Tales from an Irish primary teacher
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Three landmarks stand out in the drama landscape in the last 40 years in Irish curriculum history. The first of these emerged in 1971 when drama was named as a curricular area in a new primary school curriculum called Curaclam na Bunscoile (1971-1999). Drama was to be subsumed under the subject of English. The content objectives of this 1971 drama subsection were categorised in the Teacher’s Handbook, Part 1 as follows:
• Infants (5-6 year olds) Free dramatisation and mime as creative expression of children’s experience
• Classes I-II (7-8 year olds) Dramatic activity arising from the child’s experience, with simple dramatic presentation or miming from incidents from legends and classic tales
• Classes II-IV (9-10 year olds) Informal drama arising out of the children’s own compositions
• Classes V-VI (11-12 year olds) Informal drama based on the children’s own compositions.