See our new site: UNDERSTANDING HUMANISM
A brand new website featuring comprehensive, flexible, and free educational resources for inclusive RE.

Library Videos

Welcome to the Library Videos section.

The four videos narrated by Stephen Fry below are intended for an adult audience and provide a humanist perspective to four of life’s ‘big questions’. However, the videos might be useful as a classroom resource when put into context by the teacher. The That’s Humanism videos are available as a free download from the British Humanist Association website.

How do we know what is true? (KS4 and 5 : Age 14-19)

What should we think about death? (KS4 and 5 : Age 14-19)

What makes something right or wrong? (KS4 and 5 : Age 14-19)

How can I be happy? (KS4 and 5 : Age 14-19)

The videos clips are available to watch on the page through YouTube, or can be downloaded through the links below each video. The downloads are all zipped up WMV files (suitable for use in classroom PowerPoint and whiteboard presentations) and the transcripts are all Word documents. (Download WinZip from here for free if required).

Forest Farm (KS1 : Age 5-7)

What questions do you have in your head?.
(01.55 seconds)
Download this video. (18.7 MB zip file)
No transcript is currently available for this video.

Questioning (KS1 : Age 5-7)

Why are questions important for humanists?
(02.08 seconds)
Download this video. (20 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Baby naming ceremony (KS2 : Age 7-11)

How humanists celebrate a new life.
(03.32 seconds)
Download this video. (35 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Wedding ceremony (KS2 : Age 7-11)

How humanists celebrate weddings.
(03.28 seconds)
Download this video. (35.5 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Human nature (KS2 : Age 7-11)


The importance of human nature.
(01.46 seconds)
Download this video. (16.4 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Behaving well (KS2 : Age 7-11)


What do we mean by behaving well?.
(01.55 seconds)
Download this video. (18.6 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Right / Wrong 1 (KS2 : Age 7-11)


How do humanists decide right from wrong?
(01.47 seconds)
Download this video. (16.6 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Golden Rule (KS2 : Age 7-11)


Humanists and the Golden Rule.
(01.12 seconds)
Download this video. (11.3 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Why be a humanist (KS3 : Age 11-14)


Who are humanists?
(01.48 seconds)
Download this video. (16.8 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Ghosts (KS3 : Age 11-14)


There are such things as ghosts – do you agree?
(00.55 seconds)
Download this video. (8.4 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Stars (KS3 : Age 11-14)


The stars and planets influence what happens to you in your life – do you agree?
(00.53 seconds)
Download this video. (7.7 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Henry VIII (KS3 : Age 11-14)


Henry VIII had six wives – do you agree?
(00.48 seconds)
Download this video. (7.2 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Green plants (KS3 : Age 11-14)


Green plants need light to grow well – do you agree?
(01.11 seconds)
Download this video. (11.2 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Aliens (KS3 : Age 11-14)


There are intelligent beings on other planets – do you agree?
(00.57 seconds)
Download this video. (8.3 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Pain (KS3 : Age 11-14)


If my friend grazes his knee he will feel pain – do you agree?
(00.57 seconds)
Download this video. (8.3 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Empathy (KS3 : Age 11-14)


The importance of empathy to humanists.
(00.56 seconds)
Download this video. (8.5 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

God 1 (KS3 : Age 11-14)


Is there a God?
(01.49 seconds)
Download this video. (16.2 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Right / Wrong 2 (KS3 : Age 11-14)


Right or wrong – how do humanists decide?
(02.48 seconds)
Download this video. (26.8 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

War (KS3 : Age 11-14)


War – is it ever right to use violence?
(01.15 seconds)
Download this video. (11.3 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Animal rights (KS3 : Age 11-14)

Coming Soon…

Animal rights – should we use animals for medical research?
(00.49 seconds)
Download this video. (7.3 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Free speech (KS3 : Age 11-14)


Free speech – is freedom of speech important?
(01.42 seconds)
Download this video. (15.7 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Wealth (KS3 : Age 11-14)


Wealth – should I pay taxes?
(01.01 seconds)
Download this video. (9.3 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

God 2 (KS3 : Age 11-14)


Is there a God?
(02.04 seconds)
Download this video. (19.4 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Afterlife (KS3 : Age 11-14)


Is this the only life we have?
(03.20 seconds)
Download this video. (32 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Purpose in life (KS3 : Age 11-14)


Where do humanists find meaning and purpose in life?
(02.30 seconds)
Download this video. (23.8 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Important times (KS3 : Age 11-14)


Marking important times in life.
(01.34 seconds)
Download this video. (14.5 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

Tracts (KS3 : Age 11-14)


Philip Pullman discusses the Bible, Koran and other works.
(02.08 seconds)
Download this video. (20 MB zip file)
Download a transcript of this video.

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'.

© British Humanist Association 2016. 39 Moreland Street, London EC1V 8BB. Registered Charity No. 28598

Contact Us

British Humanist Association
39 Moreland Street
London EC1V 8BB
education@humanism.org.uk