On Thursday 18 May, Year 6 went down to the Haysden Country Park in Tonbridge for a Geography field trip. The theme of the field trip was to follow up river studies, land-use, economic activities, and flooding. We started from Tonbridge School (Leisure) Centre and walked across country mostly via local footpaths, bypassing the former gun powder mill site, ending up at Haysden Country Park, a distance of 7km in total. As we went along points of Geographical and biological interest were discussed and activities undertaken in their work booklets. The boys followed the route closely practising their map skills on an OS map. They plotted land use and determined the siting factors of the former gunpowder factory. They also saw at first hand some of the OS map symbols in situ, e.g. an embankment. The boys learnt about the Leigh flood barrier and how it controls the water in the River Medway. However, we were unable to view it properly because it was still undergoing construction work to increase its capacity to take into account climate change. Fortunately, the weather was glorious for most of the walk. Overall, the local area was made the most of and the boys had a super day out relating what they have learnt in the classroom.
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