History KS2: Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale tells the story of her life and work, and shows how she grew up to become a nurse during the Crimean War.

The story is told in the first person, and brought to life with a mix of drama, movement, music and animation.

We see Florence as a child and follow her determination to become a nurse.

She trains other nurses to go to the Crimean war.

They make the hospital clean, and care for wounded soldiers.

Florence describes how she worked at night with her lamp.

Florence tells us how this changed nursing forever.

This clip is from the series True Stories.

Please note: This film includes a dramatised scene of conditions in hospital prior to Florence Nightingale's arrival, which may be upsetting for younger pupils. Teacher review is recommended before use in class.

Teacher Notes

You and your pupils could discuss why it was such a shock that Florence Nightingale wanted to be a nurse.

Which event gave her the opportunity to be a nurse? And how were her beliefs different to other nurses at the time?

How successful was she in the hospital at Scutari? Pupils might like to research what they think was the long-term impact of Florence's work.

Does she deserve to be famous?

What lessons can we learn from the life of Florence Nightingale?

Curriculum Notes

This short film might be useful for teaching history at KS2 or older in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and at Second Level or older in Scotland.

More from True Stories:

Harriet Tubman
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Mary Anning
Edward Jenner
Elizabeth Fry
Grace Darling
Rosa Parks
Thomas Barnardo
Alexander Graham Bell