Who was Florence Nightingale?

Home learning focus

Learn about the life, actions and achievements of Florence Nightingale.

This lessons includes:

  • one video exploring her life and achievements

  • two activities to build knowledge and understanding


This is Florence Nightingale.

Florence Nightingale went to the Crimean War to nurse wounded soldiers.

She changed the way people nursed and helped save many lives.

Discover more about her life in the clip below.

Florence Nightingale.
Learn more about the life and actions of Florence Nightingale.

Key facts

  • Florence was born in 1820 in a well-known city in Italy - it's called Florence, and that's how she got her name.

  • During the Crimean War, she nursed soldiers during the night and became known as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’.

  • She and her nurses saved many lives.

  • When she came home to England after the Crimean War, she didn’t want people to know who she was. So she called herself ‘Miss Smith’.

  • Florence Nightingale is remembered for making changes to nursing and showing people that nursing was a very important job.


Develop your historical knowledge of Florence Nightingale with the activities below.

Activity 1

Can you put these key events of Florence's life in the correct order?

Activity 2

Learn more about Florence Nightingale's life by completing this fact sheet from Twinkl.

Fact sheet

There's more to learn

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