Year 2

Planning the first entry of Florence Nightingale's diary

I can make a plan for writing a diary entry as Florence Nightingale.

Year 2

Planning the first entry of Florence Nightingale's diary

I can make a plan for writing a diary entry as Florence Nightingale.

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Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. Perspective is the way someone thinks, feels or sees something.
  2. Florence Nightingale went to the Crimean War to help the wounded soldiers. She was shocked by what she saw.
  3. Notes are used when making a plan and they are short and only capture key vocabulary and important information.
  4. Notes are not written in full sentences and do not require capital letters, full stops or commas.

Common misconception

Pupils may want to include details in their plan from other times in Florence's life.

Ensure the children are clear that this entry is about just one day, the day she arrived at the hospital in Crimea. Use the three sections in the planning form to reiterate the key moments - arriving, seeing soldiers on the floor, the hospital food.


  • Perspective - the way someone thinks, feels or sees something

  • Plan - a framework that writers create before they write a section or whole text

  • Notes - written out of full sentences

The unit 'Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole: non-chronological report' would be a good unit to teach before this one as pupils will develop a strong knowledge of Florence's life. Otherwise, it can be used to supplement or as reference.
Teacher tip

Content guidance

  • Contains conflict or violence.


Adult supervision suggested.


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6 Questions

True or false? If something happens in the past, it has already happened.
Correct Answer: true, True
When writing about the past, a writer should mostly write in which tense?
Correct answer: past tense
future tense
present tense
True or false? When we talk about something that has happened to us in the past, we are recounting.
Correct Answer: true, True
A diary is written in ...
the second person.
Correct answer: the first person.
the third person.
True or false? A recount is written in non-chronological order.
Correct Answer: false, False
Why might a person write a diary?
to show all their family and friends
Correct answer: to keep a record of a day or week
to practice their handwriting
Correct answer: to express their thoughts and feelings

6 Questions

What is the name for the way someone thinks, feels or sees something.
Correct answer: perspective
When we share our perspective, we are saying what we think about something, or giving our ...
Correct answer: personal opinion
A person may choose to share their perspective in a ...
fiction story
Correct answer: diary
non-chronological report
What is it called each time a person writes in their diary?
a story
Correct answer: an entry
a report
True or false? The purpose of notes is to help the writer to organise information easily for future use.
Correct Answer: true, True
A writer can take notes and turn them into ...
bullet points
Correct answer: full sentences