History KS1 / KS2: Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale tells the story of her life and work, and shows how she grew up to become a nurse during the Crimean War.

The story is told in the first person, and brought to life with a mix of drama, movement, music and animation.

We see Florence as a child and follow her determination to become a nurse.

She trains other nurses to go to the Crimean war.

They make the hospital clean, and care for wounded soldiers.

Florence describes how she worked at night with her lamp.

Florence tells us how this changed nursing forever.

This clip is from the series True Stories.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could discuss whether or not Florence was a typical girl.

Why was it such a shock that she wanted to be a nurse?

Which event gave her the opportunity to be a nurse? And how were her beliefs different to other nurses at the time?

How successful was she in the hospital at Scutari? Pupils might like to research what they think was the long-term impact of Florence's work.

Does she deserve to be famous?

What lessons can we learn from the life of Florence Nightingale?

Curriculum Notes

This clip would be relevant for teaching history at Key Stage 1 and 2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and First and Second Level in Scotland.

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