19 May 2012

Pollination and Flower workshop

This workshop teaches about pollination and pollinators. Catriona explained the parts of a plant, then showed the class how to dissect and identify them. Tulips were handed out and taken apart with great care and skill, before being drawn and labelled.

The pollination and the role insects play was discussed, and bee anatomy explained, as well as the role of mason bees, and how to make a mason bee house.
The class took away a greater understanding of how a flower makes a seed, and an appreciation of bees. One grade 1 student who was afraid of bees before this workshop now approaches them to study and point out their body parts, in particular the pollen basket on their legs. She told her mother that you mustn’t kill bees, because they are important and help make our food.