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The Bomb Factor

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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
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The Chernobyl Disaster

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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
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Under Pressure: How Pressure Groups Operate

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** 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
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Concepts about Conflict: From knife carrying to nuclear deterrence theory

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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
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Timeline of a Nuclear Explosion

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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
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Sadako's Origami Cranes for Peace

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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
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Peace Symbols - Design Your Own

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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.
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Truman On Trial: Investigating the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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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
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War Game: a Cuban Missile Crisis decision-making role-play

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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
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Dial M for Missile: Exploring themes around the Cuban Missile Crisis

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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
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Place Knowledge: the global ban on nukes

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FREE Use our interactive map to find out more about the 50 countries making nuclear weapons illegal! Suitable to Geography, Politics and Citizenship classes, as well as Primary education. SEE RESOURCE HERE: bit.ly/TPNWedumap The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is a perfect case study for teaching global issues, peace, inequality and internationalism. Browse our other teaching resources for complementary materials teaching nuclear weapons issues. This resources helps students answer questions like: Is it possible to get rid of nuclear weapons? How does the United Nations work? Have countries agreed to get rid of nuclear weapons? Does a country’s size limit what it can influence? For further tips on teaching about the nuclear ban, see our lesson on Nuclear Negotiations and Gender: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/nuclear-negotiations-and-gender-12211206 For more peace education resources visit www.cnduk.org/education
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Mordechai Vanunu, Nuclear Whistleblower: Hero or Traitor?

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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
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Media reporting and bias: Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings

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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
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[Video] Origami peace crane tutorial

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FREE Make your own peace crane and learn about the link between origami and nuclear disarmament. This video shares the story of Sadako Sasaki, who survived the Hiroshima bomb and folded over 1,000 paper cranes before her untimely death. WATCH HERE: http://bit.ly/SadakoCraneVid You will need a square piece of paper to make one ‘orizuru’, or crane. This activity would be suited to: Classes learning about the end of World War II (Primary through Secondary) PSHE, SMSC and wellbeing content Religious Education: Weapons of Mass Destruction Tutor time, beginning/end of term activity For more activities associated with Sadako Sasaki’s inspiration story, see: For Primary schools, Sadako’s Cranes for Peace: For Secondary, Truman on Trial
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Hiroshima and Nagasaki carousel

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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
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Assembly and quiz: Nuclear Weapons

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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
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The Hiroshima and Nagasaki debate: source analysis

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Lesson 3 (History pathway) from the acclaimed teaching pack ‘Truman On Trial: Investigating the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki’. Students analyse a wide range of primary and secondary sources related to the atomic-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to decide how reliable the sources are. The lesson plan includes differentiation, 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
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Uranium Mining in Northern Australia

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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.
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Cuban Missile Crisis timeline

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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
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Propaganda during the Cold War

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Lesson 2 from the acclaimed teaching pack 'Dial M For Missile: Exploring Themes Around the Cuban Missile Crisis'. The lesson gets students to examine pieces of propaganda used before and after the Cuban Missile Crisis. Using critical enquiry, students will then develop an understanding of how propaganda can be used today, and analyse its effects. The lesson plan includes differentiation and extension 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 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
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Just War: Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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Lesson 3 (RE pathway) from the acclaimed teaching pack ‘Truman On Trial: Investigating the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki’. Having reflected on just reasons for going to war (and just actions during war), and decided on their own criteria for acceptable war, students are introduced to Just War theory. They then decide whether the atomic-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were justified according to Just War theory. The lesson plan includes differentiation 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