But that isn't what this blog is about. We'll tell you more about everything else soon. For now, we'd like to tell you more about what we have been doing this term for our future bees-through our science, technology and math contexts....
This term Room 3 students have been constructing hives, which marks the next step in our learning about bees .
We are using small boxes so we can begin our " keeping bees" experience with very small numbers of Bees. This will allow children to gain confidence, and an understanding of bee space. Their knowledge of bees work and the hive members jobs can be viewed more readily when watching fewer bees at work.
Constructing of each small ,mini nuc hive was done by three students working together to follow instructions. Each group received a "flat pack " styled kit provided by Brett Soutar from Short Back N Sides. Brett's business is a proud sponsor of our Enviro school work this year.
The kits contained the walls, floor, roof and frames needed for each hive. With a nuc hive as a model ,students assembled their hive and screwed them together. Co operation and planning was a major part of this task, just as managing a hammer and keeping all the edges flush during building needed a joint efforts for each group to succeed.
Hives have been painted to enable groups to identify the hive they made. Each hive will soon have wax and comb added to the frames ready for the Bees. Each hive will house approximately 300- 400 bees (about 2 cups full, )and a queen cell.
The object of using a mini nuc is to have the queen mated and have a core number of bees to look after the queen. After mating, our intention is to move the bees into larger nucs and then full size boxes and so our experience in keeping bees begins.
We are all very enthusiastic and excited. We will keep you up to date with our progress. We know that bees are very important for our food systems and that they are at risk worldwide and in need of greater care and attention. We feel pretty special to go to a school that teaches us how to keep bees and do our bit for the planet and our long time friends the Bees. You could say it really gives us a buzz!