War Horse preview for city’s schools

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PORTSMOUTH’S Historic Dockyard will be one of just 12 venues across the country chosen to host an advance screening of War Horse for schools.

The event on January 10 promises to thrill youngsters with the adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s popular book about a horse’s experience in the deadly chaos of the First World War.

Schoolchildren who win places will be shown into the Action Stations auditorium by a soldier.

And after watching the film they will take part in workshops including investigating weapons and uniforms seen in the film, writing a war poem, sending Morse code messages to each other, creating a First World War recruitment poster and writing a review of the film.

A Historic Dockyard spokesman said: ‘The idea is that the students aren’t just left with the film, but are able to put it in context with their learning.’

To apply for your school to attend visit Film Education at filmeducation.org.