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Local and Fairtrade

th (2)STOP PRESS We are delighted to have our FairActive School Award renewed for another 3 years.  A spokesperson for the Fairtrade Foundation said: “You are an amazing example and we would like to use you as a case study for other schools.”

Local and Fairtrade at Armathwaite School

We are proud of our many years of embedding Local and Fairtrade across the school.  All our children learn about Local and Fairtrade through the curriculum.  For example, in Foundation Stage and KS1, the children read: ‘A Bit Lost’ by Chris Haughton and loved meeting the Fairtrade Owl.  In Lower Key Stage 2, the children got to wear our very own Fairtrade ‘Thankful Coat’ as part of learning about thankfulness in RE and P4C.  In Upper Key Stage 2, children researched and critically evaluated the issues of interdependence around the growing and production of sugar in the UK and Malawi.  When Maisy and Mrs Yates visited MOET School in Malawi, they even got to visit the Fairtrade Kasinthula Cane Growers Association.

The school is committed to using Fairtrade products as much as possible by using Local and Fairtrade ingredients in cooking and using Fairtrade products for afterschool clubs, parent fundraising events and training events for teachers.  We especially love using Fairtrade chocolate for learning about fractions in maths!

The school takes part in Fairtrade events with other schools as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.  This year, all children in KS2 designed a Fairtrade t-shirt logo for the Carlisle Fairtrade Network.  Although we didn’t win, Lewis, Rosie, Katie and Flynn loved wearing the T-shirts as part of the fashion parade at the Carlisle Youth Zone.


Each year, the school organises a major Fairtrade event involving the local school and wider community.  We have held all sort of events from a Fairtrade Sports Day(2012) to all children making cakes and biscuits at home using local and fairtrade ingredients for a ‘Big Brew'(2013).  The children also spent a whole weekend at the International Marmalade Festival at Dalmain(2014) providing awareness raising activities for the producers of marmalade and the general public – about the choices they make when they buy sugar.  You can see Maisy and Matthew’s presentation about this ‘Take Action Project’ they made at the Cumbria Development Education Centre(CDEC) Fairtrade school’s conference.  Last year saw an exciting development as Caitlin,  one of our pupils in Year 6, took on the planning of the annual Fairtrade event as part of her Child Initiated Independent Learning. Working with the local Oxfam shop and a team of pupils, she prepared an exciting afternoon of activities, presentation and sale of Fairtrade products to raise funds for the Oxfam South Sudan crisis.  Caitlin hit the local news with her wonderful fundraising effort which raised over £300.  This year(2016) Kara, Rosie, Philippa and Abigail organised another successful Fairtrade tea and fair to raise over £350 which was split between Cash for Kids, Eden Valley Hospice and Wetheral Animal Refuge.