Thursday, 30 May 2013
A group of primary schoolchildren spent a day ‘buzzing’ around the University of Worcester, exploring the important role of bees.
Through a combination of storytelling, drama, treasure hunting and science activities, 58 pupils from Leigh & Bransford Primary School and Powick Primary School investigated bees, their daily lives, and why they are so important to us.
The event, titled ‘The Secret(ish) Life of Bees’, was 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 educational project was 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: “It was a great day for the children, who absolutely enjoyed the different activities that we prepared for them. The Secret(ish) Life of Bees event turned out to be a very successful combination of interactive scientific presentations, by some of the University’s academics, plus a host of creative and dynamic drama activities and games. Our professional storyteller, Sally Tonge, shared stories, myths and legends from around the world about bees.”
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