This week, as part of our Ecology unit in science, we have had a visit from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust who worked with our Year 7 Students to demonstrate the importance of protecting bees. There was a fascinating presentation with lots of myth-busting (only one of the UK’s 24 species of bees make honey!), why bees are in decline, and information on how we can protect them. This was followed by a hands-on session for each class, where students got the chance to see the ultra violet markings on flowers, use digital microscopes to identify pollen and identify different bee species based on their markings.
This ties in with our work in science on interdependence, pollination and food security – and we will be building on this in our Eco club by making ‘bee-hotels’ for the pond area and planting bee-friendly flowers. It was lovely to see the students so involved – please ask them to tell you about the day!