing Places                                                            Knives in Hens   

Dissent                           Stephen Greenhorn               Kill the Old Torture Their Young        David Harrower 

Quelques Fleurs                                                          The Architect

Perfect Days                   Liz Lochhead                        Caledonia Dreaming                            David Greig


The Slab Boys                John Byrne                           Bondagers                                            Sue Glover


Tally’s Blood

Brothers of Thunder      Ann Marie Di Mambro           For What We Are About to Receive   Nicola McCartney 

(See Production Portfolio - Other Commissions).


Digital clips available on You Tube or via                              

drama teachers glow group (log in required). 


We are happy to offer consultations and CPD to

support new interdisciplinary approaches. (See CPD)


World changing discoveries and trailblazing personalities offer so much potential for interdisciplinary exploration and media treatment. Here are some suggested angles of approach linking extraordinary individuals to key events.



The Renaissance                                      How Mary Stuart Lost her Head


Michelangelo. Leonardo da Vinci. Martin Luther. John Knox. Shakespeare. Galileo. The printing press. Discovery of the New World. The Reformation. The Union of Crowns.



Civil War and Revolution             The Birth of Parliamentary Democracy


The Stuarts. The Covenanters. Cromwell.  Newton. Wren. The Glorious Revolution. Walpole. The Acts of Union. The Jacobites. The Clearances.  The Slave Trade.



The Enlightenment.                                      Liberty, Rights and Reason


Adam Smith and The Wealth of Nations. Thomas Paine and The Rights of Man.

Robert Adam. James Boswell. James Watt. The Industrial Revolution.

The American Revolution. Abolition of slavery. Burns. Mozart.


The Romantics                                                      Feeling and Expression


The impact of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars on the likes of Burns, Scott, Blake, Byron, Shelley, Wordsworth and Keats with soundtrack by Beethoven and settings by Turner.


The Twentieth Century                                         An Age of Global Conflict


Causes and social effects of WW1. The war poets. The Great Depression.

Red Clydeside. Expressionism. Moving image.The Spanish Civil War. Picasso. Lorca. Spark. Orwell. Einstein. WW2. Gandhi. The Space Age.


Previous commissions include -

Minstrel in the Gallery

This cross-cultural collaboration for East Ayrshire Council used Dean Castle as a stimulus for a series of drama and media workshops plus the production of a CD Rom as a sustainable resource for 5-14 Expressive Arts.  It includes background information to William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobite Rebellion (See Downloads).  Funded by SAC CCiSS Special Project Fund.

Local Heroes - The Covenanters

This series of drama and scriptwriting workshops for S3/4 explored the brutal and tragic times of the covenanters.  Pupils script submissions were developed into a short screen-play sequence and subsequently filmed with professional.

Sciences may seem less likely subjects for dramatic or media exploration. However, the social background and the personalities associated with the great discoveries have on many occasions inspired artists, writers and especially movie-makers.


An appreciation of this approach can make a valuable contribution to the following main purposes of learning in the sciences as stated in the CfE principles and practice.


  1. develop a curiosity and understanding of their environment and their place in the living, material and physical world

  1. demonstrate a secure knowledge and understanding of the big ideas and concepts of the sciences

  1. recognise the role of creativity and inventiveness in the development of the sciences

  1. recognise the impact the sciences make on their lives, the lives of others, the environment and on society

  1. develop an understanding of the Earth’s resources and the need for responsible use of them

  1. express opinions and make decisions on social, moral, ethical, economic and environmental issues based upon sound understanding



We would be happy to develop activities and support materials to enrich investigations of the life and work of any of the following - Galileo, Newton, Watt, Pasteur, Jenner, Darwin, Edison, Bell, Nobel, Marconi, Fleming, Einstein, Baird...


Through Arts Across the Curriculum we have already delivered units exploring the following topics within the area of Informed Attitudes.


Organ Donation

S3 pupils engaged in role-play activities and mock debates exploring the pros and cons of an opt-out donation system.


Global Warming

S3 pupils gathered data and images to form the basis of of multi-media presentations.

Animal Testing

This series of workshops used sketch show comedy techniques to satirise extreme or stereotypical points of view.

S3 pupils helped to devise a script which they went on to perform and film. This unit is featured in the SAC publication The Art of Learning.


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