Earliest Civilisations: Shang Dynasty

Block F - Worship

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!

In this fascinating block, learn about the Shang beliefs regarding death, burial rituals, divining the future, folk religion and ancestor worship. Learn about the tomb of Fu Hao, leader and priestess and create your own time capsule.

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: Shang Gods

Research the answers to questions about the Shang gods; discover what they look like and create their own. Take a look at how people worship in the world’s major religions.

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02: Worshipping the gods

Devise questions about worship and research them. Discover the idea of making sacrifices to gods.

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03: Burial

Devise philosophical questions about the burial of Fu Hao and discuss them.

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04: Recreate Fu Hao's burial

Make replica dings, jade figurines and pots to go into a replica of Fu Hao's grave.

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05: Time capsule

Like Fu Hao's grave, which is a time capsule of her life, children will choose an object to go into a class time capsule