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Bee Weiss Honeybees – Schools

Learn about all things bees!

Students will be amazed as they develop an understanding of bees particularly the ‘European Honeybee’, beekeeping, pollination in our ecosystem, sustainability and ‘living with bees’.

Highlights

  • Students will learn about bees, beekeeping, bee pollination, honey production, sustainability and how humans work with bees.
  • Students will learn about the life cycle stages of a European Honeybee, the Queen excluder and purpose.
  • View bee frames with ‘brood’ (baby bees), nectar and honey in the frames.
  • View a beekeeping suit and tools used for beekeeping including the ‘smoker’.
  • Includes opportunity to taste fresh honey.
  • Photos and short videos of bees, beehives and, parts of the hive colony.
  • Questions and answers.
  • The demonstration links directly to the Science and Technology syllabus, specifically for Years 3 and 4.
  • Presentations run for approximately 60 minutes allowing for changeover of classes.
  • Sessions can be structured to align with your school timetable.
  • Up to date Working with Children Check, Risk Assessment and Certificate of Currency provided.

Description

The workshop includes a demonstration of bee keeping equipment including bee suit with veil and the ‘smoker’.

Students will have the opportunity to view and pass around actual hive ‘waxed frames’, demonstrating up close the hexagonal shape of each honey/brood cell.

Students will be shown a variety of still photos and short videos showcasing bees inside a beehive, the different parts of the hive including the brood (nursery) boxes and the honey ’super’, as well as photos of eggs, larvae, pupae and, bees hatching.

Students will also discover how honey is produced, how humans work with bees and, of course, bee safety and how to not get stung!

Curriculum and Syllabuses

Year 3 – Biological Sciences

Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044):

  • Recognising characteristics of living things such as growing, moving, sensitivity and reproducing.
  • Recognising the range of different living things.
  • Exploring differences between living, once living and products of living things.

Year 4Biological Sciences

Living things have life cycles (ACSSU072):

  • Making and recording observations of living things as they develop through their life cycles.
  • Describing the stages of life cycles of different living things such as insects, birds, frogs and flowering plants.
  • Comparing life cycles of animals and plants.
  • Recognising that environmental factors can affect life cycles such as fire and seed germination.

Living things, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073):

  • Investigating how plants, provide shelter for animals.
  • Investigating the roles of living things in a habitat, for instance producers, consumers or decomposers.
  • Recognising that interactions between living things may be competitive or mutually beneficial.

Facilitator Profile

Rob Weiss is a registered Beekeeper with the Department of Primary Industries and has been a beekeeper for 6 years.  Rob currently has 7 beehives on his property and sells his fresh honey when in season.

Rob assists many clients set up, maintain and, mentor their very own beehives.

Rob has been working with children as a sports trainer and other vocations for the past 15 years.  He also is a personal fitness trainer and operates a laser tag business.

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