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KS1: Art and Design: Collage

Learning Objective
To make a collage. To learn more about Fairtrade food and drink.

Learning Outcome
Children will have designed and made a collage of Fairtrade food/drink images. Children will be able to recognise the Fairtrade mark and some Fairtrade products.

Packaging with the Fairtrade Mark on, glue stick, scissors, magazines, newspapers, Traidcraft literature.

Print the attached template and Fairtrade Mark on A3 or A4. You may wish to ask the children to collect and bring in magazines and newspapers from home.

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With the class, brainstorm some different types of ingredients which might go into food and drink e.g. sugar, flour, chocolate, rice, pasta, fruit, vegetables, meat. Write each one on a sticky note and stick it on the board.

Do the children know where these types of food come from? Do we grow/farm them here in the UK?

Explain that many of the foods that we love to eat can’t be grown/farmed in the UK and things like sugar, cocoa, rice and fruit often come from very poor countries, often in parts of Africa, India and South America.

Show the children either the attached image of the Fairtrade Mark or pass round some packaging which displays it. How many children have seen the Fairtrade Mark? Does anyone know what it means? Explain that when the Fairtrade Mark is on food or drink packets this makes sure that the people in poor countries who grow the things we like to eat have been treated fairly. Can anyone name any foods or drinks which have the Fairtrade Mark on?* You may want to go back and put a tick next to any of the foods you initially had on the sticky notes for the children to use as reference.

Main activity
Split the children into groups giving each group one letter from the “Fairtrade” template attached. There are 9 letters so you may want to have groups of 3 or 4 depending on class size. Using magazines, newspapers and Traidcraft catalogues ask the children to fill their letter with a collage of food and drink images which they think might be available as Fairtrade. You may want to use this as a display somewhere in the school.

At the end of the lesson ask one member of each group to come up to the board and draw one of the Fairtrade food or drink items which they have included in their collage. The rest of the class must guess which item it is. Finish by encouraging the children to look for the Fairtrade Mark on food and drink products.

*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.

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