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Chocolate Workshop

As an introduction to their topic 'Scrumdiddlyumptious!,' Year 3 hosted a visit from Carl Turner of The Ministry of Chocolate. Carl wrote to us after his visit to say...

Just a quick message to say a big thank you to all the children and the staff at Ravensthorpe Junior School – it was a pleasure to teach your year 3 children.

I was really impressed by the behaviour and diligence of the children – they listened exceptionally well, asked great questions and generally wanted to enjoy the workshop and learn about chocolate, which was lovely as it makes it more enjoyable for everyone. I think the day was a huge success! It was obvious to me that the teaching and behaviour standards are very high at Ravensthorpe, and consistent, and this appears to be reflected in achievement from what I read on the screen near the main entrance. Keep up the good work!

Kind regards,

Carl Turner

Minister of Chocolate



These are some of the things we found out during Carl's visit.

  • The fascinating history and origins of chocolate, including the Maya and Aztecs
  • How and where cacao is grown – the cocoa harvesting process
  • Looking at, feeling and tasting real cocoa beans, pods & nibs
  • Sensory testing – using our five senses to understand chocolate
  • Chocolate and health
  • How chocolate is made
  • Fairtrade principles, including bringing the concept to life using child-friendly role play
  • A practical chocolate making session where we designed and made our very own chocolate product
  • We all received a certificate at the end of the chocolate workshop – a great start to our future qualifications!

Click on the image below to visit the Ministry of Chocolate website.