Science and BEES

This topic encourages children to look more closely at these small living creatures, revealing an exciting world to explore. Because the bee has been so well researched and documented it provides a really good example of a fascinating life system. Children can use a hand lens or microscope to look at the anatomy of the bee and other common insects. Honeybees are cleverly adapted to live through the winter whilst bumble bees and solitary bees hibernate. Honeybees have antennae for touch when they are in the dark hive, a long tongue to reach nectar inside flowers and pollen sacs on their legs to transport the pollen back to the hive. It is a good opportunity to get out into the School grounds and survey the flowers available to bees in the area. The children can observe bees foraging and make and test simple hypotheses.

Learning topics

Looking at minibeasts            
Looking at minibeasts drawings           
Different sorts of bee       
Is it a bee?
Looking at a bee                     
Looking at a bee magnified                
Types of bee                   
In the hive
In the beehive pg2             
How a honey bee grows                      
Parts of the hive
Parts of the hive continued      
Cells in the honeycomb  
Watching bees
Inside the beehive worksheet

Useful resources


Close up of Apis mellifera proboscis   Apis mellifera (Honey bee)        Bombus terrestris (Bumblebee)  Colletes hederae (Ivy mining bee)             


Close up of Apis mellifera from above     Bee pupae – by Waugsberg      Julie Vernon – Pollen from various flowers    ED- Leaf Cutter Bee;

Ants nest                                        
Asian Hornet Colouring Sheet                                  
Bumblebee in flight                   
Butterfly – Peacock  
Bees collecting water               
Queen cells                                    
White tailed bumblebee


Minibeast Hunt -      

Lesson plan: Minibeast Trackers -

Instar magazine – A digital magazine for young entomologists - National Insect Week - Instar Magazine

Looking at honeybee under microscope -

The Bee, Magnified: Microscopic Photography by Rose-Lynn Fisher -

Common bumblebees -           

Why do bees make hexagons with Brian Cox -

Slow motion video of various bees -

A huge thank you to our generous Bees in the Curriculum Sponsor National Bee Supplies