Bees and the waggle dance

Teaching Innovation: Bee School For 7yr Olds

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 :-) .

Lets talk bees

Lets talk bees

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.

Hexagons and the start of a been hive

Hexagons and the start of a been hive

Understanding pollen and bees

Understanding pollen and bees

Having learnt about pollen the children played a game based on how bees collect pollen from flowers and store it in their hive.

Playing the "bee and pollen games

Playing the “bee and pollen games

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?

Busy bees, the hive is being transformed

Busy bees, the hive is being transformed

A working bee hive through the eyes of 7 yr olds

A working bee hive through the eyes of 7 yr olds

The children have played question and answer games too. They were matching questions to answers… that got them thinking !

Question and answer games

Question and answer games

 

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.

A hive that will survive the winter

A hive that will survive the winter

One Mr 7 thought when the baby bees are big enough, they could play on their very special bee playground.

A baby bee playground

A baby 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…

Bees and the waggle dance

Bees and the waggle dance through the eyes of a 7 yr old

Waggle Dances

Waggle Dances

Waggle dancing

Waggle dancing

 

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 :-)

Honey to be judged

Honey to be judged

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.

Regards

The Honey Delight Family

:-)

 

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