Welcome to the Nectarworks for Schools webpage!
Here you can:
- Find out about the bumblebee-friendly projects we’re developing with primary schools in the North Pennines AONB.
- Find out how your school can ‘bee involved’ and register your interest.
- Download bee-friendly educational resources, activities and lesson plans to help your school bee-come bee-friendly!
Working with a small number of primary schools over an entire year, we are:
- Helping schools design and build their very own nectar garden bursting with the flowers that bumblebees love the most.
- Working with teachers at each school to devise and deliver bumblebee-related activities and resources that are linked to the whole curriculum.
This year, we are working with five schools across the North Pennines: Whitfield, Rookhope, Forest-in-Teesdale, Brough and Stanhope Barrington. Bee-friendly activities are tailored to support the children’s learning in each school so every Nectarworks school project is slightly different. One of the activities we have developed is the Flowering Plant Life-cycle Role Play which you can download below.
Here are some of the other activities the children have been taking part in through their involvement in the Nectarworks Project:
Forest-of-Teesdale Primary School ran a Bee Day in October and made fact files using IT skills to research and produce a Little Book of Teesdale Bumblebees.
Rookhope Primary School surveyed their school grounds to investigate how bee-friendly they are.
Whitfield Primary School used persuasive writing to design and produce a poster.
Church Brough Primary School performed a play about bees at their harvest festival.
All of the schools have planted spring flowering bulbs in readiness for when the bumblebees emerge from hibernation in the spring and have learnt The Bumblebee Song – a simple round.
If your school would like to be involved with the Nectarworks Project, you can register your interest by contacting Mandy Oliver, Nectarworks Community Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org). In order to be involved:
– Your school must be located within or at the edge of the North Pennines AONB.
– Your school should be able to work with the Nectarworks Community Officer for a school year.
– Your school should have an area within the school grounds that could be set aside as a nectar garden.