Earliest Civilisations: Shang Dynasty

Block D - Technology

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!

Investigate the Shang bronze manufacturing process and the amazing Shang bronze vessels. Create your own vessels and set up your own museum to explain how bronze vessels were made in the Shang period; write museum labels and information boards and make presentations to visitors to your classroom.

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: Take one object

Address and devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.

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02: Decoration

Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; characteristic features of past non-European societies. Use a sketchbook and gain an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

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03: Context

Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources. Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates. Learn to use a sketchbook.

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04: Form

Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; characteristic features of past non-European societies. Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials

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05: Process

Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; characteristic features of past non-European societies. Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.

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06: Make

Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; characteristic features of past non-European societies. Prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques. Demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes.

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07: Presentation

They should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.  Identify the audience for and purpose of writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own. Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.