6 - Transporting Goods around the World
In this lesson the class investigates supply chains and the implications of transporting goods around the world.
This lesson plan links to Curriculum aims in Maths and to non-statutory programmes of study in Citizenship and PSHE. It will also help to develop Geographical knowledge.
To consider the pros and cons of transporting commodities across the world.
Children have discussed the pros and cons of transporting goods around the world and can find a number of the Fairtrade producer countries on the map.
Gaffer tap or masking tape/paints to mark out large map in playground or classroom; country signs/flags for Bolivia, Chile, India, Thailand, Malawi, Mauritius and South Africa; samples of Fairtrade pasta (containing quinoa), sugar, raisins, honey, dried blueberries and rice.
Prepare map, provide pictures/samples of Fairtrade products listed, signs for countries and distances. If possible use gaffer tape/masking tape to mark out a map of the world in the classroom or hall; or use playground paints to create one outside. Alternatively use the Traidcraft map on an interactive white board.
Use a washing line in the classroom to peg up the different organisations/stages in the trade process (from farmer to consumer) and then ask students to put them into the correct order (e.g. seed grower, farmer, co-operative, exporting organisation, importing organisation, warehouse dispatcher, supermarket, consumer).
Challenge the class to:
• Place the country signs/flags in the correct places on the map.
• Match the commodity to the country.
• Guess the correct distance between each country and the UK.
Distances to the UK (taken from www.timeanddate.com)
|Bolivia||9,986 km||6,206 miles|
|South Africa||8,991km||5,587 miles|
In groups pupils think of the pros and cons of transporting Fairtrade goods this far across the world.
Pros: Supporting producers in other countries to get a fair deal, helping communities to develop, we have access to different foods which can’t be grown in the UK, we’re able to eat fruit/veg all year round because it’s always in season somewhere, it provides employment for the many people involved in transporting cargo around the world, Fairtrade goods have to meet environmental standards before they can be certified.
Cons: There is an environmental impact at every stage as goods are processed, packed, shipped and delivered; we don’t buy food from local UK producers so prices stay high and our farmers are worse off.
• What do pupils think. Should we continue to import goods from around the world? Why/Why not?
• What measures do organisations such as Traidcraft take to balance the effects that importing has on the environment? (carbon off-setting : e.g. planting trees or supporting environmental projects in producer countries; importing by sea; travelling by train in the UK etc.)
Look at the trade process washing line again. What environmental impact is there on each stage? Does it make a difference to know that to be Fairtrade certified goods have to meet environmental criteria?