Pupils create film to commemorate First World War battle

Members of the St Joseph's Primary School research club watch their film Living On The Edge of a Bullet.
Members of the St Joseph's Primary School research club watch their film Living On The Edge of a Bullet.
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Aspiring historians at a Hartlepool primary school got to grips with the past when they created a film about the events of the First World War.

Pupils at St Joseph’s Primary School in Musgrave Walk have made their own film called ‘Living On The Edge Of A Bullet’ to commemorate the Battle of the Somme.

The youngsters aged between eight and 10, took on the project in April, during the after-school research club.

Teaching assistant Deborah Boffy said the children researched the film with professionals, before production and the group of seven premiered their film on July 1 at the Heugh Gun Battery, in front of friends and family.

The 10-minute film sees the children act out the role of soldiers and use animation in the form of puppets and create their own melody which will be the theme music in the production.

She said: “The children loved making the film.

“They have been so creative and they have learned so many skills along the way.

“It really boosted their confidence and communication skills as they were script wring and learning skills they haven’t tried before.

“We will be holding a second screening of the film at the school so their fellow pupils can see what they have made.

“It has been a real success.”

The Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire lasting from July 1, 1916 to November 18, 1916.