Earliest Civilisations: Shang Dynasty

Block A - The Shang Timeline

Study this fascinating topic and learn all about The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China. Discover key information about the formation of the Shang Dynasty and the kings who ruled it. Learn all about everyday life, the music, cities and settlements, and the process of worship in this early civilisation. The importance of warfare, advanced technology, and the development of writing are all studied and children will have the chance to meet a number of exciting creative outcomes!

This block provides you with key information about the geography of the Shang Dynasty kingdom, their kings and the timeline of their dynasty.

This Topic is written for Upper Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Where is China?

Locate China on a map; identify the extent of the Shang Dynasty on a map; label some major places and features.

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02: When was the Shang Dynasty?

Produce a timeline of significant Shang rulers.

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03: Fact or fiction?

Learn about some Shang rulers and discuss which are fact and which are possibly fiction.

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04: Would I lie to you?

Play the game ‘Would I Lie to you’ using descriptions of real Shang rulers and some you have invented; score points for outwitting your friends and points for detecting the fakes.