Curriculum Links
KS1; Geography; Around the world, People, Food.

Learning Objective
To learn where some different food types come from. To read about the difference Fairtrade makes to people around the world.

Learning Outcome
Children have read a text and completed a matching up activity based on the Fairtrade countries, commodities and producers.

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Split the children into five groups/tables. On each table have a sign with one of five Fairtrade commodity names (Fairtrade sugar, rice, honey, quinoa, raisins) or you may wish to have the actual product or some packaging. Put the Fairtrade Around the World map on the board/projector.

Does everybody know what their food is? (You may need to elaborate on raisins (dried grapes) and quinoa (quinoa is a cereal or grain. It can be eaten on its own and is a bit like couscous or it is often used as an ingredient to make pasta).

Do the children think these foods can be grown here in the UK? Some of them can be, for example honey and grapes, but the majority of each of these foods come from other countries and these countries are often very poor.

Explain to the children that this is a “Fairtrade” map of the world. Do the children know what Fairtrade means? Explain that Fairtrade makes sure that the people who live in poor countries and grow the foods we like to eat are treated fairly. Explain that the map shows some of the countries where the Fairtrade foods on their tables come from and some of the people who grow those foods.

Would the children like to meet some of the farmers who grow the foods on their table? Use the PowerPoint and the map. Ask one child from each group to read out the relevant quotes.

Main Activity
Using the map on the board, ask the children to read and complete the worksheet. The worksheet is in editable format for differentiation purposes. For middle achievers some of the words in the middle column could be removed to be filled back in and for higher achievers perhaps all words could be removed with just the pictures as prompts.


Give the children a picture of the Fairtrade Mark to colour in and take home so that their parents know to look for it on foods like the ones they have learned about today. Stress that this will help the people who they have met today.

Extension activity
"Red Hot Challenge!" If some children finish early, ask them to imagine they are one of the producers. Ask them to draw and label a picture to show what they would do with the extra money earned from Fairtrade.

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