History KS1 / KS2: N is for Nurses

Commentary and newsreel describe the role of nurses during World War One, including the work of volunteer nurses.

A dramatic monologue introduces Edith Cavell, a British nurse remembered for her work in Brussels with injured soldiers of all nationalities.

Edith actively helped allied soldiers escape German-occupied Brussels.

This led to her arrest, trial and execution by the Germans in 1915.

She is widely regarded today as an icon of courage and compassion.

This clip is from the series WW1 A to Z.

Teacher Notes

Key Stage 1

Pupils could mime some of the routine jobs a nurse might have done during World War One.

These could include bed-making, rolling bandages, washing wounds, emptying bedpans, helping the wounded to eat, taking temperatures and tying slings.

Key Stage 2

Pupils could discover more about the life of Edith Cavell from books and websites.

Based on their research, he children could improvise scenes that show how Edith came to be in the prison cell we see in her onscreen monologue.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching History at primary school ages for Key Stages 1 and 2, or First and Second Level.

More from the series WW1 A to Z

M is for Medicine
O is for Owen (Wilfred)
P is for Post Office