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Honey and Blueberries 4 – Honey Problems – Maths

In this lesson the class solves a series of maths problems based on honey.

Curriculum Links: KS2 Maths, Science
Learning Objective: To practice multiplication skills.

Learning Outcome: Children have solved a series of problems using multiplication skills.

Resources Needed: Labelled jars, Apicoop Producer Stories.
Preparation: Collect and label various sized jars with answers on a piece of paper inside.

Starter: If one bee makes half a teaspoon of honey… How many bees do you need to fill a pot of honey?

Jars are placed in different parts of the room. Each jar is labelled to show how many teaspoons it takes to fill it. In groups, pupils travel to each jar and work out how many bees are needed to fill each honey pot, recording their answers in a table as they visit different pots. Answers can be recorded inside each pot for groups to check once they have worked it out.

N.B. Activity can be adapted according to level. Calculating how much honey is used on a crumpet/toast/drink needs less multiplication.

Main Activity: Fairtrade means that producers receive a guaranteed minimum price, regardless of how successful onward sales of the product are in the UK. They also receive a ‘premium’, a small amount per kg of product sold, to spend on community development. Producer groups use it to provide training for their members, water pumps or even to create a vegetable garden. It is very difficult to accurately work out what proportion of the sale of a Fairtrade product has been paid to the producer (because supply chains are complicated and currency exchange rates vary). However, pupils can get an idea of how it works by doing the calculations below.

Ask pupils to work out the following calculations.

1. If one jar of Apicoop honey is sold at £2.00 and Apicoop receive ¼ of the cost, how much do they get?
2. How much money would Apicoop receive if Traidcraft sold:
(a) 100 jars
(b) 1,000 jars
(c) 10,000
(d) 25,000
(e) 50,000
(f) 100,000

(NB these are not official Traidcraft figures. Alternative amounts and fractions should be used depending on the age/level of the class)

Plenary: What do the pupils think Apicoop will do with the money? Elicit some ideas and then read some of the Apicoop producer stories to the class. Were they right?