Activity Introduction

Bee on Hand Hero FrameQuick summary: Bees pollinate at least a third of everything we eat and play a vital role in sustaining our ecosystems, therefore they need to be valued and protected. This lesson introduces students to the topic of bees through nature-based mindfulness practices. This mindfulness activity is designed to connect students to their local environment while teaching awareness of posture, breathing, relaxation and concentration. Nature metaphors and references to bees are imbued in these practices as a technique to connect students the themes throughout the Love Food? Love Bees! unit.

This activity has been developed in partnership with   ACT_FOR_BEES_Inline_Ident_CMYK

Essential questions:

  • How can we enhance focus, empathy and happiness through connection with nature?
  • How can we cultivate present moment awareness so that calm, considered and conscious choices can begin to replace impulsive, unconscious reactions?
  • How can we have hands-on contact with the natural world?
  • How do bees fit into our local environment and what relationships do they have with other living things?

21st century skills: 

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Australian Curriculum

Content description: These activities can be used with all subject areas to enable deep focus and engagement with students; however, the following curriculum links directly relate to these activities.

Year 5 & 6 Health and Physical Education

  • Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and well being (ACPPS054)
  • Examine the influence of emotional responses on behaviour and relationships (ACPPS056)
  • Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and well being for individuals and their communities (ACPPS058)
  • Explore how participation in outdoor activities supports personal and community health and well being and creates connections to the natural and built environment (ACPPS059) 

Year 5 Science

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)

Year 6 Science

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)

General capabilities: Personal and Social Capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.

Topic: Sustainability.

Unit of work: Love Food? Love Bees!

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – lead students in mindfulness activities.

Resources required: An outside space for the nature walk. ‘Mindful Colouring – Blue-Banded Bee‘ sheet, some coloured pencils and a clipboard to each student (for the extension activity).

Keywords: mindfulness, nature, focus, attention, well being, health, happiness, bees, food, consumption, biodiversity. 

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

ACT for Bees Hero frame 1Teacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students enhance focus, empathy and happiness through practising nature-based mindfulness practices. Students connect to and become aware of their local environment while focusing on how bees and other living things rely on each other to survive and thrive.

Teacher background information: All living things - including humans - rely on the sun for energy, on plants and animals for food, trees for air, and water for drinking. But when we go about our busy lives, it is easy to take the water, air, plants and animals around us for granted.

The key benefit of mindfulness is developing self awareness, or learning about what’s going on inside. This positively influences student wellbeing, emotional intelligence and resilience. Other benefits include improved concentration, sharpened focusing abilities and simply being calm and still.

By practising mindfulness activities outside, students are provided with limitless, enjoyable opportunities to

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