Wiltshire Beekeepers Association works with schools in the county to help bring the delights of bees, pollination and beekeeping to pupils of all ages.
Free teaching materials
For now, download a free, illustrated factsheet on The Honeybee, created especially for schools. You can make as many copies and distribute it as you like. You will find more teaching materials, including Word Searches, here.
Observation hives in schools
Wiltshire Beekeeping Association branches have observation hives, which can be safely brought into schools, and speakers who can talk about honey bees. To book a visit to your school during the summer term, contact Tony Awdry.
Schools keeping bees
Many schools worry about the health and safety aspects of keeping bees on the premises. Here is an article about two schools’ experiences of keeping bees to show you what is possible: Beekeeping in the curriculum (published by Special Children magazine, February 2018).
Find out about bees and beekeeping
Meanwhile, the Wiltshire Bee & Honey Day is an annual, free event for anyone who wants to learn about bees and beekeeping.
The day is designed to increase awareness honeybees and there are talks aimed at people who are thinking of taking up beekeeping. If you have ever thought about keeping bees at your school, this is the perfect opportunity to find out more – you will find that your local bee club is ready to offer as much support and advice as you want. We can also put you in touch with schools, including special schools, that are already keeping bees to find out the impact of this on their pupils.
The event includes the county honey show – with several classes aimed at non-beekeepers. These are perfect for children and young people. Several schools took part in the event last year. 2019 classes open to schools and pupils include the following:
The 2021 event takes place at the Corn Exchange in Devizes on 9 October. Although the event takes place on a Saturday, schools will be able to drop off children’s exhibits at the Corn Exchange the night before the event. Teachers, pupils and their parents/carers are welcome to attend and view their exhibits (after judging) and listen to any of the talks.
Find out more about the Wiltshire Bee & Honey Day