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Resource: all about me (Ages 5-7)

All About Me (Ages 5-7)

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Humanist aims

To encouraging children to:

  • think for themselves and to learn from human experience.
  • learn about life through openness and co-operation, through experiment and observation, and through free enquiry and discussion.
  • reflect on the meaning and purpose of life, what gives life meaning, and what makes us special.

Education aims

This activity encourages children to develop their thinking, speaking, and listening skills by making the pupils aware of similarities and differences between people. This in turn will help to develop empathy with the feelings of others while further developing their sense of identity and self-worth.

The activity will achieve this by asking them to think about their own situation and then listening carefully to others who may have a different point of view or ideas.


Ask the group to write or draw answers in response to the following statements…

  • Something I really like is…
  • A time I was brave was…
  • Something that makes me happy is…
  • Something that makes me sad is…
  • Something that makes me cross is…
  • Something that makes me upset is…
  • I am special because…

You can get the group to do that in the following ways:

  • You can have a conversation and you write things down.
  • You can ask the pupils to work in small groups.
  • You can ask them to do in alone and then find someone who has the same response as themselves.

Discussion points

Discuss with pupils:

  • how many in the class have the same answers and how many are different;
  • whether it matters that our experiences are different;
  • if we can learn from how people think and behave;
  • and how difference can make us special…

button_request a volunteerHow can a humanist volunteer help?

Following the activity a humanist volunteer might be invited to the class to talk about their life and beliefs.

Topics to themes that they might covered:

  • What is a humanists and how are they different from some people (focussing on a description of key humanist beliefs).
  • ‘When and how did I become a humanist’ (why do some people call themselves humanists?)
  • What does it mean to be a humanist (what do humanists do that is the same as some religious people and what is different).

Humanism for Schools

Humanism is a non-religious approach to life, which the 2013 national framework for RE in England recommends be studied in schools as an example of a 'non-religious worldview'.

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