A WAR horse has been created by primary school students as part of an art installation which commemorates the centenary of the First World War.

Around 85 pupils at St John's Church of England Primary School, in Cliviger, have spent the last two months creating willow sculptures of animals and symbols connected with the global conflict.

Students in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 have been working with professional artist, Sarah Gallagher-Hayes, to create a life sized war horse and large willow poppies as part of a joint heritage project between Burnley Youth Theatre and the Burnley Road school.

Standing at two metres tall, the war horse has been put up as a permanent fixture in the school grounds while several giant poppies, half-a-metre in size, have been put up on the school's gates.

Youth theatre manager Laura Simpson, who is the co-coordinator of the project named 'We Will Remember', said: "The project has been a fantastic way for pupils to explore their town's World War One heritage and gain a better understanding of the impact of the war on their local area.

"One of the real highlights of the project has been the willow weaving, it has been such an experience for the pupils and the sculptures they have created are really something and will definitely contribute to the legacy of the project."

Aside from the artwork creations, children from Years 3, 4 and 5 have been spending the last eight weeks creating a drama based performance focusing on key moments in the First World War, including the 1914 Christmas truce and the signing of the armistice.

However the performance will not just showcase what life was like for soldiers on the front lines but also for people living in Cliviger and Burnley during the four year war.

As part of the performance each child has written their own letter home signed as one of the 24 soldiers from Cliviger who fought in the war.

These will be read out during the showcase while Year 2 pupils will perform a selection of war time songs as part of the performance.

People will be able to watch the school showcase on two dates: Monday, November 5 from 2pm to 6pm and Tuesday, November 6 at 6pm.