Grade 1 “Bee the Change” Project

As part of our “Bee the Change” inquiry project, the Grade 1 students had a memorable field trip visiting the beehives at Ms. Carmelita’s home. They were thrilled to get dressed in real beekeeper suits in order to stay safe around the hives and around the backyard. Ms. Carmelita’s husband, Patrick, opened the bee boxes right in front of the girls and showed us the parts of the hive. We were able to see the worker bees busy making wax, honeycomb and honey! We noticed parts of the hive that contained eggs and larva. We learned that beekeepers use a smoker (with pine cones) to keep the bees calm. Students who were keen were invited to stand right next to the hives to watch the bees flying in with pollen. Some students were able to hold worker bees and drones! We ended the trip with a honey tasting with honey straight out of the hives! It was delicious! We had an incredible time and want to express our sincerest thanks to Ms. Carmelita and Patrick for welcoming the Grade 1s to visit their fascinating beehives. It was truly a life-changing experience. Many of the students have a new love and appreciation for the important work that bees do in pollinating our world’s plants!

Nicole Sobieski
Grade 1 Teacher

Grade 3 STEAM: Environmentally Friendly Homes

This term, Grade 3 students engaged in a STEAM unit, designing environmentally friendly homes with their knowledge of thermal energy, measurement, and First People’s Principles of Learning. In science, students learned how heat moves through radiation, convection, and conduction. They explored insulation and how it can help to create more efficient heating and cooling systems for homes. 

Students also learned how traditional First Nations and Inuit People invented innovative buildings that helped to keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer and how contemporary First Nations architects, like Alfred Waugh, are working to reimagine architecture today. With virtual visits from architect and YHS parent, Dianne Dy, and passive house consultant, Shaun St-Amour, students gained real-world experience to inform their projects. 

Students applied their new knowledge to design and build prototypes of environmentally friendly homes with insulated walls, double pane windows, roof gardens, rainwater collection, and other environmentally friendly aspects. Students tested their models with FLIR thermal imaging cameras which show where the heat is escaping through colour. Finally, students shared their projects with the YHS community and families with an outdoor exhibition! 

Jennifer Sharpe
Junior School STEAM Coordinator