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The secret lives of bees


​Year 3/4 students this year became absorbed in bees.

This followed on from their observations of bee behaviour in the school garden around the basil flowers. The students were wondering about how bees collected pollen. They developed theories to explain this and then undertook a series of observations and experiments to test their theories.

The school’s digital microscope was put to good use when a dead bee came to school. Students were able to make close observations of the anatomy of a bee.

For example Pravan thought: “I disagree that the bees have something special in their mouths that bees actually suck up honey from plants because bees use their hair. They don’t actually use their mouths.”

Students used drawings to make close observations of the bees and to record their findings in this research project which took  place mostly in the school vegetable garden.