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All the buzz! New free lesson plan funded by the Heritage Lottery

26/03/2018   Jenni

All The Buzz is a free lesson plan developed by the SAW Trust in collaboration with bee scientists Professor Andrew Bourke, Tim Huggins and Ryan Brock from the University of East Anglia, designed to encourage and inspire children to explore habitats, the concept of adaptation, the seasons and sustainability, all through considering the plight of the much-loved bumble bee.

This 90min science session is ideally suited to key stage 2 but easily adaptable for upper key stage 1.

As well as science topics, the lesson plan includes aspects of maths, an educational board game and ready to use presentations for the white board, along with background information to aid the teacher.


The lesson plan was developed in schools in the East of England and involved additional literacy and art sessions with children’s animator, Hedley Griffin, who worked with the children to use the scientific content to prepare a short story and art work to create an animated movie entitled “The bee who lost her stripes” to share (see below).


Watching the movie brings a good conclusion to the science session and shows children how literacy and art can be used to encourage people to grow wild flowers and look after bees.  This can make a nice springboard into your own activities where children are tasked to use presentation skills to communicate an important message to varied audiences. 


Click the links to download the PDF lesson plan files:

Bee Lesson Plan and Presentation for the whiteboard    

Activity 1 - To bee or not to bee 

Activity 2 - Colony cycle game - Pictures and captions for colony cycle game

Activity 3 - All the buzz board game  - All the buzz bee cards & counters - All the buzz chance cards

*We recommend printing the board game A3 colour


Special thanks to teachers Tracey Wilson from Ickworth Park Primary School and Helen Pleasants from Tunstead Primary School for hosting the pilot projects.


This project was kindly Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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