Thursday, 30 July 2015

The bee trip

We saw the bees.  By Devon.

We got to look at bees.  By Arabella.

We saw a big bee.  By Cameron.

We could be like a bee.  By Ella.

Me and my Mum were having fun making the candles together.  By Emylie.

We got to dress up in some bee costumes.  By Reuben.

We got to look through microscopes.  By Lily.

We saw the queen bees.  By Logan.

We went to the honey farm to see the queen bee.  By Samson.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Adult bees emerging from the cells in the hive

Look at some more amazing bee art that we have created and displayed in our classroom.

Next to our artwork we have recorded one statement each about what we have learned at the Arataki Honey Farm.

Come and have a look sometime!

Our wonderings about bees...

After our visit to Arataki honey we made some bees using shapes that we know.
In geometry we are learning about shapes.  We learned about all the parts of the bee, and once we had finished our art works we shared a question that we were wondering about.

Here are the finished bee artworks with our questions attached.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Arataki Honey Farm - all about bees

What a fun trip we had to the Arataki Honey Farm.  The students were so excited about travelling together on the bus, it was quite an adventure.  A highlight for most students was being able to make their own beeswax candles with special shapes made with cookie cutters.  We learned that bees are very smart.  Male bees are very lazy!  The female worker bees do all the work.  Beekeepers wear special protective equipment to collect the honey.  Bees collect nectar and pollen from flowers to make their honey and hives.  Bees live in cells that are 6 sided shapes called hexagons. We also learned that bees sting and then they die, and that there are different types of honey.   We learned about the body parts of the bee and about the queen bee who is protected in the hive and she has a dot on her.  Lots of great new learning!