History KS3 / GCSE: The Atomic bomb

Andrew Marr explores the development and deployment of the first atomic bomb.

He describes the moral dilemma faced by the scientists of the Manhattan Project, and the fallout from the detonation of the bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

Warning: Contains some upsetting and disturbing scenes.

This is from the series: Andrew Marr's History of the World

Teacher Notes

Students could write a series of haiku poems (5-7-5 syllables) justifying or challenging the dropping of the Atomic bombs on Japan, or discussing the effects of the bombs.

Students could hold a debate to discuss the following motion 'The dropping of the Atomic bombs on Japan was justified because they brought a faster end to World War Two'.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History at KS3 and KS4/GCSE in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and National 5 and Higher in Scotland.

This topic appears in OCR, AQA, WJEC in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA Scotland.

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