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The Life of George Cadbury

Assembly to accompany the book ‘A World of Difference’ by Bob Hartman, delivered free to schools in October 2017

Suitable for Key Stage 1


To consider the life of George Cadbury.

Preparation and materials

  • You will need the book A World of Difference by Bob Hartman, delivered free to schools in October 2017. The story of George Cadbury can be found on pages 13-20.

  • You will need an image of George Cadbury and the means to display it during the assembly. An example is available at:

  • Have available four different Cadbury chocolate bars. Alternatively, you could use the images of Cadbury chocolate bars below, in which case you will also need the means to display them:

    - Dairy Milk, available at:
    - Crunchie, available at:
    - Curly Wurly, available at:
    - Fudge, available at:


  1. Ask the children if any of them enjoy eating chocolate! Ask if any of them have a favourite type of chocolate.

    Listen to a range of responses.

  2. Explain that there are many different types and brands of chocolate, but today’s assembly is about a man who developed chocolate many years ago.

  3. Show the children the four bars of chocolate, or the images of them.

    Explain that you want to find out which is the most popular chocolate bar. To do this, you are going to hold each chocolate bar up one at a time and you want the children to raise their hand when their favourite is in the air. Make it clear that they can only vote for one chocolate bar, not all of them! Carry out the vote to find the winner.

  4. Show the image of George Cadbury.

    Explain that 200 years ago, George’s father opened up a chocolate shop. However, the chocolate shop wasn’t the same as the shops that sell chocolate today.

  5. Read the story of George Cadbury found in the book A World of Difference, pages 13-20.

Time for reflection

Ask the children, ‘Why was John Cadbury happy when his chocolate business did so well?

Explain that John Cadbury cared for people and wanted to help them. He wanted to use the money that he made from his chocolate business to help people who were in need.

Johns son, George Cadbury, cared deeply for his workers. He gave them homes, gardens, sports facilities and medical help. He didn’t simply do the minimum possible; instead, he went over and above what was expected of him.

Ask the children, What about us? If we are asked for help, do we do as little as possible or do we look for extra ways to help others?

Urge the children to look out today for ways in which they can care for others or help people. It doesn’t matter how big or small the need – they can still help in some way.

Dear God,
Thank you for the people who care for us.
Thank you for those who spend their lives looking after us and doing all they can to make us happy.
Please help us to look for ways to help others.
Please help us not to get tired of doing good.

Further resources

Further resources can be found at:

- George Cadbury - wrappers
George Cadbury - food pyramids
Geroge Cadbury - discussion questions
George Cadbury - extra activities

More resources about George Cadbury are available at:

Publication date: October 2017   (Vol.19 No.10)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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