Linked to our work about Florence Nightingale, we looked at the effect germs can have on our bodies and how quickly they can make food mouldy.
We turned into Super Scientists and we had a go at testing our reflexes as well as our sense of smell and touch. It was difficult to guess what the smells and the objects were without using our eyes.
Then we set up an experiment to see how germs could make food mouldy. We used three pieces of bread but did different things to each one.
- In the first – we called this CONTROL as we didn’t touch the piece of bread with our hands. We used tongs and placed it into a clear bag.
- In the second – we called this UNWASHED as we made sure we put lots of germs on the piece of bread by rubbing it between our hands before we placed it into the clear bag.
- In the third – we called this WASHED as we made sure we washed our hands carefully with soap and water before we rubbed our hands on the piece of bread and placed it into the clear bag.
- All three bags were placed in the same place so that we could make sure it was a fair test.
We continued to be Super Scientists by making a prediction about which piece of bread would have the most mouldy. Our predictions are below:
- 2 children thought the CONTROL would have the most mould.
- 25 children thought the UNWASHED would have the most mould.
- 3 children thought the WASHED would have the most mould.
We left the bread for a week and our results are below:
- All three pieces of bread had gone mouldy.
- It was clear from looking at the pieces of bread that the UNWASHED had the most amount of mould on it, followed by the WASHED and finally the CONTROL.
As a class, we discussed why the UNWASHED had the most amount of mould on it. It had the most amount of germs on it and the control had none because it hadn’t been touched by anyone’s hands.
We know how important it is to wash our hands before we eat and after we have been to the toilet as we don’t want these germs inside our bodies.
If they can turn bread mouldy, what can they do to the inside of our bodies?
If you read our class blog a few weeks ago, you will know that we have been learning about Florence Nightingale and would know that there was a very special visitor in school…
Check here out this post to have a quick catch up…
We have made a video to show you just what we got up to with our special visitor. Let us know in the comments sections below what you think!
At Prince Edward, we have changed the way that we complete homework.
This half term we have been learning all about Florence Nightingale and homework this half term was to create something that reflected the learning that the children had taken part in.
Here are some of Pearl class’ entries…
This superstar visited the library with her mum to learn more about Florence Nightingale!
What a fantastic effort – you really were able to bring your learning to life.
We are looking forward to seeing what next half term brings…
Summer 1 was all about Florence Nightingale.
We learnt lots about her life and why she is famous over the past 6 weeks.
Can you remember the answer to any of these questions?
- What year was she born?
- Why was she called Florence?
- How old was she when she died?
- Why did Florence want to be a nurse?
- What did Florence find when she arrived in Scutari?
- How did Florence make changes for the better in Scutari?
- How do we remember Florence today?
If you aren’t sure of any of the answers, Pearl class worked in pairs to make information books on the iPads all about Florence Nightingale. Click on one of the links to read one of our fabulous books!
FN – Abigail and Akram
FN book – Aissata and Laura
FN book – Aiva and Narla
FN book – Alfie and Tanya
FN book – Connor and Summer
FN book – Corey and Grace
FN book – Dannilou and Kaiden
FN book – David and Lacey-Mae
FN book – Justin and Harvey
FN book – Kadi and Lowan
FN book – Lacey and Megan
FN book – Leo
FN book – Oliver and Emily
FN book – Skyla and Logan
We also had a very special visitor in school before we broke up for half term. Keep your eyes peeled on the blog for a video coming up very soon!
This half term, we have been learning all about the life and times of Florence Nightingale and to end our topic, we had a very special visitor.
Can you remember any facts that you have learnt about Florence Nightingale?
When and where was she born?
When did she die?
What was she famous for?
How do we remember her today?
We went back in time to the Crimean War in 1855 in the middle of the Crimean War to learn what it was like to be a nurse or a soldier in Scutari hospital.
Where did the Crimean War take place? Do you know where Scutari is? Use a map to find out.
The hospitals were dirty and soldiers had to sleep on the floor because there weren’t enough beds. There was no clean water and the food that the soldiers ate was mouldy. Rats carried disease throughout the hospital and many soldiers were dying from the poor conditions rather than their injuries.
Florence took a team of nurses to try and make the conditions better for the soldiers. We imagined what it would have been like to be there as a nurse or a soldier.
What was it like to dress up? Did you enjoy it? Could you have imagined what it was like to be a soldier or a nurse in the Crimean War?
We had a look at some artefacts and had to handle them carefully because they were fragile and old.
We also got to complete lots of other activities like playing with old-fashioned toys and games, making lavender bags and pretending to cook for the injured soldiers.
Thank you Florence for coming to visit, we had an amazing time!
How to continue the learning at home:
- Click here to play the BBC game about Florence Nightingale.
- Use Google to research more about the life and times of Florence Nightingale.
- Draw a picture of Florence Nightingale.
- Write a diary entry about your experience of Florence coming to visit.
This week, we have had history come to life! As a special treat to finish the end of our topic, Florence Nightingale came to our school. It felt like we were actually in the Crimean War helping Florence Nightingale or being one of the soldiers.
We got a chance to dress up and it was so much fun. We could be Florence Nightingale, one of the nurses who helped her or we could have been one of the soldiers.
The lady brought lots of different artefacts with her so we had the opportunity to handle real-life objects like they would have had in 1854. There was even a severed hand in there too!
We had learnt that the hospitals in Scutari were disgusting. They were full of flea-ridden rats, the food was often mouldy, the water was infected and the injured soldiers often had to sleep on the floor as there were no beds left for them to rest on.
When Florence and her nurses came, she began to change all of this. Florence was using her own money to look after the soldiers and they started to get better. We have learnt that she had a nickname. The soldiers used to call her ‘The Lady with the Lamp’ because during the night, Florence would go and check up on the soldiers to make sure that they were okay with a small lamp.
Everyone had so much fun, teachers included! A massive thank you to Florence for coming to visit us.
What you can do to support your child’s learning at home:
- Ask your child if they can recall any of the facts that have learnt about Florence Nightingale.
- Click here to play a game and learn more about Florence.
We are so excited to be learning about Florence Nightingale that Miss Varley has created Scutari hospital for us to recreate what it must have been like during the Crimean War.
We have learnt that Scutari is in a place called Turkey so we have the Turkish flag up.
We have learnt that Florence was having to look after soldiers in disgusting conditions.
- Soldiers were having to sleep on the floor.
- There was no clean water to drink or bathe in.
- Food was often mouldy or stale.
- There were lots of rats and they were covered in disease and ran around the hospital, passing their bacteria and disease around.
- Many soldiers died from infection rather than their actual wounds.
We have also looked at a timeline of Florence Nightingale’s life to learn facts like when she was born, how old she was when she died.
We love dressing up and using our imagination to try and imagine what it must of been like for Florence, her nurses and the soldiers.
What you could do at home:
- Find out who Florence Nightingale is.
- Find out why is she important to nursing.
- Visit the library to find books about Florence.
- Use the internet to research more about the life of Florence Nightingale.