PUPILS at a Uttoxeter school have enjoyed a visit to the cinema to see the film that has dominated the box office so far this year – as part of their history and French studies.
Year 8 pupils at Windsor Park Middle School were taken on a trip the to watch the all-conquering musical Les Miserables.
Les Miserables, the film adaptation of the stage musical, tells the story of an ex-convict, Jean Valjean, who becomes mayor of a town in France.
Soon exposed, Valjean agrees to take care of Cosette, the illegitimate daughter of the dying Fantine, but as a fugitive must also avoid being captured again by police inspector Javert.
The plot spans 17 years and is set against a backdrop of political turmoil during the French Revolution, which in the film culminates in the June Rebellion of France.
The Oscar-winning film stars Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway and has been a huge hit at the UK Box Office, taking over £35 million.
This was a joint History and French trip organised as a way to aid pupils understanding of the French Revolution and its consequences, which was also part of their History module on how and why kings lose power.
In French, the pupils compiled a film review and used it as a research tool to look at culture and the background of Victor Huglife.
A spokesman for the Springfield Road school said: “The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the trip and it has helped them to gain a greater understanding of what life was like at this time and the effect that the revolution had on people’s lives.”