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Week commencing 11th May



Reading Activity 1

Read a book of your choice and tell someone about what you have read.


Reading Activity 2

Read a book of your choice and tell someone about what you have read.


Reading Activity 3

Read a book of your choice and tell someone about what you have read.


Reading Activity 4

Read a book of your choice and tell someone about what you have read.


Reading Activity 5

Read a book of your and tell someone about what you have read.


Write a book review telling the teacher why he should read the book. Think about:

Why you liked it. What were the exciting parts, the sad parts etc.

What surprised you about the story?

Do you have a favourite character?


Words of the Week

Word 1: achieve

Word 2: communicate

Word 3: disastrous

Word 4: guarantee

Word 5: interfere


Learn how to say it, spell it, its definition and use it in 3 different sentences to show you can use it


English Activity 1

(see activity 5 week commencing 4th May)

English Activity 2

Re-watch the video from last week on Fairtrade footballs and watch the additional video featuring Fairtrade expert Jamie Lloyd (remember to use YouTube responsibly):

Playing Fair: The Story of Fairtrade Footballs

Please be supervised when on Vimeo

Fairtrade Football Story

Please be supervised when on YouTube

Makes note on both videos picking out key facts and figures. Pay special attention to the benefits of fair-trade and how it helps local communities and changes working practices.


English Activity 3

Re-watch the videos again.


This time use/make up believable quotes from the workers, customers and Fairtrade workers about how Fairtrade benefits people’s lives.


Write 4 direct speech quotes and 4 indirect quotes


Look at Activity 1 to remind you what they are. 


Don’t use said! Try words like reported, quoted, alleged.




Direct – Liaqat (a Fairtrade worker) reported, “We are getting a lot of support from the Fairtrade premium.”


Indirect – Liaqat (a Fairtrade worker) stated he was most happy with the education the children were getting.


English Activity 4

Read the following articles on Fairtrade. Look up the definitions of any words you are unfamiliar with. Make a note of any vocab/phrases/facts and figures that you might want to magpie when you come to write your article.


We will be planning/writing/editing our own article next week.


UK falls in love again with Fairtrade bananas and coffee

British public support for ethical label lifts sales of Fairtrade goods for the first time since 2013


By Sarah Butler and Rebecca Smithers


Sales of Fairtrade goods have risen for the first time since 2013 as the increasing popularity of bananas and coffee sold under the ethical label offset falling sales of cocoa and sugar. Revenues from produce overseen by the Fairtrade Foundation body, which guarantees a minimum price to farmers and additional payments for use on social projects such as schools or clean water provision, rose 2% to £1.64bn in the UK last year.


“We are in growth despite tough economic times and while the grocery market continues to be in disarray,” said Michael Gidney, chief executive of Fairtrade. “There is a sense of businesses committing to Fairtrade backed by unstinting support from the public.”


The sales will trigger payments of about £30m in premiums, on top of the price paid for goods, for use in social projects in developing countries including Malawi and the Dominican Republic.


The volume of bananas, by far the biggest Fairtrade product in the UK, rose 6% amid strong sales at the likes of Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, which only stock the Fairtrade version of the fruit, while Tesco, the UK’s biggest retailer, began stocking Fairtrade bananas for the first time.


The world’s first Fairtrade and Fair-minded  gold was launched in the UK in 2014 to tackle poverty and dangerous conditions faced by small-scale miners.  Coffee sales rose 8%, while Starbucks launched Fairtrade coffee via its Seattle Best Coffee label which it delivers to offices and other businesses. Lidl also began stocking Fairtrade tea and coffee last year again after delisting it for about a year.


Tea and cocoa sales both slid 3%, again partly as a result of changing habits. It is hoped that cocoa sales will get a boost this year as the Co-op becomes the first UK retailer to switch to selling and using only Fairtrade cocoa in all its own-brand chocolate products, from the sprinkles on its doughnuts to chips in its triple chocolate cookies.


