English KS2: War Horse - Episode 8: The toss of a coin

Soldiers from both sides wish to keep Joey. They settle his ownership with the toss of a coin in the middle of no-man's-land...and so Joey returns to the British side.


Joey finds himself between the German and British lines and two soldiers - one from each side - risk their lives trying to get him to come over to their trenches. The soldiers speak to each other in the middle of no-man’s-land and explore the futility of the fighting.

Joey is won by a toss of a coin by the British soldier who takes him back to a field hospital with stables. Coincidently it is Albert who is given Joey to clean and take care of and the two friends - man and horse - are finally reunited.

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 7: The loss of a friend
Episode 9: Illness and recovery
Episode 10: Happily ever after