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Primary Pupils to Explore Role of Bees at University of Worcester Event

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Dozens of primary schoolchildren will spend a day exploring the role of bees and their importance to the planet during a special event at the University of Worcester next week.

National Pollen and Aerobiology Research UnitThe educational project, taking place on Tuesday, May 21st, will use a combination of storytelling, drama, games and science activities to investigate bees, their daily lives, and why they are so important to us.

The event, titled ‘The Secret(ish) Life of Bees’, is part of the University’s annual Beeline Festival of Storytelling for Children, which stages a programme of activities each year in October. Last year’s Festival included visits from popular authors such as Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen.

The Secret(ish) Life of Bees is the University’s first joint science and art initiative aimed at primary-aged children, with input from several university departments including the National Aerobiology and Pollen Research Unit (NPARU), who are the UK’s leading specialists in the field of pollen and air-borne allergens.

Steve Boffy, Arts Co-ordinator at the University of Worcester, said: “The Secret(ish) Life of Bees event will see resident university scientists giving presentations about how bees work and the amazing things they can do. Our professional storyteller, Sally Tonge, will share stories, myths and legends from around the world about bees. We will also use drama and games to find out more about this incredible animal. It’s a great day for the children and a really fun and active way for them to learn.”

The Beeline Festival sees events hosted throughout the year to encourage children to use stories and creative activities to learn more about the world.

If you would like to find out more about the Beeline Festival visit www.worc.ac.uk/discover/beeline-storytelling-festival