Our School Workshops are the ideal complement to classroom teaching and are a real favourite amongst teachers (and kids funnily enough).
We work closely with teachers to ensure their teaching is supported and can do a short question and answer session on the topics of your choice too. Each session is run by one of our experienced and passionate chocolatiers, so that much of the pressure is taken off teachers’ shoulders.
Our workshops have relevance to important aspects of the National Curriculum at both Primary and Secondary School level bringing subjects such as English Literature, History, Geography and Business Studies to life.
As with all successful lessons, we make our sessions interactive, hands-on and fun. And we’re yet to meet a pupil who isn’t overjoyed at the thought of swapping a traditional lesson for one brimming with chocolate.
What activities are available during this educational workshop?
We can cater a chocolate workshop to any subject and are happy to work with teachers to create a bespoke lesson designed with their pupils in mind. As an example, here are just some of the way’s teachers have used our chocolate workshops to thrill and inspire their pupils.
History - perfect for Primary school children, our workshops include a brief history of chocolate from bean to bar. Dating back to ancient Egypt and Aztec times, and remaining prevalent right up to the modern day, we can incorporate some of your chosen historical facts into a fun and interactive workshop that gets children working with chocolate.
Geography - If you’re in the process of teaching your Primary School pupils where chocolate is grown and why it is suited to different climates, we can help you bring the subject to life. Our workshops are flexible and adaptable, so if you want to include a pop quiz in-between our chocolatey activities, we can help you incorporate it.
English - We can make Charlie and the Chocolate Factory jump off the page with a themed workshop designed around this classic piece of literature. Primary children get to become Willy Wonka for an afternoon creating weird and wonderful chocolate creations.
Food Technology - Help your Secondary School pupils really understand chocolate with an expert lesson from a professional chocolatier. Following one of our workshops, pupils will learn how to mix, pipe, cut, and shape chocolate as well as creating a delicious chocolate ganache. Important skills for any budding patisserie chef!
Business Studies - Chocolate is a billion-dollar business. But how do you stand out in a chocolatey crowd? Branding of course. We can tailor our chocolate workshops to focus not just on the taste and quality of a product but how it looks and who that would appeal to. A lesson in consumer tastes that can be applied to any product and perfect for a Secondary School Business Studies class.
Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?
Curriculum topics available: Story telling.
Primary level Charlie & the Chocolate Factory is studied. The children to make their own chocolates either at the end of their learning or in parallel is a good compliment. The children will get given lots of interesting facts about chocolate including where it comes from and how sustainable it is.
Curriculum topics available: Nutrition and healthy diets, Where food comes from, Preparing food and cooking techniques, Chocolate Making Workshops.
We can look at the components of chocolate from bean to bar. The tempering process of chocolate and why this plays a key element to chocolate production. Flavoring chocolates and what can and can't be used.
Curriculum topics available: Environment.
Countries in which cocoa is produced and the climate that they need. The different continents the cocoa trees are grown, how climate is changing the production and growth of these. Who originally discovered chocolate and where and how and when it came across into Europe.
Curriculum topics available: Maya Civilisation.
Mayan Indians, Aztec Indians are the founders of chocolate. Discussion can be undertaken as to how and what they used chocolate for and the differences of how we use it today. How they used to drink it for enjoyment for also for medicinal purposes .
Climate change plays a big part which is why there is revolutionary work that is being undertaken. We can discuss during the chocolate making session why this is going to be even more important in the future. Covers topics such as de-forestation, rain, sun, water to local farmers growing the cocoa trees.
What size groups do you cater for?
Up to 35 in one session
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Workshops are held in school.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
Don’t just take our word for it! We’ve had so much positive feedback from teachers and pupils alike.
“Louise from Chocolate Collective provided an absolutely fabulous chocolate workshop for my year 1 class at Broadbent Fold Primary School. The children were inspired, thoroughly enjoyed themselves and got very messy making chocolate lollipops, writing their names with chocolate and making chocolate sweets all morning. A 'must have' event if you're learning about chocolate like we were. Thank you so much to Louise and we will definitely be asking her back next year.”
“The Year 6 children at Vernon Primary thoroughly enjoyed an amazing experience creating their own chocolates and lollies during their recent 'Chocolate Day' to enhance their study on the Maya Civilisation. It was informative, interesting and fun!”
All equipment, supplies and protective clothing are provided, and classes are run within the school timetable to accommodate breaks and lunchtimes.
Important Allergy Information
Dairy intolerances or gluten-free diets can be catered for, but our workshops may not be suitable for people who suffer from nut allergies, as ingredients and equipment may have been in contact with nuts.
Who are Chocolate Collective?
The benefit of hands-on learning for children is well documented. For children to retain knowledge and apply it to day to day life they need to see, touch, smell and engage with activities in the classroom.
Delivered in the North West, West Mildlands and Yorkshire, Chocolate Collective delivers chocolate classes and lessons covering themes within the National Curriculum in subjects of History, Geography, English and Science.
We run tailor-made chocolate making sessions relevant to the age the children and the subjects you are teaching.
Our activities include but are not limited to; lollipop or giant button making, moulding individual chocolates, truffle making, the five senses and chocolate, a chocolate quiz, and designing, creating and branding your own chocolate bar.
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