Starting their new topic with a wow, the children were split into groups to take part in two activities. The first activities, which required both patience and logic, involved the children having to cut bars of chocolate using knives and forks and picking up M&Ms with chopsticks. Easy, you might think. However to add another layer of difficulty to the game, the children had to do so wearing oven gloves! Even the teacher's struggled with this one. What was fantastic to see in all the groups was the words of encouragement and praise that the Year 2 pupils gave each other.
The other activity, whilst not as difficult, required the children to work collaboratively to achieve a common goal. With rice krispies, chocolate bars and wooden spoons on the tables, the children had to make...chocolate krispie cakes.
Already buzzing from the previous activity, all of the children couldn't wait to have a go at stirring the chocolate, mixing in the rice krispies and spooning it into the cake cases.
It wasn't long until the rich smell of melted milk chocolate was wafting through the corridors and my did it smell good! Once the cakes had been made, the children were counting down the hours until they could devour them at the end of the day. And devour they did.
The Year 2 children are very much looking forward to learning about chocolate, where it comes from, how it is made and all other things chocolatey.
Next time you're on the Year 2 corridor, do feel free to pop into the Year 2 classrooms and ask the children what they are learning. No doubt they will be eager to share their chocolate themed learning with you.
By Michael Aryiku
Year 2 Pandas Class Teacher