They are designed to raise awareness of bees and why they are important to us and to the wider ecosystem. Children and young people can also learn about why bees are in trouble. They can be involved in a solution to the problem, buy viagra by raising money for a bee friendly space in the school grounds or nearby, planting it and making bee hotels.
A Bee Education Booklet containing
- The plan for a talk or assembly
- Lesson plans
- Fun and informative games exploring bees and ecosystems
- A bee-friendly plants survey
- Information about creating your own bee-friendly area in school
- Links to the national curriculum
A pack of ‘Phylo Cards‘ for playing ecosystem and food chain games
- Fact Cards – an optional extra for the assembly/talk
- A4 Phylo Cards for introducing the ecosystem games to a class
- Blank Phylo Cards so the children can make their own
- A4 Flower Pictures to use in the infant games
- Custom make your Bee-friendly plants recording sheet
- Instructions on how to create a unique Bee Hotel
- The Royal Horticultural Society’s list of potentially harmful plants
- More information about creating bee-friendly spaces and meadow areas
- A more detailed bee-friendly flower survey is on the Bee Scene website
A video which could be used to recap the points made in the assembly, put together by Mandy Staunton at Birmingham Friends of the Earth:
Note: there is no sound, to enable to educator to talk through what is happening at the right level for the age of the children.
From the BBC programmes ‘Bees, Butterflies and Blooms’, these videos can be shown to complement the assembly / talk or introduce the topic of bees to older children.
- A breakfast without pollinators, 3mins
- Protecting Britain’s bees, 2mins
- Which flowers are good for pollinating insects, 2mins
There is also a video clip showing bees doing a waggle dance, 1 min
Hard copies of the resource pack
The printed pack contains an educator booklet and one set of phylo cards. If you would like one or more packs or additional phylo cards you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. The rest of the resources can be printed from the above links.
The 2012 Bee Cause Resources
Please note that these Bee Education resources have been simplified, improved and updated for 2013. The phylo games and cards have changed and are not compatible with last year’s resources, however you can still download the cards and instructions from Phylo 2012 if you prefer to use them.
More information about the resources
These are all included in the Bee Education Booklet
The Phylo Cards and the games that can be played with them are designed to help children find out about British plants and animals and how their lives are linked to each other. They can also help to investigate how we are ourselves dependent on other species, especially pollinators. They show the effects we are having on wildlife, good and bad.
There are different levels of difficulty in the games and activities, so they are suitable from infant age upwards into secondary and can stimulate debate on many biodiversity issues.
The Bee Cause Phylo is a version of the open source game ‘Phylo’. Many more cards, which can be used in addition to the ones in this pack to investigate other biodiversity issues can be found at www.phylogame.org. The word ‘phylo’ is a prefix relating to the classification of organisms.
The Bee Assembly/Talk introduces why bees are important and how we can help for primary age. It can be played like a pantomime or there is a calmer standard version. Bring in a box of everyday things and get the children buzzing (out loud!) to tell you which of them are to do with bees. Contains the script, fact cards for you or the children to read out, 2 badge fronts saying ‘I hate bees’ and ‘I love bees’ and a cut-out bee to buzz across the room.
There is a Bees Quiz as an alternative to the fact cards
The Waggle Dance game and Flower Surveys
Then the Bee Cause Flower Pictures used for the game can be taken into the school grounds along with the recording sheet, to identify bee friendly flowers. There is a Bee Cause Flower Recording Sheet to tick off the ones you can find.
On the Flower and Bee identification page to the left there are alternative flowers which can be used to make a custom recording sheet for your school.
Junior Wildflower Surveys
The wildflower survey above is a very simple one. We are also working with ‘Wild About Plants’ who have a more detailed wildflower survey and recording sheets for older children. You can download the ’2012 ID Card’ and ’2012 Recording Card’ from Bee Scene webpage or order hard copies from that page as well – please say you are using them with the Friends of the Earth resources. ‘Wild About Plants’ also have a map where you or the children can mark the results of your survey.
Making bee friendly areas in school
After children have found out about why bees are important and surveyed their area they might be keen to plant a bee-friendly area in the school grounds or nearby. There is advice in the Bee Education Booklet about becoming more bee-friendly in school. To raise money for the plants, and to give children ownership of the project, there is a Bee Cause Sponsor Form and Bee Identification where they can be sponsored for each type of bee that they see.
Note that if you want to run a session for children or young people on behalf of Friends of the Earth, you will need to Join the Youth and Education Network. This doesn’t apply to teachers or other people who will be using the pack as part of their usual work with children.