Three things things that got us started:
1. The volunteer bee keepers trying hard to set up a bee keeping club at school but struggling to make an impact on the curriculum.
2. My plans to plant a hay meadow in my garden and my desire to learn more about Project Based Learning.
3. Mr Moore’s desire to integrate the bee work into the curriculum while developing his teaching and pupils learning and build community partnerships.
Bringing these three things together motivated me to get the meadow started thus creating a real life context in which children could develop their knowledge and understanding of the year four national curriculum. The planting of bee forage then provided a logic for studying bees and integrating it more fully into the curriculum. The work then provided a reason to draw community members and experts in and get the children out into their local community.