March 10, 2023

Broom Bees Produce Honey!

We are thrilled to announce that Broom Leys Primary School has successfully produced our very own batch of honey from our own beehives! This is an incredible achievement that was made possible by the hard work and dedication of our pupils, who were in Year 3 when the project began back in the spring of 2022. 

During the workshops, our pupils learned about the life cycle of bees and how they make honey. They then went on to build their own frames and hives under the guidance of David, The Bee Farmer. In May, three colonies of bees were brought in to populate the hives, and the children had their first opportunity to wear bee suits and transfer the frames of bees into the hives. 

Throughout the summer term, all of the children had the opportunity to visit the hives and observe the bees at work as they built up stores of honey. As summer came to a close and the students moved into Year 4, it was time to extract the honey from the frames. This was a delicate process that required the removal of wax caps from each cell before the frames could be placed in an extractor and spun to collect the honey. All of this was done in a hygienic environment, with everyone wearing hair nets. 

Finally, after months of hard work, the honey was placed into jars and labelled as Broom Bees Honey, proudly produced in Coalville. This project was a fantastic learning experience for our pupils, who gained a greater understanding of the importance of bees in our ecosystem and the hard work that goes into producing honey. 

We are thrilled to have achieved this milestone and are excited to continue this project in the years to come. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this wonderful achievement at Broom Leys Primary School!