Global Learning Programme Wales

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018


Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 (26 February to 11 March) aims to help people to understand the principles of fair trade. The values promoted by Fairtrade are those of sustainability, interdependence and fairer, more equal trading conditions for producers. This year, Fairtrade Fortnight’s focuses on supporting the farmers and workers who grow our food.  How can we produce and consume goods in a fairer, more ethical and sustainable way?

The Global Learning Programme Wales has produced this resource based on work by the Development Education Centre South Yorkshire (DECSY) for GLP. It is designed to support teachers wishing to develop their pupils’ knowledge of interdependence, global trade and fair trade, while offering opportunities to consider the concepts of fairness, rights, sustainability and how individuals can make a difference. It includes:

Learning objectives

This resource is targeted particularly at Foundation Phase and Key Stages 2 and 3, with some opportunities for older pupils. It will particularly support teachers in developing:


History of cocoa activity

Learning about trade and fair trade: opportunities and outcomes

The outcomes in this grid were produced by teachers working with the Development Education Centre South Yorkshire (DECSY) as a series of 'I can', ‘I know’ and ‘I understand’ statements to help children to make sense of the concepts involved in fair trade, including concepts of fairness, rights and how individuals can make a difference.  These statements build in progression in expectations from Foundation Phase to Key Stage 3, linked to the GLP-W framework for progression, and to a range of resources to support teaching about Fair Trade, including developing critical thinking about the idea.

Resources focused on trade and fair trade in Welsh and English


Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2

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Key Stage 3




Fairtrade Foundation







Activities and lesson plans available from Fairtrade Wales

Foundation Phase to Key Stage 2

 Key Stage 2

Key Stage 3


Other resources

Amnesty International


Tradecraft schools

Resources focused on trade and fair trade in English

Foundation Phase

Pablo the Super-Banana, Fairtrade Foundation

Pablo the Super-Banana is on a mission to help younger pupils to find out how bananas are grown and how they end up in our shops. Watch the film or download the story cards on this page to talk to your pupils about bananas and farming.

The world came to my place today, J. Readman and L. Honor Roberts, Eden Project, 2002

A storybook that shows how most everyday household items come from around the world; it includes maps. For a review see

Key Stage 2

Fairtrade fortnight quiz, Fairtrade Foundation:

The consumer power game, Fairtrade Foundation

A numeracy game developing graph skills

Patrick’s Virtual Visit, Fairtrade Foundation:

Bring a Kenyan tea producer into your classroom

Primary school assembly, Fairtrade Foundation

The script for a role-play assembly for Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

Fairtrade Breaks lesson kit, Fairtrade Foundation

A set of activities for primary schools created with schools' caterer Chartwells for Fairtrade Fortnight:

My Fairtrade Adventure, Fairtrade Foundation

The resource follows Tayna, a 13 year old pupil from London, as she visits cocoa farmers of Conacado, a Fairtrade co-operative in the Dominican Republic, to learn what trade is, where the ingredients in her chocolate bar come from and why Fairtrade is needed.

Tea in Malawi: What happens when you choose fair trade? Fairtrade Foundation

This lesson enables pupils to find out how tea is grown and processed, then with this as background they work together to make decisions about how they would choose to spend Fairtrade Premium money.

Unpacking the supermarket bag, Making a meal of it, Oxfam

These activities help pupils to understand the importance of food in our lives, and answer questions like: Where does our food come from? Why are people hungry? What can we do to help? The resource includes a photo gallery, activities on fair trade, explanations of terms such as hunger and starvation, and supporting materials for teachers.

Find your way through trade, Oxfam

Starting with everyday items from the supermarket, the lessons explore where items actually come from and how they reach us. Drawing out links between raw materials and finished items this resource gets learners thinking about the global supply chain, trade rules and who benefits from them.                                

Key Stages 2-3

The negotiating game, Fairtrade Foundation

Role-play tea farmers negotiating with supermarket buyers:

Fairtrade food and drink picture quiz, Fairtrade Foundation

A quick quiz about what our favourite foods and drinks look like while they are growing:

Fairtrade Footballs Slideshow, Fairtrade Foundation

A slideshow about the journey of a Fairtrade football from Pakistan, to kick off discussions about how our footballs are made

Ready to say goodbye to chocolate? Fairtrade Foundation

Pupils find out and learn how chocolate may be under threat and what might be done about it, using this video to start discussion and raise pupils’ awareness of the issue of cocoa farmers’ wages.

Leandro and the Mysterious Case of the Disappearing and Reappearing River, Fairtrade Foundation (KS3)

This geography lesson focuses on tea, and builds learners’ understanding of hydrology, climate change, and of how human and physical processes interact to influence environments and the climate in Kenya Through a focus on sustainable food production, they will also be able to reflect on the effective functioning of natural systems for our food and livelihoods.

