Fairtrade Fortnight resources
Assembly ideas and lesson suggestions to help to raise awareness of the Fairtrade movement
Fairtrade Fortnight, which takes place from 29 February to 13 March, is the perfect opportunity to encourage students to evaluate their own impact on the world by exploring the origins of their food and the lives of the farmers that grow them.
Use these assemblies, lesson plans and activities to explore the concepts of poverty and fairness and raise awareness about how better pricing, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade can make a big difference to farmers around the world.
Early years and primary resources
Explain the concept of Fairtrade to young learners in a simple way with this introductory assembly presentation, which begins with an activity involving the unfair sharing of a chocolate bar.
For young learners, this Pablo the Super Banana activity pack, including a story, song and game ideas, follows the journey of a banana from farm to supermarket.
This hidden image activity introduces the concept of poverty and is an ideal starting point for a discussion on the importance of Fairtrade workers getting a fair deal. Continue the conversation in maths by using these colourful activity sheets, in which pupils calculate the cost of making a Fairtrade smoothie.
Older learners can find out more about the Fairtrade movement by completing this reading comprehension based on a variety of information texts.
This interactive student-led assembly pack, including a pictorial PowerPoint presentation, script and video links, explains how buying products that bear the Fairtrade Mark will help some of the poorest communities in the world. This message is carried through into this active lesson, which includes opportunities for peer teaching.
Explore the difficulties farmers face and highlight the positive part trade can play in communities with developing economies using this investigative lesson on cotton and this engaging chocolate trade board game.
Encourage students to use the real-life stories of rice farmers to design a poster encouraging locals to buy their rice at Fairtrade shops in this thought-provoking lesson on persuasive writing.
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