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Lesson 10

Over this half term, we have looked at three significant nurses and for today’s lesson you are going to reflect on these by thinking about what makes each nurse different.

You may want to refresh and remind yourself of the nurses by either looking over at your work this half term or using the BBC Bitesize website links:


Florence Nightingale:


Mary Seacole:


Edith Cavell:


For your activity, you are going to compare these nurses by looking at some of the similarities and differences between their lives. An example has been completed for you on your worksheet. If you are unsure, use the yellow thought bubble in the top corner for ideas or refer back to your learning to compare. Then, at the bottom of your sheet, write about who you think is the most significant or your favourite nurse we have learnt about and why.



Use the PowerPoint slides attached to refresh and update your knowledge about the famous nurse Edith Cavell.


Today you are going to pretend to be Edith! You may wish to do some role play and drama using the card situations attached to get yourself into character.


You are going to write a diary entry about a typical day caring for the soldiers. Use the questions on your template to support you for ideas about what you may wish to include. However, do not feel you have to answer all the questions – they are simply a guide for if you are stuck for ideas.

Remember to include capital letters, full stops and to start and finish your letter how we have learnt previously (To/Dear then Love/From).



We are now moving forward in history to World War One (1914-1918) to look at the significant nurse Edith Cavell.

To get started, watch the video about her life and explore the BBC Bitesize page to learn about who she was:


Today you are going to explore and consider whether Edith was a hero or traitor for her work with soldiers on both sides of the war. Read through your worksheet and consider your viewpoint (you may wish to discuss and debate this with somebody at home). Then, write your reasoning down on the sheet for whether you think she was a hero or traitor! Remember, there is no right or wrong answer here - as long as you can explain your thinking.

Lesson 7 To begin today’s lesson, watch the 3rd video about the last stage of Mary Seacole’s life (of course you may watch them all if you wish): Mary Seacole and her work can sometimes be overshadowed by Florence Nightingale. Often, people forget who she was and how she is different to Florence. Therefore today, I would like you to create a poster to teach other people about who Mary was. You can include information from the videos, the reading yesterday or your own knowledge. Your poster needs to tell people: Who Mary Seacole was What she did to help people Why she is a significant person Be creative! You can draw pictures, make it colourful and unique. It is your poster! There is a template attached, but feel free to use your own.



We are now going to move on to look at another significant nurse – Mary Seacole. Mary was also from the 1800s but she was born in Jamaica.

To get started, follow the link to watch the video which summarises who Mary was:


Today, you have a reading comprehension to complete to learn about Mary Seacole and her significant life. Read the information page which is broken down into facts and answer the questions attached.




Remind yourself about who Florence Nightingale was by following this link to watch the video and explore the BBC Bitesize page about her life: HTTPS://WWW.BBC.CO.UK/BITESIZE/TOPICS/ZNS9NRD/ARTICLES/ZNSCT39


Today you are going to pretend to be a wounded soldier from the Crimean War. You may wish to do some role play or drama with those at home to get into character!

For your activity, you need to write a letter home from the hospital to your family. You are going to explain all the wonderful things the nurse Florence Nightingale has done to help you and how she has saved your life.

Remember to begin your letter with ‘To’ or ‘Dear’ and finish it with ‘Love’ or ‘From’. Write in full sentences with capital letters and full stops.



You have had an introduction to the nurse Florence Nightingale during your English lesson on Monday. For this week’s topic lessons, we are going to be focusing on Florence and looking at what she did to improve the hospitals she worked within as a nurse.


To get started, follow the link to watch the video about Florence’s significant life. Focus on listening out for the changes Florence made within hospitals.

For today’s activity, on the worksheet you need to match the problems Florence faced in hospitals to the solutions she found to improve the conditions. There has been one completed as an example for you. 

Thinking back to our key word ‘significance’, today you are going to think about what makes somebody important. Firstly, read the first page of the worksheet to explore what makes somebody a significant person to history, this country or the world with some examples. Then, you need to think about somebody well-known or famous who is significant to history, this country or the world. For example, you may choose a famous person you like or somebody in history you know about. Use the examples on the first page of the worksheet for ideas if you are unsure. Similar to yesterday’s task, you need to draw a picture of them and explain why they are significant. What makes them rememberable to other people and yourself?

We are going to be learning about ‘significant’ people in our history topic lessons over this half term. This week, we will be exploring what the term ‘significance’ means by looking at some important people. Today, you need to think about somebody important, outstanding or remarkable to you personally. For example, somebody in your family or a friend of yours. Firstly, draw a picture of them in the framed box. Then, I would like you to explain who they are and why they are significant to you personally. Why is that person important to your life?