ABOUT: Exploring the nuclear weapons debate in the style of The X Factor! In small groups, students take on the role of different countries/organisations, either for or against nuclear weapons. They create a performance or presentation to convey the arguments. A panel of student judges decides which group is the most original and persuasive, and then the class votes for or against nuclear weapons based on the evidence heard. This student-led activity develops a range of different skills, and makes this controversial debate engaging, accessible and fun. Watch a video of The Bomb Factor in action at Hessle High School: www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/The-Bomb-Factor-Nuclear-Weapons-6084482/ The lesson - and the teaching pack it comes from - is highly relevant to the curriculum and exam syllabuses of English, Citizenship, History, RE, and several other subjects. It is also an excellent way to help meet SMSC, British Values, and Prevent requirements. You can download the other activities from the Bomb Factor pack, or the pack as a whole, below. PRAISE: ‘The idea of making presentations is usually met with resistance by pupils in the classroom. But Bomb Factor lets their creative juices flow as they get to grips with a powerful issue. The lesson can captivate a restless class and it’s great for pupils who like to learn on their feet. There’s no time for fidgeting or boredom here.’ - TES ‘‘The Bomb Factor’ is a useful resource for citizenship teachers. It provides a range of arguments surrounding the controversial issues of the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the use of nuclear power. It promotes critical investigation, debate and discussion and develops pupil’s skills for dealing with differing opinions in the classroom.’ - Association for Citizenship Teaching’s Quality Mark assessment panel (the pack was awarded the Quality Mark!) ‘Fun, interesting and engaging. The best kind of session.’ – two Year 10 students, The Hamble School, Southampton ‘There was a buzz about the ‘Bomb Factor’… The staff and students were impressed by the informative but balanced views’ - RE teacher, Sturminster Newton High School, Dorset
Activity C from the popular and acclaimed teaching pack The Bomb Factor. The lesson gets students to explore the effects of the Chernobyl Disaster, as an example of a nuclear explosion. It is relevant to Physics, Geography, Citizenship, and English, as well as helping to meet SMSC, Prevent and British Values requirements. (NB: The map is best printed in A3 size if possible) To view and download the other activities from the Bomb Factor pack, and the pack as a whole (including endorsements), go to www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-bomb-factor-6099436
** Update: Get your free hard copies of the pack here ** ABOUT: Students explore how pressure groups operate, and create their own in the classroom! The Under Pressure teaching pack is made up of three lessons: 1) Power and influence (A range of activities, including reflecting on influence, and learning the basics about pressure groups) 2) How pressure groups operate (Uses the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament - CND - as a case study before the class runs its own pressure groups against the clock on an issue of their choosing) 3) Create your own campaign (Students create their own pressure groups - taking into consideration targets, budgets, tactics, and messaging - and then present their ideas to the rest of the class.) The lessons are highly relevant to the curriculum and exam syllabuses of Citizenship, Sociology, Government & Politics, and English, and are an excellent way to help meet SMSC, British Values and Prevent requirements. PRAISE: ‘Without doubt… a highly valuable one for GCSE Sociology students in particular because it directly links to the Power and Politics module. The students really enjoy working in large groups and being assigned particular roles. The session is broken up into manageable parts and there is a clear focus throughout’ - Sociology Teacher, Hazelwick School, West Sussex ‘'Under Pressure' is a useful resource for citizenship teachers. It provides a range of activities that promote understanding of the role of pressure group in democratic societies. The activities are designed to help pupils develop an interest in taking responsible citizenship action themselves.’ - Association for Citizenship Teaching's Quality Mark assessment panel (the pack was awarded the Quality Mark!) ‘It was great. I think other people should have this experience.’ – Year 10 student, Hall Mead School, London
Activity B from the popular and acclaimed teaching pack The Bomb Factor. This lesson gives students the tools to have a debate about conflict, comparing possible violence in school with violence internationally, as a way of engaging with debates around (nuclear and other) deterrence. The lesson is relevant to Citizenship, Government & Politics, English, History, and RE, as well as helping to meet SMSC, Prevent and British Values requirements. To view and download the other activities from the Bomb Factor pack, and the pack as a whole (including endorsements), go to www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-bomb-factor-6099436
Activity A from the popular and acclaimed teaching pack The Bomb Factor. An active-learning session that gets students explore the effects of a nuclear explosion. Perfect for Physics (atoms and radiation). Also a great way to introduce the topic in History (for example as part of the Second World War, Cold War, or US history), or before debating nuclear weapons in English, Citizenship, RE or Government & Politics. To view and download the other activities from the Bomb Factor pack, and the pack as a whole (including endorsements), go to www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-bomb-factor-6099436
