Tuesday, April 22, 2008

BHA Humanism for Schools - Toolkit 2 - What do we celebrate and why? (ages 7-11)

The new BHA Humanism for Schools website has teachers resources for 5-14 year olds.

Humanism is a non-religious approach to life, which the Government and QCA recommend be studied in schools as an example of a secular philosophy. In practice, this most often happens in RE lessons where pupils are also learning about some religious approaches to life.

Six Toolkits are provided for Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 . Each toolkit has a teaching guide (introduction), lesson notes, worksheets and class presentation.

Toolkit 2: What do we celebrate and why? (ages 7-11)

The aim of this toolkit is to explore the humanist idea that our relationships with others are important. Humanists say that it is our human relationships, and the love, commitment, and responsibility in those relationships, which give us the love and support we need in life. Humanists do not believe there is any god who looks after us.

Humanist new baby ceremonies and weddings/civil partnerships reflect this idea. New baby ceremonies focus on the love, commitment, and responsibility of the parents and wider family and friends towards the child. Weddings and civil partnerships celebrate the love, commitment, and responsibility of the couple towards each other and the support which friends and family can give.

Curriculum Links
Religious Education, particularly the themes of 'Beliefs and Questions', 'The Journey of Life and Death', 'Religion and the Individual' and 'Religion, Family, and Community'.
Citizenship/ PSHE 1a, 2a, 2e, 2i, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4f
English, opportunities for speaking and listening, group discussion and interaction, drama, reading, and writing
Opportunities for Art and Music

Lesson Guide

Class Presentation (see bottom of this page)


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