Fairtrade Fortnight resources

Nicola Davison
12th February 2018
Fairtrade label on a banana, representing Fairtrade Fortnight and ways for EYFS, primary and secondary students to investigate it

Assembly ideas and lesson suggestions to help to raise awareness of the Fairtrade movement

Fairtrade Fortnight, which takes place from 26 February to 11 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 investigate how better pricing, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade can make a big difference to farmers around the world. So, why not get involved?

EYFS 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.

 

Fairtrade Fortnight Powerpoint

This is a very simple powerpoint. The idea is for slide 2 to give out chocolate unfairly. It is very simple, so children could make up another slide and add it if this were to be developed in other lessons for example. By the way there are 3000 fairtrade products now.(Question asked in slide)
By lisgarten

PABLO THE SUPER BANANA

INTRODUCING PABLO THE SUPER BANANA!

Pablo the Super Banana is on a mission to help younger learners find out how bananas are grown and how they end up in our shops.

Pablo the Super Banana supports Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 learning goals around communication and language, understanding the world, literacy and art.

Use Pablo's story to talk to children about bananas and farming, and follow the Fairtrade Schools Alternative Learner Audit which will enable settings of children aged 3-7 years, or SEN learners to complete the audit which is a requirement for the Fairtrade School Awards. Children can colour and create their own trolley and fill it with their favourite things, from flowers to fruit, and even create their own superhero banana using the cartoon eyes!

This pack was researched and tested with a variety of SEN, nursery and preschool settings and includes tips for adaptation in SEN settings.

If your nursery, pre-school, infant school or SEN setting would like to become a Fairtrade School, why not get a printed pack at http://schools.fairtrade.org.uk/resource/pablo-the-super-banana/?
By Fairtrade Foundation

Hidden Image Activity: Introduction to Fairtrade

I used this to introduce the children to poverty and how Fairtrade aims to give the workers a fair deal to be able to provide for themselves and their families. Print a Talking Team worksheet for each pupil, pair or trio. Pupils work in groups and discuss the questions on the sheet. Regroup pupils, listen to their thoughts and ideas on picture 1 and then reveal the true image on the PowerPoint slide. Pupils examine the image quietly for 30 seconds and then share their thoughts. Pupils responded really well to this activity.
By LITTLEMISSPOPPINS

Fairtrade Maths Activity Sheets

I made smoothies with my class as part of fairtrade week. I made these sheets, to take us through the week to get the children to understand how much their smoothies would cost! Hopefully they're useful to someone out there! :o)
By bethyevans

Secondary resources

This interactive student-led assembly pack, including an illustrated presentation, script and video links, explains how buying products that bear the Fairtrade Mark will help some of the poorest communities in the world. 

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

Finally, ask 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.

 

Fairtrade Fortnight Assembly

An assembly for Key Stages 3 and 4 to mark Fairtrade Fortnight, including a short film and a PowerPoint presentation. More films, and more resources like this can be found at www.truetube.co.uk
By TrueTube

Investigating cotton - Ages 11+

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.
By Fairtrade Foundation

Chocolate Trade Game Resources

Trace the journey of the cocoa bean from tree to chocolate bar. And discover along the way the difficulties workers in the chocolate trade face. This game also highlights the positive part that trade can play in communities that are developing their economies.
By ChristianAid

Rice 7 - Let's Go Fairtrade - English

This lesson allows the children to think about how they would help advertise a new Fairtrade shop.
By TraidcraftSchools

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