The Year 7 Design and Technology Resistant Materials group are currently studying the material of wood and looking at trees. They were very fortunate with the weather on Wednesday afternoon. The girls recorded what they saw in the Spinney – log piles, young saplings, bird boxes and they heard lots of wonderful birdsong. Mrs Beaumont discussed the Linnaeus system with the girls as they recorded the Latin and common names of the trees in the Arboretum. They learnt about dendrochronology, the study of growth rings in trees, as an aid to determining the age of the tree and past events.