Florence Nightingale is one of the most significant Britons in our history, and this exciting day helps children in Key Stage 1 develop their understanding of her life and achievements.

Children will learn all about Florence Nightingale, putting her work into historical context and exploring her successes.  As with all of our history workshops, this day is designed to encourage children to become more curious about the history of the UK and the wider world. Our sessions are design to encourage enquiry and discussion and allow children to develop chronological knowledge, as well as contextual understanding of how people lived and survived and the impact of historical periods on how we live today.

Choose from our two formats – Learn and Present or Explore:


For one class of children.  An action packed day, with a performance!

Based on the always popular Play in a Day format, a Learn and Present day is a fun and engaging day which challenges your pupils and gives them a huge sense of achievement too.  One class will spend a full day with one of our talented practitioners – they’ll take part in drama activities, play games, sing songs and have loads of fun – all while learning about Florence Nightingale.

At the end of the day the class present their learning as a performance with music, costumes and props to an invited audience of parents and the rest of the school.  The chance to share their learning helps to make the experience memorable and meaningful for pupils and, of course, it’s a lot of fun.


For 2, 3 or 4 classes of children.  Everyone takes part in an engaging drama workshop.

The Explore format is perfect for larger schools as it gives you up to 4 workshops in one school day.  Each class works on their topic in a carefully structured drama workshop that makes learning memorable and brings history to life.

Learning is less deep in the Explore sessions, as pupils spend around 60 minutes working on the topic through drama.  However this format is hugely flexible and means you can tailor the day to meet your exact needs and requirements.

You can also build an EXPLORE day with 4 different topics based on the needs of each class.


Key learning in the Florence Nightingale Play in a Day.

Children will learn:

– The historical context for Florence Nightingale’s life and work.
– How Florence differed from other girls her age.
– What hospitals were like in the Crimean War and before Florence Nightingale’s intervention.
– Why Florence Nightingale is called The Lady of the Lamp.
– The impact Florence Nightingale had on modern nursing.

“Fabulous, great drama techniques that can be transferred to other lessons. Allows children with different learning styles to demonstrate their knowledge.” Jennifer Allen, Broadgreen Primary, Liverpool