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Honey and Blueberries 5 – The Honey Connection – Science

In this lesson the class investigates the process of making honey and growing blueberries and how they are linked for Apicoop.

Curriculum Links: KS2 Science, Geography.

Learning Objective: To draw a flowchart to show a process.
Learning Outcome: Children have investigated the process of making honey and growing blueberries and how they are connected. Children have also understood the links between Apicoop producers in Chile and consumers in the UK.

(N.B.This activity has been divided into three parts so it can be delivered over three separate lessons if needs be.)

Resources Needed: How do bees make honey and how do blueberries grow? Diagram; Honey commodity profile; Apicoop Producer Group Profile; Apicoop producer stories.

Starter: Apicoop provides Fairtrade honey and dried blueberries to Traidcraft. They’ve been working with the organisation for over 18 years and are the biggest beekeeping co-operative in Chile with a large membership. Using the Apicoop Producer Group Profile discuss the services that Apicoop provides for its members. How does Fairtrade help the beekeepers?

Main Activity: What does the class know about bees? What do they look like? What do they do?

Part 1
Look at the ‘How do bees make honey?’ diagram with the class and go through the different stages of the process of making honey. Explain that all the bees in the hive have a different job. The worker bee has to go out and get the honey and the house bee stores the honey in honey comb.

Pupils copy the diagram.

Part 2
Explain that bees have an important role to play in the production of blueberries as well. Without bees Apicoop farmers would be unable to grow blueberries at all.

Look at the ‘How do blueberries grow?’ diagram with the class and focus on the role of bees in the germination process. What do they do? What would happen if bees didn’t suck nectar out of the blueberry bushes?

Pupils copy the diagram.

Ask the class to explain the connection between bees and blueberries. How do they help each other? (The blueberries provide nectar for the bees to make honey from and the bees pollinate the blueberry bushes)

Pupils draw a new diagram which illustrates the connections between them.

Part 3
Chino Henriques is the General Manager of Apicoop. Look at how he describes the way in which Apicoop bees and blueberries are connected:

“The bees pollinating the blueberries are also supplying the honey. It’s like a “Fairtrade” eco system!”

Discuss what Chino says with the class. What do they think he means? What is Fairtrade?

Plenary: On the white board draw a picture of a consumer in the UK opposite a Chilean beekeeper. What connections does Fairtrade create between them? How does one side help the other?

Pupils draw a diagram which illustrates the connections between them.

More able groups could go on to explore the reproduction process in flowering plants and draw diagrams identifying the stem, ovules, pistil, stigma, style, sepal and petals or undertake a research project investigating why honey bees are under threat, the possible implications for Apicoop farmers and what we can do about it.