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.

KS1 Safety Day

This week, we have been learning all about how to keep safe. We moved around the different classrooms and learnt about safety in different ways from all of the KS1 teachers.

First we went to work with Miss Duddle and we were learning all about how to keep safe with our bodies. Exercise is very important to keep us fit and healthy. We also learnt about eating the right kinds of foods to help us to keep fit and healthy.

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Next we went to work with Miss Mason and she taught us about how to keep safe in school and around the house.

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After that, we went to work with Mrs Wells and learnt what we need to do in an emergency. We used role play to act out different scenarios.

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Finally we worked with Miss Varley to learn all about fire safety. We learnt that there are good and bad types of fire. We practised how to STOP, DROP and ROLL if we were ever in a situation where our clothes were on fire and then we worked together as a class to create some fire safety rules. These are proudly displayed in the classroom. Have a look next time you come in.

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How to continue the learning at home:

  • Speak to your child about how to stay safe around the home.
  • What are the differences between good and bad fire?