Why not create a BUZZ about reading this year on World Book Day and use ‘Bee-&-Me,’ by Alison Jay as a whole-school book? Everyone can dress as bees too!
- ‘Bee-&-Me’ is a wordless book, yet every page is a stimulus for a wealth of discussion
- A bee flies in the window and a little girl is frightened. She traps the bee and then wonders what to do…
- Below are some activities that you could try with different year groups
Sample pages and Reading and Writing Opportunities
This is the perfect book to use with children from EYFS to Y6 as they can create the text to match the pictures. After sharing the text as a whole class (visualizer would be great), children can read this text in pairs or independently adding as much or little detail to the text. Age-appropriate vocabulary word mats could be provided to support and challenge children when ‘reading’ the pictures.
- Progression in writing:
- Children could write the text to match pictures on post-its and stick them on the correct picture
- Enlarge the pages and give children sentence strips to match each picture
- Bee shaped speech bubbles to stick on each page to record direct speech
- Y1 children need to be able to correctly demarcate a series of sentences so this sample spread is perfect for providing the content for children in year 1 to write simple sentences. wordless books remove the difficulty of content leaving the children to focus on the composition of the sentences and the technicalities.
- Y2 children can complete similar activity – using the series of pictures to create sentences to match. They should be able to use noun phrases, subordinating conjunctions, co-ordinating conjunctions and perhaps contractions.
- Y3 are introduced to paragraphing and dialogue so the sample page could initiate an understanding of a paragraph with some dialogue. This could be further explored and developed in year 4 where dialogue can be embedded. UKS2 children could focus more on integrating dialogue after describing characters and setting.
Suggested writing activities:
- Character descriptions – young girl / bee
- Changing the ending of the story
- Writing a sequel
- Describing another adventure with the bee
- Diary writing – writing entries at various points in the story (from perspective of girl and/or bee)
- Letter writing – thank you letter from the girl and/or bee
- Instructions: how to look after a bee, how to make bee medicine
- Survival guide: how to survive a week with a human (from the bee’s perspective
- Comic strips – use some of Marcia Williams’ comic strip books as an example of how to create a comic strip to recount this story
- If Bee-&-Me was a film, what would the main song be? Writing song lyrics to reflect what happens in the plot.
- Non-chronological report about bees
- Award ceremony – what awards might we give to bees? Be creative with categories
- Advert: create an advert – using any media to advertise a new honey
- Creative and imaginative: writing in role as pollen
- Record breaking texts – research some records related to bees and create a Guinness book of records style page
- Design a bee hive and explain how it works and persuade us to buy it
- Explanation text – why we need bees, how bees make honey
- Persuasive text – charity appeal to save the bees
- Speech – bees have rights (perspective of a bee)
- Broadcast – recount of the event – human sized bee invades neighbourhood (could also be written in the form of a newspaper)
- Playscript – conversation between the bee and the girl
- Interview – with chosen newspaper/ magazine between the girl and journalist (vary the form depending on which newspaper or magazine
- Bird’s eye view as a commentary – description of the adventure on the bee’s back
- The bee’s Twitter feed – summarising the main points of the story at various stages
- Poetry – playing with words ‘Bee Mine’ etc…
- Biography – of the bee – focus on the life cycle
Other curriculum areas:
- Art/DT: the bee travels around your local area, what sights would he/she see? (sketch/ collage local landmarks) Making clay or modroc bees. Using various media to print bee designs – possibly make bee t-shirts etc… Observational art – drawing bee’s body,
- History: Manchester Worker Bee – research the significance. Use Tony Walsh’s poem to support the history of Manchester.
- Gardening: use the section at the back of the book to lead some gardening sessions and creating a bee-friendly area
- Dance: use non-fiction texts to inspire children to create a ‘waggle dance’
Top-up with this text, which can support some of the writing activities suggested above:
This amazing non-fiction book includes a wealth of information spanning many different topics related to bees including:
- Bees with different jobs to do
- The Waggle Dance
- Fruit and vegetables that need bees to grow
- The Daily Buzz- newspapers related to bees
- Beekeepers at work and Types of Beehives
- Bee Stings
Other bee related books
Enjoy buzzing with these books, Maddy Barnes @moonmaddy