Earliest Civilisations: Shang Dynasty

Block G - Cities

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 the cities and societies of this dynasty, as well as the lives and roles of the people.

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: Introducing the game

Retrieve information from non-fiction and name some of the Shang cities; develop some design criteria for a board game.

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02: The roles in the game

Research the lives and roles of King, Queens, High Priest, Priests, Nobles, craftspeople, Citizens, Peasants, Slaves; give a well-structured description of the person or group of people; give an explanation of what roles they could play in the role-playing game.

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03: Designing the game

Designing the board, cards and figures. Apply information learned about the Shang to the design of a role-playing game; discuss ideas collaboratively; create sketches and prototypes for a design.                                                                                

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04: Make the game

Use a wide range of appropriate materials for building and creating a Shang Dynasty game.

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05: Play the game

Give good descriptions, explanations and narratives to explain the nature of Shang cities and society; Evaluate the game design based on design criteria.