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Honey and Blueberries 10 – Fair Opportunities – English

In this lesson the class writes letters to show they understand the differences that Fairtrade makes to children’s lives.

Curriculum Links: KS2 English, Art and design, ICT
Learning Objective: To write a letter,
Learning Outcome: Children have written letters to recognise the differences made in children’s lives by Fairtrade.

Resources Needed: Apicoop producer stories.
Starter: Distribute copies of one Apicoop producer story to pairs of pupils. Pupils read their story, note down the different opportunities Fairtrade has provided for the producers and their families and feedback to the class.
E .g. Training opportunities, new equipment, jobs (general), expanded their blueberry business, helped with providing a future for children (Juan and Marina); driving lessons for their son (Guido and Sonia) etc.

Main Activity: In pairs pupils think of ideas of how Fairtrade has benefited the producers’ children.
E.g. Work opportunities which mean that they don’t have to move away from home, more secure lives because parents have a secure income, access to training, the chance to continue in further education because their parents can afford it.

Class write letters. Discuss features of a letter/what it should look like etc. Then children write letters from the point of view of the children explaining the ways in which they have benefited from Fairtrade. Some groups may want to go on to use ICT skills to create an advert for Fairtrade using the children’s stories.

Plenary: In pairs pupils take it in turns to interview each other for a radio/TV programme about the difference Fairtrade has made to the lives of the children of Apicoop producers.