Tea production in Kenya, DECSY

This resource is a PowerPoint photo sequence looking at the different stages of tea production and is designed as an introduction for understanding who gets what when you buy a packet of tea.

The clothes line, Oxfam

This series of lesson plans and photo story includes an exploration of the journey of cotton from the field to the shops; a quiz about India; and a class survey about the origins of the pupils' own clothes. There is a supporting information sheet on cotton, trade and fair trade.

Pa pa paa, Comic Relief

This website provides resources to teach about Fairtrade and chocolate, a film and photo sequence explaining the cocoa journey from bean to bar, and webcasts made by the children of cocoa farmers; a school subscription is needed for some resources. 

How did trade get global? Royal Geographical Society

This lesson explores how and why trade has become global. Pupils learn that through time, trade has become increasingly global and discover the reasons for this. This activity provides background information about trade before pupils can understand the principles of fair trade.

Global trade – Investigating fair trade, Royal Geographical Society

This lesson plan helps investigate the fair trade approach to global trade. Pupils learn about the positive impact that people buying fair trade  products has on communities of farmers and manufacturers in less developed countries, for example through better working conditions and a fair working wage.

The chocolate trade game, Christian Aid

Help pupils trace the journey of the cocoa bean from tree to chocolate bar, and discover the difficulties workers in the chocolate trade face. This game also highlights the positive part that trade can play in communities that are developing their economies.

Trading trainers game, CAFOD

The game is set in an imaginary Latin American shanty town, where small family businesses are making training shoes to sell to the local market. Their aim is to make ends meet. However the country itself is in economic crisis and inflation is rocketing. How will they survive?

Wake up and smell the coffee, CAFOD

Pupils take part in a role-play in which they promote fair trade products, involving a farmer, a producer, a pitcher, a panel of ethical investors and a CAFOD campaigner.

The paper bag game, Christian Aid

This interactive game gives an insight into what life is like for poor people trying to earn a living, challenging pupils to find out if they could survive on the streets of Kolkata.

Key Stages 3-4

Fairtrade fortnight quiz, Fairtrade Foundation:

Fairtrade Breaks lesson kit, Fairtrade Foundation

A set of activities for secondary schools created with schools' caterer Chartwells for Fairtrade Fortnight 2017:

The trading game, Christian Aid

This game helps to show how trade affects the prosperity of a country – both positively and negatively. It introduces trade issues with a simple outline of some very complex relationships, including the gaps between rich and poor nations.

My learning

This resource is divided into two sections and focuses on the subject of fair trade linked to the history of the Atlantic slave trade:

From slave trade to fair trade: 18th century Global Citizens examines the sugar boycott that was encouraged by Slavery Abolitionists, urging the general public to stop buying sugar produced by slaves in the West Indies.

From slave trade to fair trade: 21st century Global Citizens looks at the products of slavery in modern society and introduces the fair trade system of producing food and goods.

Resources focused on rights and fairness

Foundation Phase

First steps to rights, P. Hand, Unicef UK

Introducing young children to their rights, this pack contains an 80-page book of activities on families, homes, water, food, diversity and other themes, and includes 15 x A3 colour photos with a global perspective. It is available to order on the Unicef UK website:

‘Rights, wants and needs’ activity kit, Unicef Canada

This activity kit provides cards that can be classified as ‘needs’ or ‘wants’, and enables pupils to make the difference between the two concepts.

Key Stages 2-3

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Unicef poster in child-friendly language.

Rights and responsibilities in the classroom: our world, our rights, Amnesty International

The aim of this resource is to encourage children to think about both rights and responsibilities in the classroom, and identify behaviour that respects and disrespects human rights.

Right here, right now, Amnesty International

This resource is for teachers who want to explore with their pupils the role of human rights and demonstrate a human rights approach in their work.                                             

Key Stages 3-4

Timber deforestation role play, DECSY

This resource is a role playing exercise that considers the human dimension of deforestation, from the perspectives of different groups of people with an interest in the felling of trees. The game allows the exploration of ‘globalisation’ and ‘sustainability’ themes, and encourages ethical debate. Visit to register for an account, then log in and search for 'Timber'.

Get Global, Oxfam

Get Global is a teachers' guide on how to facilitate active global citizenship. It allows pupils to move from thinking about issues that are only important to them, to planning and participating in action, to reflect on their performance and assess their work:



Further resources and reading

Support from the GLP-W

Support from Hwb

Key Stage 2 Superschemes – Global Connections: Investigating World Trade, GA

This Geographical Association resource includes a unit plan, sample lesson plans and resources for teaching about trade, fair trade and globalisation. You can order it from the GA website

Additional information for teachers


Resource written for the Global Learning Programme Wales by the Geographical Association with DECSY.