Shells learn about river life

Shells learn about river life

Our youngest Seniors found out more about rivers at Lullingstone Country Park, as part of this term’s Geography studies.

The classmates completed a study of the River Darent, and, accompanied by the park’s Educational Ranger, took measurements of depth and speed at different parts of the water.

After lunch, and drying out!, the Shells had a quick play in the park before walking to an old iron age settlement site.  There, they carried out map work and decision making about settlement locations and the use of the river, before moving into the woods to make their own clay round houses.

Head of Geography Mrs Burke said:  “The students had a busy and very enjoyable day.

“It’s so important to learn practically, as well as theoretically, and this is an absolutely stunning place to do just that.”

Lullingstone Country Park is internationally important for its collection of ancient trees, with over 300 veteran oak, beech, ash, hornbeam and sweet chestnut, some of which are thought to be 800 years old. The park also has areas of chalk grassland that fill with spectacular displays of orchids and other wild flowers in spring and summer.