On Thursday 23 May, with clear skies and the promise of much sunshine, Year 6 went down to the Haysden Country Park in Tonbridge for a Geography field trip. The focus of the field trip was to follow up river studies, land-use, economic activities and flooding, including an ecological activity. We were dropped off at the car park at Tonbridge School (leisure) Centre and walked to the edge of the tennis courts where we surveyed the River Medway’s floodplain, asking ourselves how it was formed and what it is used for. The boys then used their OS map and compass to orientate themselves. We walked across country mostly via local footpaths, through farmland, past oasthouses and under railway bridges again stopping to discuss reasons for their location and filling out a booklet. We then passed near the former gun powder mill site, ending up at Haysden Country Park, a distance of 7km in total. The boys had a picnic lunch at the Leigh flood barrier where they viewed its construction and learnt how it controls the water in the River Medway so as to prevent Tonbridge experiencing such damaging floods as in the 1980s. They also undertook a short biological investigation of the scrapings by the A21 viaduct. In Haysden Country Park the boys learnt about why it was made a country park and how it benefits the local community. The weather was ideal and the boys thoroughly enjoyed a super day out learning much about their local area.