Over the last two weeks at school, we have been looking at Fairtrade and how it affects others. This links to the 17 Global Goals that we look at throughout the year at school.
Do you know what Fairtrade is? Do you buy any Fairtrade products?
We started off by looking at the symbol in the classroom and tried to remember if we had seen it on any products that we use at home or at school.
Have you seen this symbol before?
Then we looked at what Fairtrade actually means.
Trade between companies in developed countries and producers in developing countries in which fair prices are paid to the producers.
We learnt that farmers who produce food in other countries such as Africa for us to eat across the world is given a fair price for the ropes that they grow. Some farmers struggle to feed their families, buy medicine for their families when they are ill or can’t even send their children to school.
This made us feel very sad that everyone doesn’t have the same opportunities as we do and aren’t as lucky as we are.
We wanted to help support the farmers that produce Fairtrade products so we used the iPads to research what products we could buy that were Fairtrade.
These were tea, coffee, cotton, coconuts, fruit like bananas and oranges, sugar and chocolate. Next you go shopping – see if you can spot the Fairtrade symbol on any of the products you buy.
As a special treat, Miss Varley threw us a Fairtrade Tea Party and it was brilliant! We drank Fairtrade tea and ate Fairtrade chocolate biscuits, Fairtrade dried pineapple and dried mango and Fairtrade bananas.
We are learning all about Safety at school this week. To help us to kick off this topic, we had a trip to the fire station on Birley Moor Road. We have been learning about firefighters as part of our Great Fire of London topic as well.
We took the tram from school and it was so exciting. We were thinking about all of the things that we might see at the fire station or the questions we could ask.
When we arrived, we met Nic who had been a fire-fighter for 10 years. She asked us if we knew what a fire-fighter did. We found out that a fire-fighter didn’t just put out fires.
Did you know that firefighters:
- Put fires out
- Rescue animals if they are stuck
- Help if people have been involved in road accidents
- Put smoke alarms into people’s homes
- Rescue people if they are drowning or are stuck in water
- Help out in emergencies
Nic then showed us some of the equipment that she uses and needs to wear if she gets called out to an emergency.
After that, Nic and her team took us on a tour around the fire station. We saw lots of fire engines and all of the tools that fire-fighters might need to use. Jim showed us where the emergency call comes through. Some of the tools that the fire-fighters have to use are really heavy – you need to be strong if you want to be a fire-fighter.
Just before it was time to go back to school, we got a special treat. We were allowed to use the fire hose and squirt water, imagining that we were real-life fire-fighters putting out a fire.
We had the best fun!
Thank you to everyone at Birley Moor Fire Station for making your visit amazing! Thank you to all of our parents and helpers who came with us on the trip too! Without your help, we wouldn’t have been able to go.
This half term, we have been learning how to play football with Ash from Sheffield United Community Foundation. As an extra special treat, Ash came into the classroom to help us with our learning.
We looked at the values that footballers need to have on and off the pitch and how this can help us with our learning in and out of the classroom.
This values are:
We thought about what it meant to play the right way, what it means to be respectful and what qualities we would need to be a team player and/or a captain of a team. We learnt that we can’t always win but more importantly, how to react if this happens.
Thank you Ash, we had a wonderful morning and we will make sure that we are using this values when we are in the classroom.
In Pearl class, we have been learning about Fairtrade. This is something that everyone in school has been looking at and links to the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development as set out by the United Nations.
First we looked at what Fairtrade actually is:
- Trade that is fair
- People and countries sell things to each other and farmers sell the crops that they grow.
- Soemtimes trade isn’t always fair. Big companies and rich countries buy a lot of crops from poor countries but they don’t always want ot pay a fair price for the goods.
- Fairtrade buyers want to make things better for farmers and they agree to pay farmers a fair price for their crops.
Then we looked asked, how does Fairtrade work?
- Fairtrade farmers know that they will get a good price for their goods.
- These farmers can make plans for their farms, spending money to make them better and safer.
- These farmers must also agree to pay their workers a fair price.
- Fairtrade buyers pay extra money too, called a premium. This money could then be spent on building a new school, health centre or bridge over a river.
We know when goods are Fairtrade when…
If you see this symbol on products, then you know that it is Fairtrade.
Can you find this mark on anything in your house?
Where do Fairtrade products come from?
- Fairtrade products come from countries all over the world.
- Bananas are grown in tropical regions.
- Cocoa to make chocolate with comes from countries such as the Ivory Coast in Africa.
- Tea and coffee also comes from hot places.
- Fairtrade flowers grow well in Kneya’s sunny climate.
- Mines in South America supply glittering Fairtrade gold.
Pearl class decided that they wanted to finish the work that they had been completing on Fairtrade, by having a Fairtrade Tea Party. They decided what they wanted at the tea party and then sent Miss Varley on a little shopping trip. Here is what she was able to get.
It was so lovely to complete our learning on Fairtrade with a chance to all sit down together and eat and drink some delicious foods. Cheers!