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Our bees really create a buzz around our school!

The idea of keeping bees on the school site was first discussed in September 2014 when the Business and Enterprise council were considering new ideas for their business curriculum. It was a perfect choice because not only did it mean that the children were able to help towards sustaining the life cycle of bees, but they could also see Enterprise opportunities by selling honey and honey related products.

Mrs Paul started to research about bees and whether or not it would be appropriate to have them on the school grounds, initially herself and Mr Hawkins visited Charlton Manor Primary school in London to observe how they had set up their bees and honey business; this sparked excitement and inspiration of how Wyberton could transform their school grounds to accommodate the bees.

We were lucky enough to be supported by local bee keeper Eddy Gadd from Honey Tree Farm in Surfleet; he advised us of what else we needed to ensure safety for the children and best positioning for the hives. He also, kindly donated our first bee hives so that we could get started.

Mrs Hodgson, Mrs Paul and Mrs Taylor along with two teachers from St Thomas' school have attended a seven week bee keeper’s course in order to learn how to handle the bees safely and inspect the frames. This training is then passed on to the children.

Please visit our You Tube page for the video of when the bees arrived.

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15/06/2015   Buzzy Club Gets Buzzy!

The Buzzy club have been busy preparing for the arrival of the school’s bees. We have prepared the hives by adding brood frames; this is where the Queen Bee will lay her eggs and the area which the worker bees will keep clean.

 

                   In addition to this, we are making sure that the plants are watered. We have researched which plants will attract the bees and have planted these near the hives, so the bees can collect their pollen.

 

Look Who’s Been Buzy Over the Summer Holidays!

Our friends have been busy over the holidays preparing their hive for the winter. The frames have been full of eggs and stores. Here is Mrs Taylor inspecting a frame.

18/9/15

The new Bee Club of 2015 first met today. Mrs Taylor and Mrs Hodgson are so pleased to have such a curious, engaged and caring group from Year 1 to Year 6 – although we wouldn’t expect anything less from our children at Wyberton Primary School!

To begin, the children explored why bees are so important to our eco-system and therefore realised why it is so important that we care for and support the growth of these creatures. We then went to the apiary to learn how to stay safe when working in this area and the children watched how to feed the bees hard candy which will support them over the winter months.

“The bee suit stops the bees stinging you and the mesh protects your face.” Jack

We used our School Buzziness display to then have a closer look at the different types of bees and added the following questions to our Google board:

“How much pollen and nectar do bees collect in one week?” Conner

“How many bees are there?” Katie

“How do you tell the difference between male bees and female bees?” Darcie

“Are wasps boys or girls?” Tyler  

“Do bees see like us or in multiple images?” Conner

“Why don’t the boy bees do any work?” Katie

Keep checking back to this blog to find the answers to these questions as we explore them during Bee Club!

 

25/9/15

Today in Bee Club we learnt about the different parts of the hive and used our spare hive to explore what a super and a broad box look like and the frames inside them. The children were amazed how the bees build up the wax frame with comb.

As last week we were curious about honey, this week we samples three different types of honey – set honey, wildflower honey and orange blossom honey.