Exploring Being Human

The intriguing and fascinating question of what it takes Being Human has been explored by children at Upton Junior School in Broadstairs.

As part of their WOW Day about the topic, Year 6 pupils learnt basic First Aid and how to perform CPR on blow-up dummies.

They also tested their fitness through circuit training and made up actions to a song that could help a younger child learn parts of the body.

Teacher Athanasia Papa-Adams said: 

“The children watched some very moving video clips about people with disabilities and they considered the fact that we are all the same and yet different.

Everyone also tried drawing using their non-dominant hand, feet and mouths with varying degrees of success. It was great fun as well as being very informative. Through using the videos we discussed how and why our bodies can adapt; looked at ways in which people with disabilities live life to the full; experienced having to cope with a change to my ‘normal’ working self; empathised with people who have to adapt daily; and discussed spirit and perseverance.

The children were amazing with their discussions, empathising and were in awe at how people adapt. They admitted how difficult they found it to write with their feet or mouths. The impact was very thought provoking for the children and really touched each and every one of them.”

“The children really thought about our core value of adaptability and showed great empathy when watching and discussing the video clips.”


Upton Junior School is part of the Viking Academy Trust which includes Upton Junior School at Broadstairs, Ramsgate Arts Primary School, and Chilton Primary School, Ramsgate.

Thank you to Upton Junior School for sending us this uplifting story. It is so important to look at everyone in our community and learn to empathise with their lives and the challenges they have to overcome, that perhaps we do not. Every single one of us is special and unique and we all matter.