The Bomb Factor

Exploring Peace and Nuclear Issues in the Classroom

KS3: ages 11-14KS4: ages 14-16KS5: ages 16+PDF

This pack includes six activities for use in secondary schools, post-16 and youth settings to explore peace and nuclear issues.

Students can explore:

  • the effects of a nuclear explosion – using a timeline and personal testimony
  • concepts about conflict, both in the context of a school and on the international stage
  • the Chernobyl disaster and its aftermath, including the people and countries affected
  • Mordechai Vanunu, whistleblower on Israel’s nuclear weapon programme – traitor or hero?
  • peace symbols – messages conveyed by logos, symbols and body language
  • “The Bomb Factor” – arguments for and against keeping nuclear weapons.

CND have taken a very imaginative, active-learning approach with this pack. It enables students to investigate a range of arguments, including opinions that may not be their own, and consider these controversial issues in an engaging and interactive way, developing their critical thinking and enquiry skills.

Read more, and download or order: CND Peace Education

A user of the resource found that The Bomb Factor ‘lets their [students’] 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 (further reviews at

See The Bomb Factor lesson in action:


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