ABOUT ** Update: this new edition of the pack was published in the Teach Secondary Resource Guide 2019 with an outstanding review (see http://tiny.cc/7w0iyy)** Sadako’s Cranes for Peace is a teaching pack that enables primary and secondary students to learn the inspiring story of Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl with terminal leukaemia caused by radiation from the Hiroshima atomic bomb, who became world-famous for folding 1600 origami cranes. The issues are explored through several cross-curricular lesson activities, including storytelling, creative writing, discussions (including the meaning of peace), and of course origami! The pack comprises various lesson possibilities, with relevance to English (literacy & spoken language), History, RE, Citizenship, Art & Design (origami), Maths (symmetry), SMSC and Prevent. PRAISE 'A remarkable lesson pack… touching and poignant resources to engage students in thinking about world peace… make(ing) the experience of war feel personal, highly relevant and unforgettable… Beautiful and full of grace, an ideal resource for Philosophy for Children… effortlessly links peace and global education with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM)’ - John Dabell, Teach Secondary Resources Guide 2019 (see http://tiny.cc/7w0iyy). Other endorsements include: ‘Today I taught a lesson to 16 year 7 EAL students who speak very little English all about Sadako Sasaki and Hiroshima. The lesson culminated in the entire class making paper cranes and generally loving life’ - Secondary school teacher ‘It was engaging… fun and educational, very enjoyable’ - Year 8 student, Sturminster Newton High School ‘It’s a lot of fun’ - Year 5 student, Seymour Road Primary Academy (Manchester) The pack has also received a five-star rating from the TES Resources team
Activity E from the popular and acclaimed teaching pack The Bomb Factor. Students explore a range of different peace symbols, discuss what peace means to them, and then design their own peace symbol. The lesson is relevant to Art & Design, Citizenship, Government & Politics, and History, as well as helping to meet SMSC, Prevent and British Values requirements. To view and download the other activities from the Bomb Factor pack, and the pack as a whole (including endorsements), go to www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-bomb-factor-6099436.
ABOUT: ** We are very proud to announce that Truman On Trial has been awarded the Quality Mark of the Association for Citizenship Teaching, recognising it as an outstanding Citizenship education resource! . Click here for exciting new materials and guidance to maximise the Citizenship impact of the lessons, and to support KS3-5 English, and KS5 Law and Government & Politics. ** Investigate the atomic-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. This teaching pack is made up of three parts: 1. Hiroshima and Nagasaki carousel activity (engaging with - and reflecting on - a wide range of primary and secondary historical sources) 2. Truman on Trial (A mock trial in the classroom to decide whether or not the bombings were justified, in which students take on the roles of barristers, witnesses and jurors. There are also lower- and higher-ability versions of this lesson.) 3. Subject-specific follow-up lesson: History (source analysis) RE (Just War theory) English (haiku and senryu-writing) Citizenship (exploring media reporting). Click here for new resources and guidance to maximise the lessons' Citizenship impact. The lessons are also highly relevant to the curriculum and exam syllabuses of various other subjects, as well as being an excellent way to help meet SMSC and Prevent requirements. Each lesson plan includes differentiation, extension and enrichment suggestions. PRAISE: 'The resources bring a period of history alive that many would prefer to forget, but it does so with great insight and sensitivity, using a plethora of primary and secondary resources ... This is an immersive, active learning experience that is thrilling and sobering, intense and exciting ... Lessons and PowerPoints have been helpfully created to suit different abilities. They are all deliberately ambitious and encourage students to argue and counter-argue, debate and present like professionals, and consider Just War theory and criteria'. - John Dabell, Teach Secondary magazine ‘It was very easy to differentiate the lesson and really made my students question the decision…. Boys who usually struggle to form an opinion were thoroughly engaged from the start of the enquiry and by the end were happy to debate with one another with solid evidence behind their opinions. So, a massive thank you from me and my students!’ - Secondary school teacher ‘really informative and interesting.’ – Year 10 student, King Ethelbert School, Kent
ABOUT Dial M For Missile is a teaching pack that enables students to engage critically and creatively with themes around the Cuban Missile Crisis, giving them an understanding of the experience of citizens and world leaders during this pivotal moment in human history, and reflecting on similarities and differences in the world today. The pack comprises seven cross-curricular lesson plans, each with extension activities and differentiation suggestions: 1) Cuban Missile Crisis timeline 2) Propaganda (analysing historic and contemporary propaganda) 3) Codemakers and breakers (learning about encoding and decoding, creating their own, and considering the pros and cons of secrecy and surveillance today) 4) Civil Defence (comparing and contrasting civil defence ideas - and responses to them - during the Cold War and today) 5) Nuclear Bunker (learning about nuclear bunkers, and deciding which items they would prioritise) 6) War Game (putting themselves in the shoes of world leaders during the Cuban Missile Crisis, in a strategic