We then found out that chocolate comes from cocoa beans, which were first used thousands of years ago. The children got to make and taste hot chocolate, using raw cacao powder, just like the Ancient Maya of Mexico and Central America did over 2500 years ago!
Through Design and Technology we have also had the opportunity to design and create our own chocolate bar and packaging, especially for Willy Wonka! We began by tasting and evaluating a variety of chocolate and the possible ingredients that could go inside a chocolate bar. We then looked at a different types of chocolate bar packaging. Using our investigations we designed and made our chocolate bars and packaging, choosing a special name and a magical power too!
In Geography we have learnt that cocoa beans are grown in countries near to the equator, like Ghana, Brazil and Indonesia. We have explored what it's like to be a cocoa farmer and found out how the cocoa bean gets to become a chocolate bar that we buy in our shops.
We also explored the country of Brazil even further to find out how similar or different it is to the UK.
We ended our topic by performing a wonderful 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' dance, just as if we were on the West End Stage.
We will be checking progress for this throughout the term to see how your child is getting on with their learning.