Florence Nightingale – KQ3a – Fighting Fit. What did Florence do to improve the lives of the soldiers when she arrived in the Crimea?

In this lesson children compare the appalling conditions in the hospitals on Florence’s arrival at Scutari. With the help of animated rats! They list the most significant problems and then compare with a hospital which had been transformed by Florence. They annotate a famous painting and then write a letter from Florence explaining the sort of changes she introduced, using a model of one Y2 pupil’s previous work.

Learning objectives

  • Children understand the main problems with the treatment of soldiers prior to Florence’s arrival
  • They can then identify the changes Florence made by comparing two paintings
  • They understand that the changes were made very quickly and brought about important improvements in survival
  • They can demonstrate their understanding by composing a letter, written by Florence

Step 1

Start by explaining that Florence had a tough job to do when she arrived. The rooms where the injured soldiers were put was nothing like hospitals today as shown on slide 1. Project the image on slide 2. Ask the children to work in pairs to see if they can find 3 things that Florence would want to make better.

Step 2

Now click on the PowerPoint slide 2 to add a few more

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