Ethical Trading

Ethical Trade: teach children about being responsible consumers and happy shoppers!

What is ethical trade? Why is ethical trading important? Challenge your primary class to consider how the products we use everyday are produced, and at what cost to the lives of others and to the environment. Help your KS1 and KS2 children become ethical consumers, understand what fair trade is, and learn about the impact of 'fast fashion' on the lives of others around the world.

These ethical trading mini-schemes of work for Key Stages 1 and 2 are perfect for teaching separately as standalone units of work, but they also form part of our larger Education for Social Responsibility curriculum for the whole school.

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  • Thanks for Everything

    Thanks for Everything

    Year 1

    Year 2


    This three-lesson ESR scheme of work introduces the concept of ethical trading and appreciating the things we have and the people who work hard providing things for us. Children will think about their favourite things and who provided them. They will... Read More


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  • What is Fair Trade?

    What is Fair Trade?

    Year 3

    Year 4


    This three-lesson ESR scheme of work continues the theme of ethical trading by teaching children about fair trade and its importance to farmers and workers in developing countries. Children will find out what fair trade is in contrast to the ways in... Read More


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  • Fast Fashion

    Fast Fashion

    Year 5

    Year 6


    This three-lesson ESR scheme of work continues children’s learning about ethical trade by considering the human and environmental impacts of the fast fashion industry. The children begin by exploring where their clothing is made and who is involved... Read More


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