Upton pupils learn about evolution and the circle of life

Circle of life project at Upton

Learning about the Circle of Life is underway for senior pupils at Upton Junior School, Broadstairs, with a range of activities to broaden their understanding of the challenging topic.

The educational adventure for Year 6 children began with a non-uniform ‘wow day’ of structured learning centred on adaptation, evolution and cloning.

A visitor from Wingham Wildlife Park discussed with girls and boys about how animals have adapted to their environment and the children looked at bones, fossils and skulls from different animals to see how they have evolved over time.

They investigated the idea that broad groupings, such as micro-organisms, plants and animals, can be sub-divided. They discussed reasons why species are placed in one group and not another, recognised that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but understood that normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents.

The children also identified how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.

Pupils also took part in a drama workshop where they expressed words in different moods, speeds and tones. They listened to listened to and reciprocated rhythms, responded and moved to music, and took part in and led freeze-frame mime techniques.

In a creative art session, girls and boys used a choice of techniques to depict perspective, shadows and reflection. They were taught to develop various skills, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity and experimentation.

Head of Year 6 Athanasia Papa-Adams described it as “a wonderful day of learning as a starting point for this topic.”

She added: “During the course of this topic we will be looking deeply into classification and investigating the different types of fossils, the theory of evolution and Charles Darwin’s discoveries.

“We are also lucky enough to be using the loan boxes from the Powell Cotton natural history museum at Quex in Birchington – this has given us a range of artefacts through which we can discover observational characteristics of things from the past.”

Deputy Head of School Dave Walker said: “This is a challenging multi-faceted topic. It is an important learning journey for our oldest children and will form an important part of their ongoing educational development – and it is fascinating and fun too.”


  1. The local Thanet chavs have learned to adapt to their environment, they are hunter-gatherers, and go out shoplifting daily, returning with their goods for the family, or swapping them for drugs.

    They have learned to adapt (not very successfully), by avoiding the police.

    They have even developed their own distinct language, which includes; allo mate, ow are ya mate, yes mate, no mate, and innit. They are often seen wearing a distinctive uniform, which includes a track suit, trainers, a cap, and a pierced ear.

    Over time, they have developed territorial skills, which when threatened includes; wot ya looking at, ya wanna give it some.

    These creatures have been rapidly breeding for many years, supported by Universal Credit, and child benefit

    Those at the top of the hierarchy have learned to spit on the pavement, and often dribble down their front. If you listen out carefully, you will hear them in discussion, where every sentence will contain the word “fu**ing”

    Thanet in evolution, Charles Darwin, you done us proud “innit”

  2. I’ve just read this puff piece produced by the school, and I still don’t have a clue what the “Circle of Life” is.
    Is “expressed words in different moods, speeds and tones” a euphemism for “sang songs”?

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