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Bitter Sweet History KS3/4 History
KS2 Citizenship/PSHE
KS3/4 Citizenship
Object of the Month
Northern History Forum on Tour
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February 2016

In recognition of Fair Trade Fortnight, which takes place from 29 February to 13 March 2016, this month's bulletin features resources looking at the history of the fair trade movement and modern day slavery.

The Northern History Forum is on tour! Our last article below highlights an exciting CPD opportunity in Leeds on 16 March - register now as places are limited!

We always welcome feedback on our resources - you can contact us by email or send us a tweet @MyLearning_org - we look forward to hearing from you!

From the My Learning Team
Featured Resource

This resource focuses on the goods which were related to the movement of slaves over 200 years ago - chocolate, sugar, tea and coffee. It also supports the teaching of issues around Fair Trade and the many forms of slavery which still exist today. 

Resources feature stories of 21st Century slavery in Britain and case studies of Fair Trade successes such as Divine Chocolate (pictured right) and the Rug Mark Foundation, which can be downloaded as PDFs.
Recommended by Teachers - Primary

M&S Company Archive
M&S Making a Mark: Plan A
KS2 Citizenship, PSHE

The aim of this resource is to show how the actions of one person or group of people can cause changes that affect the lives of ordinary people, and includes a brief overview of how Fair Trade is helping farmers in developing countries.

The discussion and activity ideas can be used to inspire students to make changes in their own community, and to think about issues that matter to them.

Teachers' panel comments:
'The links are fab! A great selection and some brilliant resources. The Orange Game is a great addition and the M&S Plan A video is brilliant too!

'You could link to geography as well, mapping out where all the products have travelled from to get to UK stores. They could study which countries contribute which products and about any fair trading that goes on there'.
Michelle Ross, KS2 Teacher, Leeds
Recommended by Teachers - Secondary

KS3/4 Citizenship, KS3 PSHE

Two sections of this resource focus on the subject of fair trade using examples from different time periods:
From slave trade to fair trade: 18th Century Global Citizens  examines the sugar boycott that was encouraged by Slavery Abolitionists, urging the general public to stop buying sugar produced by slaves in the West Indies.
looks at the products of slavery in modern society and introduces the Fair Trade system of producing food and goods.

Teachers' panel comments re: 

Fair Trade Handout Why Bother?
(click image below to download)
'Very good handout..good for KS3/4 students. Good for research purposes and essay writing.'
Michelle Ross, KS2 Teacher, Leeds

Object of the Month
 Hull Museums
An 18th Century anti-slavery sugar bowl. The gold script on the bowl reads: 'East India Sugar - Not Made By Slaves' 
Northern History Forum on Tour

Wednesday 16 March 2016, 4.00-8.00pm
M&S Company Archive, Leeds

Uncovering Archives - Keeping for Posterity: 
How can we use archives in the classroom to shed light on the past?

The archive contains over 70,000 items relating to the past and present of M&S. The collection is housed at the Michael Marks Building on the University of Leeds campus, where the Marks in Time exhibition is also open to the public. 

In addition to exploring this fascinating collection, the event will offer the opportunity to get to grips with using archives in the history classroom more generally and how archive materials can be used
to spark an enquiry and build pupils' understanding of the nature and different types of historical evidence.

My Learning will be at this event to showcase the M&S Company Archive suite of resources - we hope to see you there!

To find out more download the PDF or to book a place visit:
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