Geography KS1: How honey is made

William Whiskerson meets Sophie and Ben.

They visit a bee farm. William learns all about the different types of bees that live in a beehive including worker bees, drone bees and the queen bee.

He then discovers how bees make honey from plant nectar and store it in honeycombs inside their hive.

Finally he sees how the bee farmer collects and bottles the honey, ready to be sold in the shops.

Aerial shots and general views are combined with maps and graphics to show how honey is collected on a bee farm in Devon.

This clip is from the series William Whiskerson.

Teacher Notes

Ask pupils to find Devon on a map of the UK.

Can they find South Molton, the location of the beehives seen in the clip?

Take a pot of lavender into the classroom, so pupils can drink in the scent as they view the clip.

If it's spring or summer, place the lavender on an outside window sill and ask pupils to photograph any butterflies or bees attracted to it.

Ask: "If you had a bee hive, where would you put it?" Discuss a suitable site in the local area.

The bees need somewhere sheltered, but with plenty of flowers nearby: a park perhaps, or a school garden.

When they're on a shopping trip, the children could check the honey jars to see whether the honey is local or comes from far away.

Back in class, the children will enjoy sampling a little bread and honey, too.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography.

This topic appears in KS1/KS2 in England and Northern Ireland, Knowledge and Understanding of the World Foundation Phase in Wales and Early/1st/2nd levels in Scotland.

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