For those of you that do not know, we actually keep bees here at Greatwood. We have three qualified beekeepers here at school who are registered with the British Beekeeping Association.
Who are our beekeepers?
We currently have one colony of bees here at Greatwood. They are honey bees.
We have had a special area purposely built in our school grounds which is called an apiary. The bees live in a wooden hive which was built by Mrs Bealey. We have a second hive (built by Mrs Yeoman) for next year when we will hopefully have two colonies.
Honey bee colonies consist of a single queen, hundreds of male drones and 20,000 to 80,000 female worker bees.
Every Friday night our apprentice beekeepers meet. We now know all about:
Edward: I learnt how to mark the Queen bee and why we mark her.
Jack: I learnt that when the bee hatches it comes from a cell not from an egg.
Mathew: I have learnt that there is more than one type of bee.
Rachel: I have learnt how to mark the Queen bee.
Edward: I really enjoyed spinning the honey.
Jack: I enjoyed learning about the different jobs that the bees do.
Rachel: I really enjoyed spinning the honey.
Mathew: I really enjoyed spinning the honey and learning about all of the different bees.
The children are really looking forward to the Spring when they can visit the apiary.