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NameMary Seacole - Black History Month
UnitReport writing
DescriptionY5 (but could be adapted) study of Mary Seacole. This is a week's work to coincide with Black History month
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Year Two

Year5Term: AutumnWeek commencing:

Black HistoryWeek

Text(s):biographical reading and writing focusing on MarySeacole



Teacher Led



Independent / Group Work (includingdifferentiation)







Class 1



Class 2









Shared reading: share thestory of Mary Seacole and suggest what each part tells thechildren, e.g. the introduction who? what? where? when? why? how?Elicit the key connecting phrases/words. Highlight any time-orderwords.


Pupils will annotate own handouts tohighlight time order features discussed as left.

In pairs pupils will use text to elicit themain points - who? what? where? when?why? how? Using a table, they will ask and answer their ownquestions using what they have learnt from thetext.

What did we put in each box? Teacher places ownacetate on OHP and pupils compare own version with modelledversion











Sharedreading: continuewith shared reading as previous day. How can we rank in importance(and justify our rankings) the impact of Marys actions?

Pupils will elicit information from thetext to reflect upon the impact of her actions. In pairs, pupilswill rank her actions in order of importance


What did pupils rank in their top three? Can theyjustify what they put down? Do others agree or disagree?










Shared writing: writing a newspaperarticle

Model how to take notes from the sources anddecide where to fit in some of the main facts. Use present tense aswe are pretending that the article is written as though we areliving at the same time as Mary

Pupils will use class model for own newspaperarticle planning. They will add own notes under headings: Why isMary famous? Where is she from and what is her background? What didshe do in the Crimean War? What has she been doing since she hasbeen back in England? What sort of person is she? What do hersoldiers think of her?

Selected pupils share their notes. Focusdiscussion on content and relevance



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Shared writing: writing a newspaperarticle

Continue to model process of writing ownnewspaper article, showing how to focus on main and relevant pointsonly

NB: longer Literacy lesson needed due to extendedwriting

Continue process started in previouslesson:

Pupils will continue to complete own tables withstructured headings as an aid to organisation.

Pupils will write own articles using theirplanning tables as an aid to organisation

Selected pupils share their notes. Focusdiscussion on content and relevance










Word level: using abstract nouns

Howwould we describe Mary Seacole now that we know all about her? Whatis an abstract noun and which ones would we use to describe hercharacter? Can we use evidence from the work we have covered overthe week?

Pupils complete table. LA groups to be givenabstract nouns and will focus on justifying opinions. Others willbe given more open ended task and will be asked to use a thesaurusas an aid.

MApupils will be asked to write a short paragraph expressing opinionsabout her while incorporating their own abstract nouns into theirpassage

What did we find out? What is an abstract noun.Pick an abstract noun you used and justify it to your talk partner.Can your talk partner tell the class why you chose this word todescribe Mary Seacole?




Outcome/Product: identify features ofbiographical writing; make notes and use for ownwriting


Additional objectives: to continue with Drama/ En1 opportunities throughLiteracy and cross curricular work; to apply knowledge of spellingpatterns through daily spelling work and to check words usingwordbanks and dictionaries where appropriate; to be aware of needfor neat, clear and joined handwriting

Forward Planning /Evaluation:




T =Teacher supportOA= Other Adult support S= SENCOsupport

Ability Groups:

The Life of MarySeacole


Mary Seacole was born in Jamaica an island in the Caribbean,in 1805. Her father was a soldier from Scotland and her mother wasa slave from Africa. When she was young however, her mother wasgiven her freedom so that she wasnt a slave anymore. Asa young girl, she often used to help her mother treatsoldiers as her mother knew how to cure people using localplants as medicines.


When she was twelve years old she travelled to England where shemet her fathers family for the first time and she stayed with themfor a year. Then she returned to Jamaica. When she was 31 years oldshe got married to Edwin Seacole. When he died, Mary begantravelling to other islands in the Caribbean. In 1851 she went toPanama. She owned a hotel there but she began treating people whohad a disease called cholera. She learned a lot about thisdisease and another disease called yellow fever which somepeople living in Jamaica suffered from.


In 1854 Mary returned to London. Here she learned that manysoldiers who were fighting in the Crimean War were being lookedafter in dirty hospitals. She went to the Crimea which is inRussia, by ship in 1855. When she got there she began to help treatthe wounded soldiers. She even used to go onto thebattlefield, where the soldiers were fighting, to help them.She was nursing soldiers at the same time as Florence Nightingalewho was also in the Crimea and was known as the Other Lady of theLamp. She helped many soldiers get better instead of dying fromtheir wounds. She came back to England a year later. As she wasquite poor many soldiers who knew her organized a big festivalwhere they collected lots of money for her.


She became really famous when she wrote her autobiography calledThe Wonderful Adventures of Mary Seacole, when she was 52 yearsold. This book was all about her life. She was so famous that sheeven treated Queen Victorias son when he became ill.


Gradually people forgot about her and she died in 1881. However ahundred years later nurses from the Caribbean and from Africa cameto England to celebrate her life. They paid to have amemorial stone put up for her so that more people would know abouther life and work.


Mary Seacole was famous as a nurse when there were few nurseshelping people who were ill. She was very skilled because she knewso much about the plants that she used to cure people. She wasextremely brave as she did not worry about being in danger during abattle.


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Mary Seacole: KeyEvents


Aim: to rank key events in order of importance andto justify choices made


Re-read the passage about Mary Seacole and jotdown the reasons why you think she became famous.







Now list these reasons in order of importanceand say why you have made these choices:


First reason






Second reason






Third reason










Mary Seacole: planning anewspaper article


Aim: to take notes from sources and to use as basisfor structured newspaper writing


Make notes in the chartbelow in order to plan your newspaper article. Use the

present tense as you repretending that you are living at the same time as Mary.



Why is Mary Seacole famous?





Where is Mary Seacole from and what is herbackground?





What did she do in the Crimean War?





What has she been doing since she has been backin England?




What sort of person is she?






What do the soldiers think of her?