Famous for more than Five Minutes

Block F - Medical

Study people who have made significant contributions both nationally and internationally. Be inspired by their achievements and try some projects in the same areas of expertise such as art, music, leadership, science, mathematics and invention. Be inspired by these role models, to dream of what you might achieve in the future. Choose famous people from the following broad historical eras: Tudor and Renaissance times (T), Victorian and early Modern times (V), Early Twentieth Century (E) and Late Twentieth /Early Twentieth Century (L). Each block will allow you to explore one or two changes in aspects of everyday life.

Begin with a portrait of Mary Seacole and decipher clues about this historical figure, then travel back in time to become the characters in Jennifer Worth´s books. Examine the role of nurses today and find out what qualities are needed to become a nurse. Discover how to avoid being ill through healthy eating and exercise and have the opportunity to create a healthy food plate! Learn real nursing skills and test those skills on patient teddy!

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Mary Seacole

In this introductory session children will learn about the life of Mary Seacole. They will examine her portrait and use observation skills and questioning to find clues about her life. They will use the BBC Primary History website to learn about significant events.

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02: Call the midwife!

One mystery person and 20 questions. Children will work together to find out the mystery person´s identity. They will learn about the life of Jennifer Worth, the highs and lows of being a midwife in the 1950s. They will think about how nurses would have helped their patients based on medical developments of their time.

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03: Nurses today - what does it take?

Children will think about nurses today. They will have a visit from the school nurse and examine medical equipment. They will listen to Lara´s story and discover qualities you need to be a nurse.

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04: Super foods

Poor teddy has a cold! Teddy talks about how he is feeling. Children will discuss other common illnesses and share experiences of being ill. They will learn that the best thing to do to avoid being ill is eating healthy foods. They will build a food tower and learn about Super foods.

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05: First aid role play

Children will find out what to do when they are hurt or suddenly ill. They will learn simple things everyone can do to help. Children will use the Red Cross Website to watch video clips and carry out activities. Children will re-enact simple scenarios and decide the best emergency action to take.

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06: Nurse Training School

Children will have the opportunity to become nurses and practise on patient teddy. They will learn simple first aid and nursing skills. Complete their training and gain a nurse’s certificate.