This is an example of a typical day visiting the BBKA.  We can, however, tailor the content for the specific needs and abilities of a particular class or group.  Please contact us to discuss your requirements in more detail:

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9.30am Arrival

9.45am Welcome & Safety Talk




1
0.00amIntroduction to Honey Bees’ talk.

Introduce the class to what a honey bee is, the life cycle of a bee, learning about Who’s Who? in the hive, and acting out the roles of the queen, the workers and the drones. Learn about the equipment a beekeeper uses and how to put together a hive. Offers the class the opportunity to see honey bees in an observation hive; a safe, learning environment to watch and develop understanding about these amazing creatures.  Explaining what to do if you get stung.


The class will be divided into 4 groups of c.6-8 children for ‘carousel’ activities which include: Anatomy of a Honey Bee, Bee’s Communication, Flower Power, 'Meet the Bees' and Hive Products:


10.30am Activity 1: Anatomy of a Honey Bee

Explore the life cycle of a bee. Discover how the amazing honey bee has adapted to its environment to forage for nectar, collect pollen, propolis and water, by looking down the microscope at slides of honey bee parts. The class will create a mosaic image of a flower with UV pens to show how a honey bee sees!

Microscopes: explore slides of honey bee wings, legs, pollen baskets, eyes, mandibles, tongue and a sting!

Mosaic flower & UV light: creating a mosaic flower and adding UV ink to show how bees see flowers. Producing art to take home or for your class ‘meadow’ wall display.

                                        


11.00am
Activity 2: Bees’ Communication

Observe how honey bees interact and communicate with each other on the frame by watching real bees safely in an observation hive. A great way for the class to learn what goes on inside a hive, and how bees communicate through movement and the 'Waggle Dance'.

Observation Hive: observing and discussing, with the help of prompt questions, how the queen, workers and drones interact on the frame. Consolidating children’s understanding of how a colony group can work together for the common good.

Waggle Dance: learning how and why bees communicate through the 'Waggle Dance'. Create your own dance code to show your friends where to find the treasure!

 

11.30am Activity 3: Flower Power

Why do we need bees? Learn about why different species of bees prefer different flowers. Discover how bees forage for nectar and at the same time pollinate flowers and plants! Explore the other-worldly nature of pollen through the lens of a microscope.

Drinking Straw Tongues: discover how bees’ tongues are like straws and how they use them to drink water and suck nectar from flowers.

Seeds for Bees: create a newspaper ‘seed pot’, or plant up your recycled container or empty honey jar with nectar-rich, plant seeds for pollinators. Take them back to school and watch them grow!

Throw-and-Grow Seed Bombs: Make seed bombs for honey bees and pollinating insects. Take them home or throw-and-grow them in your school’s pollinator garden


 

12.00pm Activity 4: ‘Meet the Bees’ and Exploring Hive Products

‘Meet the Bees’ -  watch safely in small groups from behind a bee-proof mesh in our outdoor cabin as an experienced beekeeper opens a hive to enable you to see the real live honeybees inside!  Explore the products of the hive, including beeswax and honey and how they benefit both humans and bees!

Beeswax: Looking at raw and refined wax, candles and products that are created from beeswax. Create your own rolled wax candle to take home.

Honey: looking at a wide variety of honeys from around the UK and world. Comparing honey samples to guess which flowers they come from! Learn why honey is good for humans.

Pollen and Propolis:  explore the wide range of pollen colours and how bees use propolis in the hive.

Class Fingerprint Poster:   create a group Fingerprint Poster for your class wall - ‘Bee Kind, Bee Good and Work Hard!’

                                     

  

12.30pm Lunch break

Children bring their packed lunch to eat outside in the apiary garden (weather permitting).

                                     

1.00pm-1.55pm Activity 5: Free-flow Activities Outside

A variety of outdoor games and activities on a honey bee theme, including:

Bug Hotel Building: create a Bug Hotel from a range of natural and recyclable materials

In the Wellies of a Beekeeper: dress up in a beesuit and gloves. Explore the equipment a beekeeper uses to keep the bees and beekeeper safe and happy!

Hive: put together the parts of an empty hive. Do you remember how to do it?

Model-making: consolidating today’s learning with a creative piece of ‘Pollinator’ artwork: clay insects, tin foil bugs; leaf, twig and pine cone insects-making; rock painting.

Scavenger Nature Hunt: exploring the apiary garden for bugs and wildlife

Hexagon/Circle Shape Sort: Counting game using hexagon and circle shapes.

*Pollination Game: play the game with your class. Who will collect the most nectar and pollen?

*Pond Dipping: Explore the pond habitat to find which mini-beasts are living here.

* If you would like to choose either of these options please ensure you specify this when booking.


  

1.55pm Meet back together, collect belongings and say goodbye.

2.15pm Leave to return to school.