We were so lucky to have the 'real life Florence' come to visit us at Athersley South. Our history topic this half term has been Florence Nightingale, we have enjoyed learning about this incredible lady and the the positive impact she had on nursing that can still be seen in todays hospitals. Florence taught us the importance of kindness and compassion and saved so many lives by improving the hygiene and cleanliness in the hospitals in her time. She really was an incredible lady and we loved learning about her life from Florence herself! We cared for injured soldiers after being taught by Florence the importance of talking to and listening to the soldiers. We acted out things that happened in Florence's life like the crowning of Queen Victoria and the start of the Victorian era, the invention of the steam train and the light bulb. We even took a trip with Florence back to Scatari hospital to help to clean it up! We couldn't believe the awful smells and conditions, we even had to jump over and avoid rats! We are now Florence Nightigale experts and huge fans!
We were really inspired by Florence Nightingale's visit. We created lamps just like the one she used to watch over the injured soldiers at night. We decorated them with things that reminded us of Florence and the changes she made and the lives she saved. We used our sketching skills to create intricate portraits of Florence Nightingale, we enjoyed using charcoal to make them look aged. We also wrote thankyou letters to Florence, we had the most amazing time with her and couldn't wait to share our favourite facts we learnt from her. We'll never forget our special day with Florence, the day that history came to life.