BBKA 'Bees in the Curriculum'

Written for Key Stages 1 and 2, this teachers pack is a neat introduction to Bees and Minibeasts, Bee Products, The Beekeeper and Pollination.

The online pdf resources pack has three sections containing many usable worksheets. The headings are:

  • Understanding the world,
  • Science,
  • Science and the environment. 

We have used scientific section headings for usability. This doesn’t mean a waggle dance could not be a PE lesson, or label design couldn’t become an art class!

This is a free resource and is open to all.

Visit Bees in the Curriculum here

Two brilliant lectures for children by our Past President Margaret Murdin

Margaret is a Master Beekeeper, holds the National Diploma in Beekeeping and is a Past President of the BBKA but describes herself as an ordinary, practical beekeeper, currently with twenty colonies across three apiaries. Margaret began as a member of Ormskirk and Croston Branch in Lancashire where she learnt her beekeeping over the years before moving to North Oxfordshire.  

Margaret's background is in education, so she is naturally interested in furthering the education and training opportunities available to our BBKA members. 'We have a duty to our bees and to the public to be as good as we can as beekeepers. We all need to update our skills from time to time and to learn about how to deal with new threats and diseases'. So, Margaret actively encourages members to keep up-to-date with training and take the Basic Assessment if they have not already done so.

Margaret Murdin, past president of the BBKA, gives her talk on Why Bees have smelly feet:

BBKA Christmas lecture December 2020 Why do bees buzz:


What bee is this?

As well as honeybees there are around 24 species of bumblebee and over 240 species of solitary bee in the UK. Please visit our 'What Bee is This?' page to see how to identify them.

Asian Hornet

The Asian Hornet (Vespa Velutina) is an invasive non-native species from Asia.  It is a highly effective predator of insects including honeybees and can cause significant losses to bee colonies.

Please visit our 'Identifying Asian Hornet' page for important information on how to identify them and also details on how to report any sightings.

Friends of the Honey Bee

'Friends of the Honey Bee' is a BBKA initiative aimed at reaching out to schools and other community groups to encourage them to become more bee friendly and aware of the importance of all pollinators.

Information for Schools considering keeping honey bees on site

Many schools now keep honeybees on site and have found them to have a huge impact on pupils. Click here for advice and information on how to get started. 

We would also advise schools to consider becoming a member of the BBKA as joining their local club will put schools in touch with local beekeepers who may be able to help and mentor them as they get started. 

Additionally, beekeepers are sometimes able to visit schools and give a talk on beekeeping. 

Find your local association here