On Thursday 19 May, Year 6 went down to the Haysden Country Park in Tonbridge for a Geography field trip. There was plenty of rain about but fortunately, that eased off and the sun shone through. The focus of the field trip was to follow up map skills, river studies, land-use, economic activities and flooding.
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. We also discussed how the Leigh flood barrier further upstream reduces flooding around Tonbridge. Unfortunately, we could not gain access to it this time, as they were raising the height of its embankment. 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 thoroughly enjoyed a super morning out learning much about their local area.