English KS2: War Horse - Episode 7: The loss of a friend

The German camp is attacked by the British and a terrified Joey bolts away from the gunfire. Later he finds himself alone in no-man's-land, his leg injured.


At the start of this Episode Topthorn dies, Joey is devastated and remains with his friend even after shelling begins and he finds himself in the middle of a battle. Friedrich also remains with him and then he is also killed in the unfolding battle.

The next morning Joey is frightened by the appearance of a tank and he runs in panic away from Topthorn. In his terror he runs into no-man’s-land. The men on both sides try to encourage him over to their side of the wire but he remains where he is.

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



More from this series

Episode 6: Working for the Germans
Episode 8: The toss of a coin
Episode 9: Illness and recovery