decision-making game) 7) The Peace Movement (learning about the peace movement since the Cold War, including its successes and failures) The lessons are highly relevant to the curriculum and exam syllabuses of History, Citizenship, Politics, English, and several other subjects, and are an excellent way to help meet SMSC, British Values and Prevent requirements. PRAISE 'Dial M for Missile is a sensitive, factual and engaging resource... Students enjoyed the process of learning very difficult concepts in meaningful ways. Lesson provided time for reflection and discussion as well as a clear structure to guide less experienced trainers. I was impressed by the quality of resources and the very practical nature of delivery. The series of lessons proved useful during GCSE History and Citizenship lessons and have application to a wider range of topics. The booklet has direct and clear links to British values and SMSC, an excellent and useful tool for the classroom.' - Sera Shortland, Citizenship Coordinator, Hamilton College, Leicester. 'Seven unique lesson plans that really engage students in the political psychology and moral decision making of the Cold War era. This isn't just a pack for history classrooms... [but] every classroom... Accessible for all learners… This is a resource with a high I.Q., offering detail, challenge and real engagement, and in which students aren't taught what, but how, to think.' - John Dabell, Teach Secondary magazine (read the full review at https://twitter.com/CNDPeaceEd/status/834094358953590788) 'Super educational’ – Year 11 student, Southfields Academy, London
Lesson 6 from the acclaimed teaching pack ‘Dial M For Missile: Exploring Themes Around the Cuban Missile Crisis’. Fire your nuclear missiles? Relocate them? Disarm them? Do nothing? A strategic decision-making activity in which students role-play leaders of key countries during the Cuban Missile Crisis, determining what they would have done in response to the rapidly changing situation. Plenary: discussion of the most effective resolutions to a crisis like this. The lesson plan includes differentiation, extension and enrichment suggestions. The lesson is highly relevant to History, Citizenship, Government & Politics, English, and Drama, as well as helping to meet SMSC, Prevent and British Values requirements. To browse and download the other lessons from the Dial M For Missile Pack pack, plus the pack as a whole (including endorsements), go to www.tes.com/teaching-resource/dial-m-for-missile-exploring-themes-around-the-cuban-missile-crisis-11208437
Free video featuring PowerPoint and narration about nuclear weapons. Our ‘assembly’ covers the history of nukes and the global situation today, with topical information on nuclear news from 2020! 40-mins long, with questions built-in and links to follow-up, it’s a great intro to nuclear weapons and particularly suitable for R.E., Physics, History, Politics, Citizenship and PSHE/Life Skills. Available to stream via our Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/fgLVj7LOnGA
Activity D from the popular and acclaimed teaching pack The Bomb Factor. Was Mordechai Vanunu, the whistleblower on Israel's nuclear weapons programme, a hero or a traitor? This lesson gets students to answer this question for themselves, exploring the use of persuasive language and media bias on both sides, and distinguishing fact and opinion. It is relevant to Citizenship, Government & Politics, English, and RE, as well as helping to meet SMSC, Prevent and British Values requirements. To view and download the other activities from the Bomb Factor pack, and the pack as a whole (including endorsements), go to www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-bomb-factor-6099436
Lesson 3 (Citizenship pathway) from the acclaimed teaching pack ‘Truman On Trial: Investigating the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki’. In small groups, students produce a radio or televised news report about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They are allocated a news broadcaster, which could be Japanese, American, British or Soviet/Russian, and could be set in 1945 or in the present day. They consider bias, and can choose to make their report heavily-partial. The lesson plan includes extension and enrichment suggestions. To browse and download the other lessons from the Truman On Trial pack - or the pack as a whole - and to read praise for the pack, go to https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/truman-on-trial-investigating-the-bombing-of-hiroshima-and-nagasaki-6375340
Lesson plan, PowerPoint and supporting materials for teaching Lesson 4 of the CND Peace Education teaching pack Critical Mass: Lessons on gender, race and nuclear weapons. In this lesson students explore the Ranger Uranium mine in the Northern Territory, Australia as a resource extraction case study. In particular they look at the town of Jabiru and the challenges to its future, as its economy is reliant on extracting finite resources underneath it! A mock town trail is held with five different stakeholder, and the role of traditional owners/indigenous Australians is emphasised. Stakeholder briefings, extra information for teaching this lesson, and an accompanying PowerPoint are all provided.
Lesson guidance and suggested stimuli for facilitating a Philosophy for Children session around the theme of gender, race and nuclear weapons; from lesson 5 of the CND Peace Education teaching pack Critical Mass This pdf offers four different stimuli on the following themes: nuclear legacies, justice and indigenous Australians (video link) mutually assured destruction (MAD) (video link) Trident and gender (still images) Women for Peace (image and audio link) Further information is provided including starter activities, facilitation tips, sub-questions and suggested conclusions.
