English KS2: War Horse - Episode 3: The Western Front

Joey trains as a cavalry mount and makes friends with Topthorn, a black stallion. Then the two horses find themselves on a troop ship, bound for the battlefields of France.

At the start of this episode Joey meets Topthorn, another horse, who is to become his closest friend. The horses travel to France by boat and as they disembark they are faced with the sight of the wounded soldiers returning from the front line.

The squadron travel into the countryside, towards the fighting. Eventually they find themselves in battle. Nearly a quarter of the squadron are killed in this first encounter, including Captain Nicholls. Joey is then given to Trooper Warren, who cares for him with the same affection as Albert had done.

The horses are used more frequently for transporting mounted infantry and as the winter sets in Trooper Warren has to look after Joey carefully to ensure he survives the cold.

Teacher Notes

Programmes target the key learning objectives of the curriculum and all resources for English also have this purpose in common: to exploit the magic of audio and stimulate the imagination of the listener.

Curriculum Notes

These clips will be relevant for teaching English at KS2 in England and Wales, KS2 in Northern Ireland and 2nd Level in Scotland.

Teachers' Notes for War Horse
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More from this series

Episode 2: A cavalry horse
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Episode 4: Prisoners of war
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Episode 5: A brief respite
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