Our youngest Seniors spent a day by the river in the Kent countryside as part of their Geography studies this term.

The year seven and eight cohorts joined forces on a trip to Lullingstone Country Park to take part in a river study and fieldwork activities.

The 11-13-year-olds, who came prepared with wellies and a change of clothes!, used GCSE data collection methods to conduct measurements of width, depth and velocity at different points across the River Darent’s ‘clear waters’.

After examining the surrounding floodplain (an area of land adjacent to a stream or river, which stretches from the banks of its channel to the base of the enclosing valley walls) the students dried-off and took part in a workshop on the present and past uses of the river, and the reasons for early settlement locations in the area.

Among the interactive sessions, run by Park Rangers Donna and Tracy, was a particularly fascinating one on about the Iron Age, held at an actual settlement site. Working in groups, the Gad’s children learned about round houses and even made their own, with natural resources found by foraging in the woods.

Head of Geography, Dr Stephanie Burke, said: “Both students, and staff, had a wonderful day having fun in the river and spending the day outdoors in lovely weather and the park team commended our students on their enthusiasm and impeccable behaviour.

“Today was a great opportunity to explore river processes first-hand and find out more about the rivers’ links to local history.”

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