Earliest Civilisations: Shang Dynasty

Block B - Farming and Food

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!

Discover the farming and cookery of the Shang Dynasty. Explore farming practices, ingredients, and the importance of the silk worm in this early civilisation.

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 does food come from?

Learn about farming and cooking in China; recreate the irrigation farming of the Shang Dynasty in miniature.

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02: Shang food

Describe ingredients. Devise a Shang recipe of your own using a selection of ingredients that the Shang farmers would have grown.

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03: Silkworms

Investigate the life cycles of different classes of organisms; research the life-cycle of the silkworm; discover how silk is made from silkworms and was harvested by Shang farmers.

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04: Inspired by the Shang

Look back at what you have learnt about Shang farming and the silk worm; compose and paint a picture of an aspect of this series of sessions onto silk.