Famous for more than Five Minutes
Medical

Begin with a portrait of Mary Seacole and decipher clues about this nineteenth century nursing pioneer, then travel back in time to become the characters in Jennifer Worth's books about midwifery in 1950s London. 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 take the opportunity to create a healthy food plate! Learn real nursing skills and test those skills on patient teddy.

Session 1 Mary Seacole

Objectives

English

  • Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions.

History

  • Learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To use a portrait of Mary Seacole to answer/ask questions and extend their knowledge and understanding of her life.
To learn about the life of Mary Seacole, Order or contribute to a timeline about her life.

Children will:

  • Learn about the life of Mary Seacole.
  • Order or contribute to a timeline about her life.
  • Use the portrait of Mary Seacole to answer and ask questions and extend their knowledge and understanding of her life.

Provided Resources

  • Extract from Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands
  • Images for ordering
  • Differentiated timeline resource sheets

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 2 Call the midwife!

Objectives

English

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.

History

  • Learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To use role-play and drama to develop knowledge about Jennifer Worth.
To learn about important medical developments; create a timeline to examine medical developments and nursing from 1850 – the present day.

Children will:

  • Use role-play and drama to develop knowledge about Jennifer Worth.
  • Learn about important medical developments.
  • Create a timeline to examine medical developments and nursing from 1850 – the present day.

Provided Resources

  • Jennifer Worth timeline resource
  • Jennifer Worth image resource
  • List of non-fiction books
  • Websites and video clips
  • Role-play cards
  • Medical developments sorting activity
  • Medical care development resources

You Will Need

  • Strip of paper 3 metres long

Session 3 Nurses today - what does it take?

Objectives

History

  • Learn about changes in living memory.

English

  • Give well-structured descriptions, explanations and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To compare the role of nurses in different periods. Understand historical concepts such as change.
To describe qualities needed to be a nurse.

Children will:

  • Compare the role of nurses in different periods.
  • Understand historical concepts such as change.
  • Describe qualities needed to be a nurse.

You Will Need

  • Large sheet of white paper
  • Visit from school nurse or
  • People Who Help Us: Nurse book

Session 4 Super foods

Objectives

Science

  • Use observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
  • Describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To use experiences and simple information sources to answer questions.
To understand that taking exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet helps humans to keep healthy.

Children will:

  • Use experiences and simple information sources to answer questions.
  • Understand that taking exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet helps humans to keep healthy.

You Will Need

  • Healthy eating cookbooks
  • Recipes pages from magazines
  • Large sheets of coloured paper and pens

Session 5 First aid role play

Objectives

Drama

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.

Science

  • Use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To work in a small group to dramatise an emergency situation and its resolution; Comment constructively on drama they have watched or taken part in.
To observe and then practise simple first aid skills.

Children will:

  • Work in a small group to dramatise an emergency situation and its resolution.
  • Comment constructively on drama they have watched or taken part in.
  • Observe then practise simple first aid skills.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 6 Nurse Training School

Objectives

Science

  • Perform simple tests, record data.

English and Drama

  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To perform simple health checks, record information on a health card.
To talk about the day-to-day life of a nurse.

Children will:

  • Perform simple health checks.
  • Record information on a health card.
  • Talk about the of day-to-day life of a nurse.

Provided Resources

  • Nurse's training certificate
  • How to listen to your heart beat
  • Patient health card
  • What is a nurse?

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.