Free School Workshops and Talks
All of our free school workshops and assemblies last between 40 minutes and one hour. We have differentiated versions to suit different ages and abilities, and we are always happy to further tailor our sessions to match your requirements – just get in touch.
An interactive talk that gives students an overview of nuclear weapons, including their history, the situation in the world today, and the arguments given for and against them. It can be standalone, or it can precede a workshop (or a series of workshops!)
The Bomb Factor
An X Factor-style nuclear weapons debate! Small groups of students prepare a performance or presentation arguing the point of view of an assigned country or organisation. They are assessed by a panel of student judges. You can see The Bomb Factor in action at a school in this Teachers TV video. The teaching pack this workshop is based on has been awarded the Quality Mark of the Association for Citizenship Teaching. We offer several other workshops from this pack, too, including ‘Concepts About Conflict’, and ‘Peace Symbols’, which you can browse and download here.
Truman on Trial
The flagship lesson from this resource sees a mock trial of President Truman hosted in the classroom, with students taking on the roles of barristers, witnesses and jurors to decide whether or not he was justified in authorising the nuclear-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They engage with a range of primary and secondary historical sources in the preparation for the trial. The Truman On Trial teaching pack, which was a finalist in the Education Resources Awards 2018, also received accolades in a review from Teach Secondary magazine. It contains RE, History, English and Citizenship-specific lessons, which we offer workshops of. Browse and download these here.
Dial M For Missile
This is our newest teaching pack. It explores nuclear weapons themes from the Cold War, and gets students to compare and contrast this learning with the world situation today. It received a fantastic review in Teach Secondary magazine. The most popular workshop from this resource is currently War Game, a decision-making strategy game which puts students in the shoes of world leaders at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. To browse the other workshops on offer from this pack click here.
Like The Bomb Factor, the teaching pack that this workshop is based on has been awarded the Quality Mark of the Association for Citizenship Teaching. The students look at examples of pressure groups, and how they operate. Then, in small groups, create their own on issue where they want to see change, and present it to the class. To browse this lesson plan, and the others from the pack click here.
Sadako’s Peace Cranes
Students learn the story of Hiroshima victim Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who became a global symbol of peace after folding 1600 origami cranes, despite suffering from terminal leukaemia as a result of the bomb’s radiation. They then make their own origami peace crane or swan. This teaching pack featured in the Teach Secondary Resource Guide 2019, where it received a glowing review. The pack’s content is also applicable to KS2 students. Browse the lesson here.