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Humanism and Atheism

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Humanism and Atheism

LT focus: To introduce the pupils to Humanism and Atheism

Introduction

Group Discussion- What is the best colour and why?

In pairs the children discuss and  share their ideas with the class.

The teacher asks the following questions:

Did everyone choose the same colour?

Why not?

Is that okay?

The teacher explains that Humanists ask questions and find out answers for themselves and not from a God or Gods. Atheists are also a group who don’t believe in God but rely on themselves to ask and answer questions about the world. Some Atheists call themselves Humanists and some Humanists call themselves Atheists, but not always.

Development

The teacher reads the story : The First Snow

Think , Pair, Share

What did you learn from the story?

What questions did the characters ask?

Did everyone come up with the same answer?

Why do you think they didn’t?

Who do you think had the correct answer and why?

Plenary

What do you think when you hear answers that are very different to your own?

What’s the best thing to do?

Teacher reminds pupils that Humanists believe that people should find out information for themselves and learn about the world  in their own way.

Group discussion: What have we learned today? How could we learn more about Humaism/Atheism? What ideas do you have?

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Topic:

Humanism / Atheism

LT focus:

To recognise that Humanists have asked the same questions as other groups.

To understand that Humanists believe that we have one life and that we should live it to the full.

To evaluate what it means to be our best self.

Introduction

The teacher introduces the lesson with a recap of the major world religions and beliefs as well as including other religions featuring in the class/wider school. The class look at images of various followers of these religions. The children identify differences and similarities between these groups.

The teacher then shows the children a photograph of Stephen Fry.

Who is this man?

What do we know about him?

Is he a religious man?

What does he believe in?

Development

Small group discussion – what is a humanist/what does a humanist believe?

Videos – humanism.org

‘How do we know what is true?’

‘What should we think about death?’

‘What makes something right or wrong?’

‘How can I be happy?

Plenary

Small group/pair discussion on Humanism – similarities with other groups, why do Humanists think it’s important to ask questions, what can we do to live our best lives and be our best selves.

End lesson with short small group presentations to class on discussions.

Other teacher resources for teaching this topic:

Video clips: https://humanism.org.uk/thatshumanism/