Under Pressure: How Pressure Groups Operate
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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
Timeline of a Nuclear Explosion
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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
The Chernobyl Disaster
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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
Peace Symbols - Design Your Own
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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.
Dial M for Missile: Exploring themes around the Cuban Missile Crisis
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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
Mordechai Vanunu, Nuclear Whistleblower: Hero or Traitor?
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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
Just War: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
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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
The Hiroshima and Nagasaki debate: source analysis
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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
Haiku and Senryu: The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
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Haiku and Senryu: The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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Lesson 3 (English pathway) from the acclaimed teaching pack ‘Truman On Trial: Investigating the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki’. Students are introduced to haiku and senryu, and then write their own on the atomic-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, first from the perspective of an allocated fictional character, and then from their own point of view. 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
Hiroshima and Nagasaki carousel
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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
Media reporting and bias: Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings
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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
War Game: a Cuban Missile Crisis decision-making role-play
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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
Cuban Missile Crisis timeline
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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
Propaganda during the Cold War
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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
Codemakers and Codebreakers: then and now
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Codemakers and Codebreakers: then and now

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Lesson 3 from the acclaimed teaching pack 'Dial M For Missile: Exploring Themes Around the Cuban Missile Crisis'. This lesson enables students to discover the history of secret code-making and breaking, and its significance at the time of historic events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis. They learn how codes can be made and broken, and then create their own in small groups and attempt to break each others'. The lesson also gives the opportunity to explore relevant ethical dilemmas, by getting students to debate questions around secrecy, privacy, intelligence-gathering in the context of the world today. The lesson plan includes differentiation, extension and enrichment suggestions. The lesson is highly relevant to the curriculum and exam syllabuses of History, Citizenship, Government & Politics, Maths, Computing, and Religious Education, 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
Nuclear Bunkers: during the Cold  War, and today
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Nuclear Bunkers: during the Cold War, and today

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Lesson 5 from the acclaimed teaching pack 'Dial M For Missile: Exploring Themes Around the Cuban Missile Crisis'. Following on from the lesson on Civil Defence, this lesson gives students an insight into the history of nuclear bunkers, and gets them to decide in small groups what items they would prioritise in a nuclear bunker to help them survive a nuclear attack. They can then create some of these items, and/or role-play being in the bunker. The lesson plan includes differentiation, extension and enrichment suggestions. The lesson is highly relevant to Citizenship, History, Art & Design, 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
Civil Defence: during the Cold War, and today
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Civil Defence: during the Cold War, and today

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Lesson 4 from the acclaimed teaching pack 'Dial M For Missile: Exploring Themes Around the Cuban Missile Crisis'. This lesson enables students to learn about civil defence during the Cold War, through examining a range of historic sources, including a documentary film clip. Students can then apply their new knowledge when they create their own civil defence guide, for what to do in a contemporary disaster (nuclear or other). The lesson plan includes differentiation, extension and enrichment suggestions. The lesson is highly relevant to the curriculum and exam syllabuses of Citizenship, History, English, and Government & Politics, 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