Curriculum Links: KS1
Making choices and making lists.

Learning Objective
To enable pupils to realise they have the power to make certain choices.

Learning Outcome
Children have researched items which are available as Fairtrade using a computer or using Traidcraft literature. Children have drawn a picture of one item they will now buy as Fairtrade.

IT suite or Traidcraft leaflets and literature for research. This can be ordered for free by emailing

Write the word “choices” in large letters in the middle of the board. What do the children understand by the word? Explain that we all have the freedom to make some choices in our everyday lives and this applies to children too. The choices we make, however small, can often have a big effect on the world, sometimes good and sometimes bad. This means that it is important to think carefully about the choices we make and the potential they have.

Brainstorm some choices pupils may make in their everyday lives e.g. go out and play or watch television, what to wear, eat chocolate or eat fruit. Who might these choices be important to? (e.g. choosing to play out/eat fruit may be better for health, choosing to turn TV off rather than leave on standby may be better for environment etc).

Direct the discussion towards food. All pupils will have some choice over what they eat, whether it’s what they spend their pocket money on at the shop or helping their parents choose food at the supermarket. Who might their food choices have an effect on?

Do any of the pupils choose to buy food or drink with the Fairtrade Mark on (show image)? If so, ask the pupils to explain what they think this means. When we see the Fairtrade Mark on a food or drink item, it means that the people who have been involved in making it have been treated fairly. Unfortunately the people who grow and make the foods we love to eat are not always treated fairly by the companies who buy from them and Fairtrade ensures that they are. Ask the children if they now feel it is important to choose Fairtrade food and drinks. If some of the children say their parents choose their food and drink, suggest that they could ask their mums and dads to look for the Fairtrade Mark too.

Main Activity
In pairs, ask the children to make a short list of their favourite food and drinks. Ask the children to move to a computer and either write the following URL on the board or give each pair a little piece of paper with the URL so they can type it in:

Ask the children to type the foods from the list they have just made into the product search to see if they are available as Fairtrade and to put a tick on their list if they are.

If the children struggle to name Fairtrade foods, many common food/drink items are now available as Fairtrade. Meat, dairy and home grown vegetables are the main exceptions. If a composite product contains a certain percentage of Fairtrade ingredients then it can also be marked as Fairtrade, for example Fairtrade strawberries and Fairtrade sugar could make a Fairtrade jam. Please see below for a list of Fairtrade commodities:

Fruit - dried and fresh (incl. fruit juices): raisins, apricots,apples, avacodos, blueberries, bananas, citrus, clementines, coconut, grapefruits, grapes, imes, lemons, lychees, mandarins, melons, oranges, pears, pineapples, plums, satsumas, mangos, dates and sultanas.

Nuts and beans: brazil nuts, cashew nuts, almonds, peanuts, walnuts,

Cocoa beans (chocolate – milk, white, dark) and coffee beans.

Vegetables: Green beans and peas

Other: tea, sugar and all products made of sugar, crisped rice, yoghurt coating, honey, candied ginger.

Ask the children to draw a poster of one food or drink item which they will now choose buy as Fairtrade.

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