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The Story of Chocolate - Year 2 Unit

Year 2 are learning about something that most of us are familiar with - chocolate! 

They are learning about the impact that chocolate has had on many people’s lives for hundreds of years. They are working as geographers in order to find out where and how chocolate is grown and processed, as historians as they find out how chocolate made its way across the world, and as scientists and designers as they create their own chocolate bars!

They look at moral aspects of chocolate, does it have a positive or negative impact on the lives of many people today? 

Year 2 visited Trondheim Sjokolade where they got to design and make their own chocolate!

Explaining the Theme further

In Geography, we’ll be learning about:

  • Where chocolate is grown and why

  • The Cacao Belt

  • Where chocolate is manufactured

  • The advantages and disadvantages of commercial farming.

In History, we’ll be learning about:

  • The first people to enjoy chocolate many years ago

  • How chocolate made its way from the Aztec Empire in Mexico to Europe

  • How some people were not treated well in the trading of chocolate.

In International, we’ll be learning about: 

  • The benefits of fair trade to commercial cocoa farms

  • What major chocolate companies are doing to support fair trade practises

  • Other fair trade products

  • Chocolate consumption around the world. 

In Science, we’ll be learning about:

  • How much chocolate we consume

  • Nutritional values of chocolate

  • How our bodies use (burn) calories

  • Which materials best protect from unwanted smells

  • Solids, liquids and gases.

In Health and Wellbeing, we’ll be learning about:

  • How to look after our teeth whilst still eating chocolate

  • How eating chocolate may change how we feel.

In Design Technology and Innovation, we’ll be learning about:

  • How to make chocolate

  • Designing flavour combinations for our own chocolate bar 

  • Marketing designs for our product.

In Art, we’ll be learning about: 

  • Creating a chocolate wrapper for our own bar

  • Creating a billboard advert for our new chocolate bar.

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