This is the dramatic story of Edith Cavell, a British nurse remembered for her work in Brussels with injured soldiers of all nationalities. Born in 1865, the daughter of a vicar, she eventually decided to train as a nurse after caring for her sick father. During her time in Belgium, she pioneered training for nurses.When World War One broke out, she returned there because she felt her help was needed more than ever. Edith saved the lives of soldiers from all sides without distinction but also actively helped some 200 allied soldiers escape German-occupied Brussels, for which she was arrested. She was tried, found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. She was executed by the Germans in 1915. She is widely regarded today as an icon of courage and compassion. She famously said the day before her execution: ʺPatriotism is not enough, I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.ʺ Her bravery was further celebrated when a mountain in Canada was named after her.
The animation can provide the stimulus to discuss the lives of significant individuals connected to the past who have contributed to national and international achievements in nursing. Children could be provided with an opportunity to devise their own questions to ask Edith Cavell - this can help develop children's oracy skills. Teachers can try to answer their questions in the voice of Edith Cavell, or children can ask each other questions in pairs, with one pupil role playing as Edith Cavell.