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LT focus: Lesson 1

  • Attempt to locate common values across the traditions
  • Appreciate that Humanists believe in evidence-based investigation


  • What is Humanism or what does it mean to be a Humanist?
  • What are our senses? Why are they important?
  • People use their senses to find out about their surroundings and themselves. Different senses give different information.
  • Teacher explains that Humanists believe in what they can see, hear, touch, taste or smell.
  • How do we know what we know?


  • Children are split into groups of 4: Children must come up with 4 facts based on the evidence of their senses.
  • Groups report back to the class.
  • The children then (in groups) must design a symbol that would represent Humanism as the cross represents Christianity, or the Star of David represents Judaism.
  • The children could use cameras and photographic software to incorporate ideas into their symbol.
  • These designs could be completed on paper or an appropriate drawing app on a ipads.


  • The children share their designs with the group and explain why they chose their design.
  • What feelings/ senses have they included into their designs?
  • Share the real symbol for Humanism and see which group have the closest resemblance

LT focus: Lesson 2

-Attempt to locate common values across the traditions

-Appreciate that Humanism relies upon evidence based investigation


The children could try and remember what the basis of Humanism was.

Today we will be learning about the 3 precepts of humanism.

Look at the slides below. Can the children remember which symbols match the religion


What is Humanism?

How do they apply to everyday life a political action?

Us the grid below (onto card)  and cut them up.

Which values are religious? Which are not?

Use a Venn diagram to place the cards in small groups.


To conclude, can the children remember the 3 Humanist concepts?

In small groups, ask the children to check their Google Classroom assignment page where there will be a BBC clip on Humanism (presented by Sandi Toksvig)

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