Earliest Civilisations: Shang Dynasty

Block E - Warfare

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!

Research different sources and consider what makes a historical source valid and reliable. Learn about the Shang army and generals as you investigate the Battle of Muye and the rise and fall of the Shang.

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: How did the Shang Dynasty start?

What do historians think is the real story of the start of the Shang Dynasty? Children will research different sources; take turns being the principal characters in the story, Jie, Tang and the historian.

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02: How did the Shang Dynasty keep control?

Children will learn about the Shang army and then play a strategy game; become generals in the Shang army trying to keep the kingdom loyal, and to conquer other peoples to enlarge the kingdom.

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03: The Battle of Muye

Evaluate the validity and reliability of texts that describe the Battle of Muye; improvise a piece of drama that explains the Battle of Muye.

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04: Performing the Battle of Muye

Create a performance based on all the learning in this block that explains the story of the rise and fall of the Shang.