The switch to 100% Fairtrade cocoa, covering over 200 individual Co-op products, will be completed by the end of May. It will lead to a five-fold rise in the amount of Fairtrade cocoa sourced by the retailer, taking the total tonnage from 526 to 2,848 tonnes.


Brad Hill, Fairtrade strategy manager at the Co-op, said: “When we consider that demand for cocoa is set to rise by 30% over the next three years alone, it is imperative that we keep moving forward with sustainability initiatives in order to shape this industry.”


In 2014, sales of Fairtrade goods in the UK fell for the first time since the ethical trading scheme was founded more than 20 years ago, as cash-strapped consumers held back spending. In 2015 sales slid to £1.6bn from £1.7bn as sales of sugar collapsed by over a third as a result of changes in EU market regulations.





Coffee and chocolate. Many of us struggle to get through a day without one – or both – of our favourite luxuries. Yet, for the millions of small-scale farmers around the world who grow the cocoa and coffee beans we love, the price of an espresso or chocolate bar is a cruel joke.


by Darío Soto Abril, CEO, Fairtrade International


While consumers eat more than US$100 billion worth of chocolate each year and drink two billion cups of coffee every day, many growers around the world struggle to make a decent living.


On the international markets, coffee prices are at their lowest ever in real terms. In May 2019, Arabica beans were trading at 86 cents a pound – the lowest since 2004. The price of cocoa collapsed by 33 percent at the end of 2016 and has still not fully recovered. The continuing global slump in prices means many coffee and cocoa farmers can’t pay for the basics like food, housing and education.


The global markets for both commodities are notoriously volatile. Over production, climate change, currency exchange rates and government policies all influence prices.


But the overall trend is clear: traders, processors, brands and retailers are making fat profits while farmers get paid a pittance. Many cocoa farmers in West Africa – which supplies two-thirds of the world’s cocoa earn less than a dollar a day. Meanwhile, Central American coffee growers need between US$1.20 and US$1.50 a pound simply to break even - yet the current global price hovers around US$1.


Fairtrade believes the best way to eliminate extreme poverty is to pay farmers and workers a fair price for their crops. Our own research last year showed that only 12 percent of Fairtrade certified cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire were earning enough to afford the basics, and that 58 percent were still living in extreme poverty. That’s why we increased the minimum price by 20 percent from October 2019 as a first step towards a decent income.


Coffee and cocoa supply chains already suffer from human rights abuses including child labour, forced labour and trafficking. Focusing on these symptoms of poverty, rather than its root cause (dramatically unbalanced value distribution in the supply chain) distracts from calling out multinational companies and their part in perpetuating extreme poverty. In this context, achieving zero hunger becomes significantly harder.


low prices are also bad news for consumers. Some Central American coffee farmers, for example, are simply abandoning their plots and migrating north to the United States.


Youngsters are unlikely to opt for coffee or cocoa farming as a career choice that doesn’t pay. Future generations of coffee and chocolate lovers may find their daily fix is scarcer or more expensive.


The multinational companies who control global coffee and chocolate supply chains must take a long, hard look at how they do business. Questionable sustainability claims – including inhouse certification schemes – are undermined by a willingness to buy at below the cost of production.


Many companies that do source Fairtrade certified beans only purchase a fraction of their supplies on Fairtrade terms.


Fairtrade’s minimum price provides a safety net to help protect producers from volatile prices, and the Fairtrade Premium enables them to invest in their farms and communities as they wish. But Fairtrade alone will not achieve zero hunger.


Companies must stop paying lip service to sustainability and start buying coffee and cocoa at a price that enables farmers to enjoy a decent income.


English Activity 5

Make rough notes using the bullet points below as subheadings. Use your learning from the previous activities to inform your notes.


  • What Fairtrade does
  • How it helps workers and communities
  • Poor conditions before Fairtrade
  • What crops/products benefit (coffee, footballs, chocolate, bananas, and cotton. Which ones will you write about?)
  • What quotes fit with your article?