Monday, 06 December 2021

Nursery children buzzing at beekeeper visit

Nursery children buzzing at beekeeper visit

CHILDREN in the nursery at St Mary’s School in Henley enjoyed a visit from a beekeeper for World Bee Day. 

Jemima Hume-Humphreys, of Henley Honey, went to the independent school in St Andrew’s Road with a hive to teach the boys and girls about how they care for bees and how the insects make honey. 

The children were given the opportunity to dress like a beekeeper, hold the smoker used when collecting honey and to take out the frames.

Mrs Hume-Humphreys, who has been a beekeeper for more than 15 years, said the children had a lovely time.

She said: “They messed around with the hive parts and I showed them where the honey goes in the frame. 

“I hope they enjoyed it and they now know the difference between a wasp and a bee.  I have visited schools before and sometimes I take live bees in an observation hive so I may take some live bees there at a later date.”

Kate Catlin, manager of the nursery, said: “We know that our children really benefit from the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning.  They love the chance to pick things up and examine them and they always ask really great questions. These kinds of sensory sessions really bring their learning to life.”

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