Florence Nightingale Class Play
Cast Size: 30 (easily adjustable up or down)
Duration: Around 10 minutes reading time - around 15 with music suggestions included.
This class play tells the story of a remarkable woman - whose work laid the foundations for a wonderful nursing profession - - whilst having an unashamed ‘go’ at today's so-called 'famous' - the celebs!
Based on the UK’s Key Stage One (5 – 7 year olds), Unit Four: Why do we remember Florence Nightingale? it provides a complete coverage of this unit's teaching content.
Whilst focusing on the history unit, there are many citizenship references, the last section focusing on how children themselves can 'make a difference', closing with that beautiful song by Michael Jackson, Heal the World.
• Assembly on Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell
• Assembly on Florence Nightingale & Edith Cavell
• Assembly on Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell
plus set of guided reading scripts on Amazing Women:
1. Amazing Women From Across the World: 15th – 20th century
2. Amazing Women From Across the World: 20th Century
3. Amazing Women in the American Women’s Suffrage Movement
4. Amazing Women in the American Civil Rights Movement
5. Amazing First Ladies 31-35
For comprehensive collection of Sue Russell’s scripts, visit www.plays-r-ussell.com
Child 1 - 13
Boy Band (Boy 1 – 5)
Mr and Mrs Nightingale (Florence’s parents)
Soldiers 1 – 4 (1 & 2 – Wounded; 3 & 4 – Recovered)
Nurses 1 & 2
Music 1 – What have you done today to make you feel proud? – Heather Small
(Children file in, with Music 1 in the background)
Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our assembly on
Child 1: A truly amazing woman!
Child 2: Kind
Child 3: With a heart of gold!
Child 4: Brave
Child 5: With the heart of a lion!
Child 6: Prepared to do anything for others
Child 7: Who got things done and changed the lives of millions
Child 8: Never afraid to speak her mind if it meant others would benefit
Child 9: Someone who put others before herself
Child 10: The perfect role model for us today!
Narrator: Whooah! Hold on! Who is this person?
Child 11: (Incredulously) Who is this person?
Child 12: Only the founder of modern nursing!
Child 13: The ‘lady with the lamp’!
Narrator: Ah! It’s got to be
Whole cast: (Together) Florence Nightingale!
Narrator: Would the lady step forward?
(Enter Florence Nightingale)
Florence: (Looking confused) You called? Does someone need help?
Narrator: No, dear lady. We just wanted to meet one of our country’s best loved figures!
Florence: Who? Me? Oh I only did what I knew to be right!
Narrator: So modest! Don’t you like being famous?
Florence: (Looking confused) Pardon?
Narrator: (Sighing) OK. Perhaps we need to explain what we mean by famous.
(Enter Paparazzi 1)
Paparazzi 1 Famous? Did someone say ‘famous’? Where and who? Quick! Point them out to me!
Narrator: And you are?
(Paparazzi 1 walks along cast, taking pictures of everyone)
Paparazzi 1 Why, the Paparazzi, of course! I take pictures of the famous for a living!
Cast: (Together) But we’re not famous!
Paparazzi 1 (Furiously) You’re not? Well, why didn’t someone tell me!
Narrator: You didn’t give me a chance to answer your question.
Paparazzi 1 I didn’t? Oh! Well, go on then, who is famous here today? And please be quick! I have to have these pictures ready for tomorrow’s newspaper!
Narrator: Is that all you want? Don’t you want to know a bit about the person you’re taking pictures of?
Paparazzi 1 Nah! If they’re famous, that’s good enough for me!
Narrator: But surely your readers want to know why they’re famous?
Paparazzi 1 (Falls about laughing) You’re joking, right? Is this a wind-up?
Paparazzi 1 Are you for real? What century are you living in?
Music 2 When will I, will I be famous? BROS
(Boy Band singing above song)