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Critical Consumers Lesson Plan 2 - Buy Local or Buy Global?

Understanding the implications of buying air-freighted goods as opposed to seasonal British produce.
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Connect the Learning

Refer students to any other lessons they may have done that cover fair-trade products, and consumer choices.

The Big Picture

Students are encouraged to learn about becoming critical consumers as part of the Economic Wellbeing programme of study at key stage 3.

The learning outcomes

Learning objective taken from key stage 3 and 4 programmes of study for Economic Well-being:
1.2 Capability
d. becoming critical consumers of goods and services.
And from the Citizenship programme of study at key stage 3: 3.
Range and content
e. actions that individuals can take to influence decisions affecting communities and the environment


Activity 1: Teacher input
Bring a packet of Kenyan green beans into class, amongst a selection of locally grown and seasonal vegetables.
Ask the class to spot the odd one out. It’s the green beans.
Explain that today’s lesson will be about buying locally versus buying globally.