On Monday 13 May, under pleasant skies, Year 5 made their way from the New Beacon to Dry Hill, Sundridge, keen to discover more about the uses of the local landscape. The walk started off going through Brittain’s Wood looking at the coppicing of the sweet chestnut trees for charcoal in the early days and now more so for fencing material. Continuing on the boys identified various landmarks and crop types. The reasons for the building of the A21 fly over were examined. We passed through the occasional farmstead and examined the construction of local buildings, how their function has changed with the passing of time and in what ways farmers diversify to bring in extra income.  We also spent time looking at the rock structures of Dry Hill itself and the clues this can give us to the history of the area we live in from millions of years ago. Year 5 have spent several lessons looking at the structure of the Earth and how our planet’s rocks are formed, so it was of considerable value to see them in the real world and how they form and influence our local landscape. Throughout the walk the boys put into practice the map skills that they learnt in earlier lessons this year.  The boys had a great morning of outdoor Geography seeing aspects of their classroom based work on their doorstep and will hopefully inspire them to explore their local area and beyond in even more depth.

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