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Our Spring Creative topic this year circulates around two significant nurses that have shaped modern nursing: Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. 


A picture of Florence Nightingale, carrying a lamp in a dark room. She is a signficant role model because she helped many soldiers during the Crimean War, paving the way for women to become nurses. She is considered the founder of modern nursing!A sepia photograph of Mary Seacole sitting on a chair with a pestle and mortar. She is a significant role model for nurses, especially women of colour. Her beloved mother trained her in medicine and, when Mary was rejected to work alongside Florence for the Crimean War, she opened her own hotel where she cared for wounded soldiers near the battlefield.


During our lessons, we will research both Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, comparing their lives and legacy. We are going to be creating our own timelines, highlighting important events for both women and how their determination and heroinism have shaped nursing today. Here are a few questions from the children about what they want to find out about nursing in the past:


"Where were the hospital beds?"

"Why did Florence become a nurse?"

"Did nurses wear uniforms?"

"Did Mary and Florence work together?"

"Where is Mary from?"

Examples of wonderful work!

Coming Soon

The life and work of Florence Nightingale (dramatisation) | History - True Stories

Suitable for teaching 5-11s. Florence Nightingale tells the story of her life, and shows how she grew up to become a nurse in the Crimean War. Subscribe for more History clips from BBC Teach on Thursday when we have them in: If you found this video helpful, give it a like.

BBC Watch Magic Grandad - Florence Nightingale

Magic Grandad episode, where the children travel back in time to the 19th century to visit Florence Nightingale.

Kids Black History | Hoorah for Mary Seacole by Trish Cooke and Anni Axworthy

7 year old Nathan reads Hoorah for Mary Seacole by Trish Cooke and Anni Axworthy , highligting an important story in Black History. The book has been designed to suit the Black Curriculum particularly for the current British (UK) Curriculum. FROM THE BLURB: Hopscotch Histories | Hoorah for Mary Seacole Mary is a brave nurse.