Case studies and resources
Are you a humanist quiz (Ages 11-18) This downloadable A4 PDF contains a more or less serious set of questions designed to help students think about whether or not they have a religious view of the world, and how this may affect their moral beliefs and behaviour. It is a good warm-up exercise to introduce some of the beliefs and values of Humanism, or can be used at the end of a lesson to reinforce learning.
The ‘Golden Rule’ poster (Ages 5-18) This downloadable A3 PDF contains 26 variations of the ‘Golden Rule’ – that one should should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.
Resource: all about me (Ages 5-11) – This activity encourages pupils as a group to think about what makes them the same and what makes them different, and encourages them to reflect on how their experiences contribute to the development of a sense of identity, self-worth, personal insight, meaning and purpose. It links to PSHE and RE/RME, and contributes to SMSC development.
Case study: right and wrong (Ages 5-11) – This case study includes an activity encouraging pupils to think about different social and ethical issues, inviting them to form opinions, listen to others and share their own thoughts, reflect on their own values, and change their opinions based on new evidence.
Resource: three primary assemblies (Ages 5-11) – three scripts for assemblies for different ages. Themes New Beginnings (for the start of the infant school year); New Beginnings (for a junior school assembly); and Choices (for International Teachers’ Day, October 5th).
Resource: using stories to teach values (Ages 5-11) – A guide for helping teachers to use stories and traditional tales in the classroom as discussion points to explore values.
Toolkit 1: What Makes Us Special? (Ages 7-11) – The aim of this toolkit is to introduce pupils to a range of ideas and to stimulate them to explore their own responses to them.
Toolkit 2: What Do We Celebrate and Why? (Ages 7-11) – The aim of this toolkit is to explore two key humanist ideas. The first is that our relationships with others are important; the second is the humanist idea that because this is the only life we have we should therefore try to live a full and happy life and help others to do the same.
Toolkit 3: How Should We Treat Other People and Why? (Ages 7-11) – The aim of this toolkit is to explore the ways in which humanists make moral decisions.
Toolkit 4: How Do You Know It’s True? (Ages 11-14) – This toolkit explores the ways in which humanists approach the question of what is true using reason and evidence.
Toolkit 5: How Do You Tell Right From Wrong? (Ages 11-14) – In this toolkit students explore the concepts which humanists use to make moral choices. They look at the ways in which these concepts can be applied to practical ethical decisions.
Toolkit 6: What’s It All For? (Ages 11-14) – The aim of this toolkit is to explore what gives humanists a sense of meaning and purpose in life and why.
Case study: life and death (Ages 15-18) – A short explanation about how a school organised a themed philosophy and ethics day with contributions from a range of volunteers.