Year One went on a tree hunt around the our wonderful school grounds and using the leaves alone they were able to identify a great number of common British trees growing there. In the Key Stage One playground there are many oak trees and a beautiful Hawthorne still in bloom. We were careful when handling the needles of the pines and prickly holly leaves, our evergreens. Sycamores and ash trees were easy to identify because their seeds were also in view – the helicopter like seeds of the sycamore and the ‘keys’ of the ash trees. We talked about how the wood of the rowan tree was thought to protect against evil long, long ago and how these trees are home to many creatures including our squirrels that appear from time to time bouncing along the fences.