Humanities - In the spotlight

6th January 2012 at 00:00

War Horse: from page to screen to schools

A highly successful novel, a phenomenal stage production, and now a major Hollywood film, there is no better time to explore the story of War Horse.

The National Army Museum and Film Education have teamed up to offer an exciting array of teaching materials that explore the War Horse story through key stage 3 history and English.

On Friday 13 January, the museum is hosting a one-day CPD event for teachers, exploring the text from a number of standpoints, including:

- responding to the main issues arising in War Horse;

- evaluating and assessing interpretations of the past;

- considering why different events, people and situations are interpreted in different ways;

- connecting ideas, experiences, texts and words.

The event includes a visit to the War Horse: Fact and Fiction exhibition, which opened in October 2011 and offers a chance to explore Film Education's new online resource focusing on Steven Spielberg's adaptation.

Interspersed with content from the novel, play and film, the exhibition explores the history of real war horses and their vital role on the battlefield. School visits are free, but must be booked in advance. Film Education will also be hosting free school film screenings nationwide throughout January.

For all the recommended resources visit

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today