Paper Bag Challenge

P6/7 have been working in ‘family’ groups to imagine they are paper bag makers on the streets of Kolkata, India. Each group has to try to earn their living by making the bags. The activity gave us an idea of some of the pressures that force children into work and look at the economic systems that exploit vulnerable communities.

At the end of our session we counted up our money and worked out what we could afford to buy. For some groups there wasn’t even enough money to buy necessities (food) for each family each day.

Child labour affects lots of children all around the world.

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Fairtrade

Primary 6/7 have been learning about how different groups of people are paid in the banana trade. We split into 5 groups (banana workers, plantation owners, shippers, shops and supermarkets and importers and ripeners) and found out about their roles.

If a banana 🍌 cost 30p we had to decide how much of each 30p should go to each group. It was difficult to decide and in the end we thought that the banana workers should earn the most – 8 p, but we were shocked 😳 to find that despite all the work they do, they only get 1p in every 30p. And that’s why Fairtrade is so important.

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Wider Achievement afternoon

We had a great afternoon making bird feeding stations for our school grounds. We used some of the big logs and made holes in them for bird food and hammered nails into the wood so that next week we can hang feeders off them. We also made lots of fat balls and seedy worms πŸ› and put these out too. In a few weeks time we’ll be doing the RSPB bird watch and hope this will encourage more birds into our school grounds, especially in this cold weather.

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