Understanding Humanism

What is humanism?

What do humanists believe? What do they value? What are their goals and ambitions and what motivates them?

Here you will find resources to support an introduction to the humanist approach to life, on the shared beliefs and values humanists hold, on humanist organisations, and on how people discover the word ‘humanist’ applies to them.

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Overviews
Age 5+
What is humanism?

Presentations
Age 5+
What is humanism?

Information
Age 5+
What is humanism?

Here we are

Oliver Jeffers’ book is full of very humanist messages about life

Activities
Age 5+
Happy Human symbol

External Resources
Age 5+
Here we are: read aloud

Hear Oliver Jeffers’ book read aloud on this video.

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Overviews
Age 7+
What is humanism?

Presentations
Age 7+
What is humanism?

Information
Age 7+
What is humanism?

What do humanists value?

Individual humanists answer the question

Here we are

Oliver Jeffers’ book is full of very humanist messages about life

Activities
Age 7+
Humanism through objects

How might these objects connect with humanist beliefs, values, and goals?

Happy Human symbol

Films
Age 7+
When did you decide you were a humanist?

Humanists explain how they came to describe themselves as humanists. Often it was the discovery of a word that fitted their existing approach to life.

Other Resources
Age 7+
How does being non-religious affect my life?

If you are non-religious, is it possible to still lead a good, happy, and meaningful life? Explore the question with this activity.

What do humanists value? (Designing a humanist building)

What might a building that represents humanist values look like? Through an exploration of humanist values and the ideas of humanist architects, students can put their knowledge about humanism to use, by designing a building for humanists.

External Resources
Age 7+
What is humanism?

A BBC Bitesize film to introduce humanism

Five facts about non-religious beliefs

A BBC Bitesize film featuring teenager Cerys explaining what humanists believe and how they put their beliefs into practice.

Here we are: read aloud

Hear Oliver Jeffers’ book read aloud on this video.

Assessments
Age 7+
What is humanism?: multiple choice questions

What is humanism?: fill in the blanks

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Overviews
Age 11+
What is humanism?

Presentations
Age 11+
What is humanism?

Information
Age 11+
What is humanism?

Humanism: a Venn diagram

What do humanists value?

Individual humanists answer the question

Discovering humanism

How do people come to identify with the label ‘humanist’? What do humanists think about labels?

Organised humanism

Humanists UK and humanist groups

Humanist groups and community

 Local humanist groups and where humanists might find community

The Amsterdam Declaration

A set of principles to describe humanism as agreed by the members of Humanists International

Activities
Age 11+
Humanism through objects

How might these objects connect with humanist beliefs, values, and goals?

Happy Human symbol

Films
Age 11+
Introducing humanism

Chief Executive of Humanists UK Andrew Copson presents an introduction to humanist beliefs about human nature, knowledge, meaning, ethics, and society

What does humanism mean to humanists?

A variety of humanists answer the question ‘What is humanism?’

An introduction to humanism

Several famous humanists offer their answers to some of life’s biggest questions.

When did you decide you were a humanist?

Humanists explain how they came to describe themselves as humanists. Often it was the discovery of a word that fitted their existing approach to life.

Other Resources
Age 11+
How does being non-religious affect my life?

If you are non-religious, is it possible to still lead a good, happy, and meaningful life? Explore the question with this activity.

What do humanists value? (Designing a humanist building)

What might a building that represents humanist values look like? Through an exploration of humanist values and the ideas of humanist architects, students can put their knowledge about humanism to use, by designing a building for humanists.

External Resources
Age 11+
Five facts about non-religious beliefs

A BBC Bitesize film featuring teenager Cerys explaining what humanists believe and how they put their beliefs into practice.

Assessments
Age 11+
What is humanism?: multiple choice questions

What is humanism?: fill in the blanks

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Presentations
Age 14+
What is humanism?

Information
Age 14+
What is humanism?

Humanism: a Venn diagram

What do humanists value?

Individual humanists answer the question

Discovering humanism

How do people come to identify with the label ‘humanist’? What do humanists think about labels?

Organised humanism

Humanists UK and humanist groups

Humanist groups and community

 Local humanist groups and where humanists might find community

The Amsterdam Declaration

A set of principles to describe humanism as agreed by the members of Humanists International

Activities
Age 14+
Humanism through objects

How might these objects connect with humanist beliefs, values, and goals?

Films
Age 14+
Introducing humanism

Chief Executive of Humanists UK Andrew Copson presents an introduction to humanist beliefs about human nature, knowledge, meaning, ethics, and society

What does humanism mean to humanists?

A variety of humanists answer the question ‘What is humanism?’

An introduction to humanism

Several famous humanists offer their answers to some of life’s biggest questions.

When did you decide you were a humanist?

Humanists explain how they came to describe themselves as humanists. Often it was the discovery of a word that fitted their existing approach to life.

Other Resources
Age 14+
How does being non-religious affect my life?

If you are non-religious, is it possible to still lead a good, happy, and meaningful life? Explore the question with this activity.

What do humanists value? (Designing a humanist building)

What might a building that represents humanist values look like? Through an exploration of humanist values and the ideas of humanist architects, students can put their knowledge about humanism to use, by designing a building for humanists.

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Information
Age 16+
What is humanism?

Humanism: a Venn diagram

Discovering humanism

How do people come to identify with the label ‘humanist’? What do humanists think about labels?

Organised humanism

Humanists UK and humanist groups

The Amsterdam Declaration

A set of principles to describe humanism as agreed by the members of Humanists International

Films
Age 16+
Introducing humanism

Chief Executive of Humanists UK Andrew Copson presents an introduction to humanist beliefs about human nature, knowledge, meaning, ethics, and society

What does humanism mean to humanists?

A variety of humanists answer the question ‘What is humanism?’

Can we define humanism?

Philosopher Richard Norman discusses whether we can define what precisely humanism is, or whether it is better to think about it in a different way.

An introduction to humanism

Several famous humanists offer their answers to some of life’s biggest questions.

When did you decide you were a humanist?

Humanists explain how they came to describe themselves as humanists. Often it was the discovery of a word that fitted their existing approach to life.

Diversity within humanism

Philosopher Richard Norman explores some of the areas in which humanists might disagree.

Other Resources
Age 16+
What is Humanism?

Andrew Copson provides an introduction to humanist beliefs and values (from the Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Humanism)

Living Well

E-book: A guide to the humanist vision of the good life

How does being non-religious affect my life?

If you are non-religious, is it possible to still lead a good, happy, and meaningful life? Explore the question with this activity.

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