Lesson plan and PowerPoint following the North Korea-United States nuclear talks (2017-2019). Students role play Trump & Kim Jong-Un, and reflect on gender, conflict and stereotypes. Lesson One from CND Peace Education’s brand new teaching pack, Critical Mass: Lessons on gender, race and nuclear weapons. In addition to the above, students reflect on their understandings of the concept of ‘strength’, and also work together to negotiate a peaceful treaty/agreement. All worksheets and further information is provided.
*** Free, new 5-lesson teaching pack featuring cross-curricular lesson plans for teaching gender, race and nuclear weapons issues! In this five-lesson teaching resource, students discover how gender and identity are embedded in nuclear issues, by learning from different geographical and historical examples. Aimed at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, the resource also features tips on how to differentiate for younger years, as well as higher- and lower-ability classes, and is packed with external links for extra materials and further information. Critical Mass lesson plans fulfill SMSC and Prevent requirements, and are particularly applicable to English, History, Government and Politics, Sociology, Philosophy, Citizenship, Drama, Art and Design, and Geography. This pdf file is free to browse and download, though you can download a lesson plan, PowerPoint presentation and supporting materials for each of the following lessons via our tes site for free: International disagreements, nuclear negotiations and gender — what role does gender play in how we think about strength and security? Students negotiate conflicts competitively and co-operatively. The women of Greenham Common — to what extent have people used their gender as a successful part of their anti-nuclear weapons activism? Students explore primary sources through drama and English exercises. Art and atomic bomb survivors — what is the difference between a victim and a survivor? Students create art in response to testimony of the ‘Hibakusha’ of Japan. Uranium mining in Australia — does anyone have a right to the Earth? Students hold a ‘town meeting’ with multiple stakeholders to evaluate resource extraction controversies. Philosophy for children, colleges and communities (P4C) — stimuli and facilitation tips to support relevant philosophical enquiry in the classroom. PRAISE FOR CRITICAL MASS ‘I think this is a very good collection of lessons World wide there are issues that involve us all and we need to prepare children for what might come … The lesson would easily work into a term’s work [and] I could also adapt it to work with different age groups.’ – Darren Willison, Teacher, King Edward’s School, Bath ‘Timely, appropriate, useful and accessible! The materials are very engaging and appropriate and presented in a balanced, informative way … I envisage students enjoying taking ownership of a viewpoint, being active learners and sharing ideas’ – Elena Lengthorn, Senior Lecturer and PGCE subject Lead, University of Worcester
Lesson plans, PowerPoints and secondary materials for teaching Lesson 2 of CND Peace Education teaching pack Critical Mass: Lessons on gender, race and nuclear weapons. In this lesson students learn about the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, which was a site of protest against US Cruise Missiles in the UK throughout the 1980’s and beyond. The lesson uses archival material, offering students exciting avenues of inquiry and also features two subject pathways: English: activities around building consensus and silent inquiry of materials. Drama: improvisation games, and a devising activity. Both PowerPoints are provided, and the lesson plans can be found in the pdf document.
Lesson plan, PowerPoint and supporting materials for teaching Lesson 3 of the CND Peace Education teaching pack Critical Mass: Lessons on gender, race and nuclear weapons In this lesson students listen to the testimony of Akihiro Takahashi, who survived the Hiroshima bomb. After a short discussion they then make artwork to reflect their own feelings, and compare what they have made to the art of Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors). The testimony, and samples of Hibakusha art are provided.
Lesson 1 from the acclaimed teaching pack ‘Truman On Trial: Investigating the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki’. In small groups, students move around the room, encountering a wide range of primary and secondary sources to find out what happened before, during and after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The lesson plan includes differentiation, extension and enrichment suggestions. The lesson is relevant to the curriculum and exam syllabuses of History, Citizenship, RE, and Government & Politics, as well as helping to meet SMSC and Prevent requirements. To browse and download the other lessons from the Truman On Trial pack - or the pack as a whole - and to read praise for the pack, go to https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/truman-on-trial-investigating-the-bombing-of-hiroshima-and-nagasaki-6375340
Lesson 1 from the acclaimed teaching pack ‘Dial M For Missile: Exploring Themes Around the Cuban Missile Crisis’. The lesson enables students to learn the chronology of the Cuban Missile Crisis - situating it in the context of the Cold War - by getting them to piece together the timeline in small groups. Students discuss which events were particularly significant, and could also present their timelines to the class, thus developing their critical-thinking and spoken language skills. The lesson plan includes differentiation, extension and enrichment suggestions. The lesson is relevant to the curriculum and exam syllabuses of History, Citizenship, Government & Politics, and English, as well as helping to meet SMSC, Prevent and British Values requirements. To view and download the other lessons from the Dial M For Missile Pack pack, and the pack as a whole (including endorsements), go to www.tes.com/teaching-resource/dial-m-for-missile-exploring-themes-around-the-cuban-missile-crisis-11208437