Educational drama, as it is envisaged in the curriculum, is a creative process that provides children with a wide range of valuable learning experiences. It is improvisational in nature and involves every aspect of the child’s personality: spiritual, moral, emotional, intellectual, imaginative and physical. In the enactment of a story about characters in certain circumstances, at some particular time and in some particular situation, children can explore conflicts, issues, consequences, attitudes, emotions, concerns and preoccupations that are important to the understanding of real life.          


These curriculum “glance cards” were designed to provide a one-page overview of the content objectives in each strand unit for all class levels. It is not intended that these glance cards replace the curriculum documents but that rather they will provide an immediate snapshot of how particular concepts are developed from infants to sixth class.


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Primary School Curriculum Introduction

 The Drama content is presented in one strand at each level:


Drama to explore feelings, knowledge and ideas leading to understanding


Within the strand the detailed elements of content are presented in three strand units which describe aspects of drama exploration, experience and activity.


The strand units are:


  • Exploring and making drama
  • Reflecting on drama
  • Co-operating and communicating in making drama


A  fundamental  principle  of  the  curriculum  is  that  children’s  current  understanding  and knowledge should form the basis for new learning. The curriculum is designed to follow an incremental approach to teaching and learning by increasing the complexity of concepts as the child progresses through the primary school. The content objectives outlined in each of the strand units observe a spiral progression as the curriculum advances from infants to sixth class.