Patana News Volume 23 Issue 6

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Exploring the Wonderful World of Chocolate in Year 4

David Walton, Leader of Learning and Welfare, Year 4 and Dominque Chandler, Leader of Learning and Curriculum, Year 4 ouldn’t it be amazing if chocolate grew on trees? best way to make hot chocolate and melting marshmalWell, Year 4 are discovering that it does! lows. It was a yummy treat! The next activity looked at combining different materials to create chocolate themed Throughout this exciting, mouth-watering theme, Year 4 playdough, which was then used to create innovative students will explore the different ways in which chocolate chocolate sculptures. Through mindfulness, the students has impacted or world. They will learn about the history of tasted and analysed chocolates, blind folded, with varychocolate making and the culture of the Mayans and the ing amounts of cocoa and flavours. Alongside the mindAztecs, about fair trade, and have an opportunity to make ful tasting, they also went back in time and learnt how to their own chocolate and design packaging to promote make Aztec hot chocolate. It was certainly an acquired their flavoursome treat. taste! The final activity involved becoming ‘Cookie Quality To launch this extravaganza of chocolate the students Controllers’ as they had to carefully map out and excavate heard Michael Rosen perform one of our favourite po- chocolate chips from cookies. This led to some mathematems ‘Chocolate cake’ and then were launched into Roald ical analysis as Mr Wonka wanted to know if his cookies Dahls world of chocolate at Mr Wonka’s Chocolate were consistent. factory. Surprise guests from the famous story shared the This exciting start to the theme of chocolate has sparked moment they entered Willy Wonka’s wonderful choco- the enquirers within our Year 4 students and they are allate filled world. Mr Wonka then challenged them to ex- ready posing deep and interesting questions about chocplore chocolate in four different ways through play-based olate that will drive their learning throughout Term 1. learning. A huge thank you to the students and staff that supported As scientists they led a hot chocolate investigation, by this explosive start to the Year 4 learning theme. leading a fair test. They predicted and then found out the



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