Cool Australia Curriculum; Love Food? Love Bees! for Early Learning, Yr 5/6 and yr 9/10 Australian National curriculum aligned

The Australian Curriculum aligned “Love Food? Love Bees!” integrated units explore the importance of bees and enables students to take real and bee-friendly action in their community. Online educational material and support to bring sustainability and our environment into Australian classrooms, providing teachers with engaging, fun and informative learning activities on a whole range of topics. Worth exploring.

"Love Food? Love Bees!"

As we approach the year 2050 it is estimated that the world’s population will reach 9.7 billion people. Although this seems a long way away, it is within students’ lifetime. Because of this expected population increase we need to be smart about how we use resources today, to make sure they are available in abundance in future years.

Australian Native Bees

Peter Abbott has created this easy to use ID for commonly found native bees in Canberra

Bees Butterflies Birds Maximising Biodiversity by Supporting Pollinators

ACT for Bees and Landcare ACT held this event in 22nd February 2020 after a very intense Summer of widespread fires that destroyed an estimated 10 million hectares (100,000 sq kms) of land, 28 people have died and over a billion animals are estimated to have been killed. The actual loss of insects was not estimated.  Pollinators are critical to maintaining the natural pollination process for seed production and renewal of our landscape and there are disturbing reports from world wide about their loss. 

Bees and Pesticides

“The world’s honey bees have been in steep decline for over a decade, with extraordinary losses in population witnessed across the globe resulting in a 30 percent loss of some honey bee colonies every year. Beekeepers across the U.S. and Europe have reported these mass bee deaths, known as ‘colony collapse’ since 2006 and in the absence of any singular explanation, the disturbing decline was dubbed ‘Colony Collapse Disorder‘ or CCD.Native bee populations have fallen by an estimated 40 to 50 percent globally, according to Hogendoorn and she said that there is every indication the same trend is happening in Australia.

Australian Natural Beekeeping Courses & Resources

There are many ways in which people manage honey bees just as there are many types of bee hives. Most commercial beekeepers use hives that are designed to maximise honey production and for ease of transport over long distances to facilitate the pollination of commercial crops like canola and almonds. Therefore the way bees would go about their lives in the wild are curtailed as beekeepers control many aspects of how the bees live.

Beekeepers Library

Wonderful educational resources for teachers. Have a good look as there’s a feast of ideas, music, stories, activities.

Posters & Planners

Beautiful native bees of Australia by Gina Cranson

Children's Learning

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Bee and Nature Stories For Children

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Great Learning Activities Focused On Bees

Sezza Jai Sykes has created a broad range of activities focussed on language, maths, spatial, body/ kinaesthetic, music / auditory, inter and intra personal and spiritual connections to deepen our connection and appreciation with bees. Have a look at this wonderful resource.