Over the past few weeks we have been working with Robyn Cairns to develop ”Bee School for Seven Year Olds”.
The lessons were an innovation of Robyn Cairns who is a environmental science /sustainability educator in a primary school in Victoria. Its been a joy to help out along the way and know children are being taught about bees in our schools. The lessons started with pictures and lots of talking about what bees do.
The faces of the children have been cropped on purpose .
A lot of effort went into learning about hexagons, making them and fitting them together to make a hive. Then children got up close and inspected pollen in flowers.
Having learnt about pollen the children played a game based on how bees collect pollen from flowers and store it in their hive.
Over a period of a couple of weeks the hives at the “bee school” have been evolving into a busy colony with baby bees and stored pollen and nectar.
What do bees put in their hexagons?
The children have played question and answer games too. They were matching questions to answers… that got them thinking !
The children have worked hard to build their hive and store plenty of honey and pollen. It looks like enough for the hive to survive the winter and to feed the baby bees.
One Mr 7 thought when the baby bees are big enough, they could play on their very special bee playground.
Imagine lots of 7 yr olds doing the waggle dance! It must have been fun, and this is what they said about it…
One questions was – Do bees get tried when they have to waggle about flowers that are a long way away?
Our answer was – yes, we think they do, because if bees don’t have a good breakfast of honey and pollen, they get so tired they cant get home. Isn’t that sad
The final lessons are going to include honey tasting and honey judging of Honey Delight produce. It has been amazing to us to learn some children have never tasted honey
It will be very interesting to see if we have any future honey judges among the students. We look forward to connecting with Robbie and her students again this coming week through twitter and the interactive whiteboard. Isn’t technology amazing !
Its been a lot fun watching the children learn about bees – Rob Cairns you are amazing! We hope this might inspire other teachers to bring bees back to the classroom
If teachers are inspired, and there is honey tasting to be done around Australia, or the world please buy a named brand. The no-name / home-brand honey is devastating our industry and the honey is inferior. “Bee School for Seven Year Olds” could also be an opportunity to help children understand that beekeeping in Australia produces the best honey in the world (no, we aren’t biased) and its something we should all “bee” incredibly proud of.
The Honey Delight Family