Florence Nightingale

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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