World Bee Day - 20th May 2022

On World Bee day help to highlight the importance of bees to the environment and humankind with these useful resources which can be linked to a variety of subjects for different age ranges.

They include activities to help identify different species of bee and bee pollinated plants through to resources looking at the decline in bee numbers and why this is of concern. For secondary pupils there are resources looking at bee behaviour, how bees are classified and taxonomically ranked, and some mathematics activities which use bees to introduce Fibonacci numbers and sequences. In addition, a bee linked BBC micro:bit resource is included showing how it can be used for field research to collect data.

Resources suitable for primary pupils are at the top of the list whilst those suitable for secondary and post-16 students are further down.

Resources

Save Our Bees

Aimed at primary level, this activity pack contains nine activities about bees. The activities link to the curriculum areas of identifying plants and animals, pollination, lifecycles, food chains and habitats. They include: identifying bees and bee pollinated plants, the factors which affect growth and decline in...

Bee detectives

This KS2 resource looks at the importance of bees as pollinators and explores some of the threats they face. The activities are based around the work of ‘real world’ scientists in organisations such as Fera.

Activities include:

Pollination roleplay...

Invertebrates Spotter Sheets *suitable for home learning*

This series of spotter sheets are useful when identifying common invertebrates in their habitats. The photographs of various ‘minibeasts’ include different species of bees, butterflies, dragon flies, moths, shield bugs...

Foraging Behaviour in Bumblebees *suitable for home teaching*

This resource suggests a number of investigations into bee behaviour which can be used to:

  • develop an understanding of the interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem, including food webs and insect pollinated crops
  • consider the importance of insect pollination in human food security
  • ...

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