Bringing History to Life.....or death?
Today the Elephant class and the Polar Bear Class joined forces in bringing history to life.......Although there did seem to be a lot of death. Particularly if they were given a character from 1853!
What on earth are we talking about?
Well, the children were all given a character to try and portray. The setting was a certain hospital in Scutari, Turkey. This was the hospital where Florence Nightingale took 38 nurses to in 1855.
Half of the children were not very lucky though as they were in the side of the hall that represented the Hospital in 1853. In those days the conditions were terrible and most of the soldiers died, not from their battle wounds but from the disease and dirty conditions.
The other side of the hall had a much better survival rate due to all of the measures that Florence Nightingale put in place.
The children had a fantastic time and entered into the role play brilliantly. Afterwards they were bursting with information. Tomorrow they will try and write an account of what happened to them and stay in role as they are writing. We are expecting lots of gory details.
Take a look at some of the photos. Notice that in 1853 there were lots of people that didn't survive whereas in 1855 there were only two people who lost their lives.