KS1 History

Pupils should develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They should know where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They should use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They should ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They should understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.


Exploring our online history collection for material relating to nursing and Florence Nightingale, including photographs, badges, letters and documents, will help illustrate:

  • changes within living memory
  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally
  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievement such as Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell
  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality

Download activities – ‘Florence Nightingale 200 & nursing’

Further ideas and tips

Read ‘How to light an operating theatre’.  Consider what it would be like before electric lighting, what would it be like at night in hospital. Write a poem about nursing by lamplight.

Read about Florence’s cousin and their family tree.  Did you know that Edith Bonham Carter, Nurse Superintendent and cousin to Florence, is also distant cousin to actress Helena Bonham Carter who played Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter films? Look at Florence and Edith’s family tree – why not design one for your family? Ask the oldest person in your family to help with names and dates …

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