Fairtrade Fortnight

TES has teamed up with partners Traidcraft and Fairtrade Foundation to raise awareness of global trading, Fairtrade farming and how pupils can make a difference over Fairtrade Fortnight (25 Feb - 10 March). Traidcraft’s dedicated school resources include fair trade-themed cross curricular lesson plans. While the Fairtrade Foundation encourages your pupils to consider how the choices they make in daily life can impact on the world and other people.


How Fairtrade changed history - KS3

  • Explore how Fairtrade has made a difference to the lives of workers across the world through this lesson plan and case studies for History.

Thought tree - KS2

  • Create a Fairtrade tree in Citizenship to explain the importance of Fairtrading.

Fairtrade mascot - KS3

  • Design a class Fairtrade fortnight mascot to promote this year’s cause, a worthy art project.

Questions of justice - KS2/3

  • Is Fairtrade an instrument of justice? Have students debate this with these stimuli.

Fairtrade Superheroes

  • Create a Fairtrade superhero to help explain the challenges of Fairtrading.

Resources from the Fairtrade Foundation:

Investigating cotton - ages 5+

  • A set of curriculum resources from the Fairtrade Foundation for geography, investigating where cotton grows around the world, the journey of cotton from plant to shop and examining the concept of interdependence.

Cotton: from seed to garment

  • Resources for learning about cotton, trade and Fairtrade.

Cotton trading plan - ages 11+

  • A set of curriculum resources for geography and citizenship investigating the interdependence of the cotton trade, life for cotton farmers in Mali and the difference that Fairtrade can make.

Investigating cotton - ages 11+

  • A set of curriculum resources investigating where cotton grows around the world, the journey of cotton from plant to shop and examining the concept of interdependence.

Fairtrade cotton resources

  • Posters, displays and videos explaining the basics of Fairtrade.

India cotton farmers

  • Photos of cotton farmers in India to bring Fairtrade lessons to life.

More resources on TES:

Blood diamonds - KS4

  • What really is fair trade? Decisions and discussions on diamonds for Year 9 students.

Banana split - KS3

  • A bonanza of banana-trade activities, getting to the root of unfairness.

The full Fairtrade story - KS3

  • Market the message and make a difference with this nine-lesson Fairtrade exploration.

Googling Ghana - KS3

  • Use Google Earth to explore the countries where Fairtrade is starting to have an impact in this geography lesson.

Chomping chocolate - KS3/4

  • Follow the journey of the cocoa bean from tree to chocolate bar.

Muddling over a mug of coffee - KS3

  • Quiz your students: they may drink coffee, but do they know where it comes from or who makes it?

Banelino and Asobanu’s bananas - KS3/4

  • Follow the story of Banelino and Asobanu, two Fairtrade banana producers.

Harvest assembly: sweet and sour

  • Lesson plans, worksheets and an assembly on food and land rights.

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