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We offer the following literacy workshops for schools covering the First World War.  Please contact the Curator, Chris Copson, for more information.

Literacy, Key Stage 2 - 3.

War Horse and Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo.

A workshop using artefacts and written sources to bring the background of two of Michael Morpurgo’s children’s books set in WW1 to life. This session looks at the real model for War Horse – the Yeomanry Regiments of Devon and Dorset and the life of a soldier in the trenches. As part of the session, groups can try on uniforms and equipment from both cavalry and infantry and look at the impact of the war on the communities of Devon and Dorset. As part of the Private Peaceful study, the concept of soldiers being “shot at dawn” is also explored.

N.B. This workshop can be focussed on either War Horse or Private Peaceful or both stories.

Literacy, Key Stage 3-4.

The War Poets.

This workshop looks at the background and experience that shaped the poets of the First World War including Sassoon, Owen, McCrae and the Devon’s own poet, William Noel Hodgson. Poems covered include “Memorial Tablet” and “On Passing the New Menin Gate” (Sassoon), “Dulce et decorum est” and “Anthem for Doomed Youth” (Owen), “In Flanders Fields” (McCrae) and “Before Action” (Hodgson).

Groups will gain an understanding of the conditions and environment of the Western Front via access to uniforms, equipment, images and archive materials.

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