M&S Making a Mark - Plan A

Activity ideas

Use these suggestions below and on the preceding page for ideas on how to use the Plan A resources with your pupils:

Plan A -  KS2/3 Citizenship:

  • Work with your class to come up with 100 ideas to help school and students change their behaviour. Think big and small!
  • Share your ideas with other classes then vote on the best 10 ideas.
  • Discuss the following points then write down your ideas:
    - What can you do to help make changes happen?
    - Who should lead the different changes?
    - What needs to be put in place to ensure the ideas are followed up?
  • Download the text transcript of the Plan A 2012 Manifesto Video, then write the script for a video promoting a campaign of your own. You could include names of celebrities that you think might help your cause.

Fair Trade -  KS2/3 Geography/Citizenship:

  • Make a list of all the everyday items you can think of that are made wholly or partly of cotton (and not just clothing)
  • Over the course of one week, make a note of every time you see the Fair Trade symbol. Record what type of goods it was attached to, then list them in order of popularity to find out which are most common or the most unusual
  • Find out what your school or local community centre is doing to support Fair Trade principles, then think about what else you could do
  • Design a poster promoting Fair Trade in one of the following areas: textile production; clothing manufacture; food and drinks industry
  • Run a coffee morning, tuck shop or cake stall. Make sure all the things you're selling are Fair Trade!
  • Arrange your class into groups and play the 'Orange Trading Game'    (download the PDF from the Traidcraft link at the bottom of the page). 

Forever Fish -  KS3 Design & Technology/Food Technology

  • Use the Forever Fish Case Study to compare the nutrition information (energy, protein, fat and calcium) for 100g of haddock or 100g of salmon with other foods. Choose one from each of these groups: meat; fruit and vegetables; dairy; processed/'fast' foods.    Put them in order of which you think is healthiest
    NB: check packages or look online if your food doesn't come packaged (or see Related Links below).
  • Invent a fish recipe using only fresh ingredients (not packaged or processed), and try to make it as healthy as possible. Cook and eat your recipe then review how it looked and tasted, how it could be improved.  
  • Draw a picture of the finished product and invent some reviews by diners who ate it in a restaurant.

Recycling -  KS3/4 Art & Design:

  • Encourage recycling by designing a public sculpture using old clothes hangers, or other unwanted items.
  • Make a weaving loom using cardboard  (see Related Links below for 'how to' guides). Then use your loom to weave other unwanted materials to make a pattern.  
    Why not design a pattern for next Autumn's wool jumpers and send it to us - we may feature your designs on this page!
  • Watch the video ' Meet the Designer: Vintage Inspiration and Recycling' then design a piece of jewellery or an item of clothing using recycled material, based on the styles of other periods.


Principles - laws or rules that must be, or are usually, followed
Conservation - careful management of the environment and natural resources

Nutrition - obtaining the food necessary for health and growth

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