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Homeschool Garden Club - What was feeding our Bees last half term? (Weeks 8 to 16) 2023

This is week 16 of our academic year, and here is what we found in our Orchard Training Homeschool Garden that is in flower and feeding the bees and pollinators.

The weather was so awful last half term we had to cancel so many Orchard Training Garden Club activities out in the garden due to stormy weather that we have not kept up with our survey of flowering plants keeping pollinators and bees feed. Yesterday, the forecast was dry and yet we were forced inside due to snow!

Normally, I would have sent one of homeschool gardeners - around the garden, to capture the flowers that the bees and pollinators are visiting, during week. They would have chosen to take the photographs, it has been down to me to do it over the last few weeks, to pop out and snap a photograph when it was not raining. Can you identify the plants from you work in the garden and homework packs?

This week's photographer stood very still to capture some bees whilst they were visiting can you spot them?

For the most of December the only plant in flower has been the last white one - Fatsia Japonica.

We are using this pictorial evidence to be inclusive, not everyone taking part in the survey can write, very well at the moment, and some have not learnt all about graphs nor the name of the plants, as yet. Once we know what we have, we are going to gather the information together in to charts and graphs and see where we have gaps in the garden over the course of the year. We will be using both our mathematical knowledge and IT skills to make the records present the data. I am looking forward to finding out the results.


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