Save Britain’s Bees is a Friends of the Earth project which provides a bee saver kit that may appeal to teachers as a resource to use for a mini project, whilst covering pollination or local area topics. However, it does seem to cost £5. Nevertheless, the site does provide some useful free information about the types of bees we have in the UK, why they are declining and some key facts and figures all useful background information for teachers.
Young People’s Trust for the Environment offers free lesson plans and a presentation for KS1 and KS2:
“With around 250 species of bee living here in the UK, these key pollinators make a huge impact on our lives – even if we don’t always realise it! “ (Young People’s Trust)
The topics covered in the 6 lesson pack are
- Why are bees important
- What are bumblebees
- What are honeybees
- What are solitary bees
- Why are bees declining
- What can we do to help bees?
This Waggle Dance video is really interesting for KS2 but may be too advanced for most KS1 children.
It was shared by the Soil Association along with a set of ten key facts.
Busy Bees is a bee video for the young “You see them when it’s warm outside, hanging out in flowers and working away. Bees! Check out what these buzzing insects are up to, and how you can tell the difference between a bumblebee and a honey bee.”(SciShow Kids)
There is a follow-on video about how honey is made: “Honey! Who doesn’t like it? Have you ever seen or learned the process of bees making honey? Join Dr. Binocs as he explains the process of how bees make honey.”(Peekaboo Kidz)
Save Britain’s Bees would be a great mini-book or e-book topic!