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Block H - Music

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 creative block, find out about the instruments (bells, pipes, cymbals, flutes) and music made by the Shang people – make simple instruments and compose a piece of instrumental music about the final days of the Shang Dynasty.

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 music

Children will learn about Shang musical instruments, discuss what these musical instruments could have been used for, find modern equivalents and try them out.

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02: Emotive music

Listen to different compositions that tell a story or evoke an emotion and examine how the pitch, tempo, timbre and structure communicates elements of a story or an emotion.

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03: Downfall of the Shang

Tell children the story of the downfall of the Shang dynasty. Children improvise a composition to accompany the story. Note down what tempo, pitch and timbre each part of the orchestra plays during each section of the story.

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04: Perform the Shang piece

Children will practice and perform the Shang piece to an audience.

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

Block C - Home Front

Learn about the Second World War in Europe and why the Battle of Britain was such a significant turning point in British History. Learn about the timeline of events such as the outbreak of the war, the Battle of Britain, the heroic rescue at Dunkirk, the Blitz, the D-Day landings, the liberation of the concentration camps and the celebrations of VE Day. Research the lives of the ordinary people who faced the Blitz and had to deal with rationing and evacuation. Learn about the inspiring stories and achievements of significant people such as Anne Frank and Winston Churchill.

What happened to ordinary people and children during the war? Learn about the home front, the rationing, digging for victory, ‘make do and mend’, Dad’s Army, the Land girls and the role of women during the war, the Blitz and the experience of evacuee children. Understand about use of propaganda and censorship; design war posters and make gas masks, identity papers, ration books and role-play home front scenarios. Record your efforts using photography.

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: Digging for victory!

Understand the reasons behind rationing and the impact of this upon the British people. Investigate the Dig for Victory campaign and design your own posters!

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02: Make do and mend

Learn about the ‘Make Do and Mend’ campaign and what this could mean for civilians in Britain.

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03: Dad's Army and land girls

Investigate some of the roles that civilians filled at home to help out in the war effort.

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04: The life of an evacuee

Learn about the evacuation of children during World War 2 and become evacuees!

Block A - Introduction to the Indus Valley

Find out about this fascinating early civilisation based in the Indus Valley and place it on a world timeline. Be amazed as you learn how this civilisation functioned and its cities grew and flourished. Discover day to day life, investigate the evidence we have for this civilisation and speculate why the civilisation ended.

Learn where the civilisation fits on a world history timeline. Discover the location of the civilisation; learn about the terrain and climate of the Indus Valley and explore some theories that historians use to explain why the Indus Valley civilisation ended.

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: Back in time

Learn where the Indus Valley civilisation fits on a world history timeline; compare what the terrain, climate and society was like in Britain at the start of the Indus Valley civilisation; add significant dates and events to a world history timeline.

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02: Snapshot

Discover where the Indus Valley civilisation was located; Label maps of the Indus Valley and its surroundings; learn about the terrain and climate of the Indus Valley.

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03: End of Indus Valley civilisation

(To be taught with Session 4 after the other blocks)

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04: The Aryans

(To be taught with Session 3 after the other blocks)

Block C - Writing and the Shang Calendar

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!

If you love problem solving, brain teasers and languages you will love this block about the writing and calendar of the Shang Dynasty. Learn how Chinese writing works and investigate Shang texts and calendars as you build towards a presentation.

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: Chinese characters

Learn how Chinese writing works; write your name in Chinese; say your name in Mandarin Chinese.

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02: Shang writing

Address research questions about writing and oracle bones in the past; research some Shang characters found on oracle bones; work out the meaning of Shang characters.

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03: Shang calendar

Learn how and why people in the Shang Dynasty made calendars; make your own Shang cyclical calendar.

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04: Translating an inscription

Translate a Shang text and explain what the oracle bones tell us about the Shang Dynasty.

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05: Make your own oracle bones

Make replica oracle bones from wood, plastic or bone; inscribe with your own Shang inscription; make a display of all your Shang writing creations.

Block B - Churchill and Key Moments of the War

Learn about the Second World War in Europe and why the Battle of Britain was such a significant turning point in British History. Learn about the timeline of events such as the outbreak of the war, the Battle of Britain, the heroic rescue at Dunkirk, the Blitz, the D-Day landings, the liberation of the concentration camps and the celebrations of VE Day. Research the lives of the ordinary people who faced the Blitz and had to deal with rationing and evacuation. Learn about the inspiring stories and achievements of significant people such as Anne Frank and Winston Churchill.

Become curators of a Churchill exhibition! Develop an understanding of who Churchill was and his significance as a leader. Gather facts from a range of sources and identify key information which you go on to share with visitors.

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: Researching Churchill

Introduce Winston Churchill and begin to research facts about Britain’s wartime leader. Learn to select and evaluate information from a range of sources.

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02: Mapping key events and exploring the speeches that accompanied them

Investigate three key events from early in the war – Operation Dynamo, The Battle of Britain, and the Blitz – look at the inspirational speeches that Churchill made to accompany these events and map them using Geographical skills.

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03: Remembering Dunkirk through poetry and art

Using a range of sources, look at how the Dunkirk evacuation is remembered. Work to create your own ‘remembrances’ using paint and verse.

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.

Block A - The Shang Timeline

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!

This block provides you with key information about the geography of the Shang Dynasty kingdom, their kings and the timeline of their dynasty.

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 is China?

Locate China on a map; identify the extent of the Shang Dynasty on a map; label some major places and features.

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02: When was the Shang Dynasty?

Produce a timeline of significant Shang rulers.

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03: Fact or fiction?

Learn about some Shang rulers and discuss which are fact and which are possibly fiction.

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04: Would I lie to you?

Play the game ‘Would I Lie to you’ using descriptions of real Shang rulers and some you have invented; score points for outwitting your friends and points for detecting the fakes.

Block E - VE Day - the end of the war in Europe

Learn about the Second World War in Europe and why the Battle of Britain was such a significant turning point in British History. Learn about the timeline of events such as the outbreak of the war, the Battle of Britain, the heroic rescue at Dunkirk, the Blitz, the D-Day landings, the liberation of the concentration camps and the celebrations of VE Day. Research the lives of the ordinary people who faced the Blitz and had to deal with rationing and evacuation. Learn about the inspiring stories and achievements of significant people such as Anne Frank and Winston Churchill.

Research the events leading up to, and involved in, the end of the war. Learn about the D-Day landings, the role of the French Resistance including women in the Resistance. Learn about the surrender of countries, the Battle of Berlin and death of Hitler. Consider the Paris Peace Treaties of 1947 and make a peace dove as part of a class reflection. Finally, you will plan a street party in the style of those that took place on VE day.

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: The D-Day Landings

Research the events leading up to, and involved in, the D-Day landings. Understand the role that the French Resistance and espionage played in sabotaging German plans, researching the role of women in the Resistance (especially Nancy Wake, aka ‘The White Mouse’). Invent codenames and codes and hide them in everyday items (pens, soap, toothpaste tubes).

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02: Coming to an end

Understand the events leading to the end of the war, the surrender of countries, the Battle of Berlin and death of Hitler. Consider the Paris Peace Treaties of 1947. Make a peace dove as part of a class reflection.

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03: VE Day street party!

Plan a street party in the style of those that took place on VE Day, using bunting, food from 1940s recipes, music and tea dancing. Invite older members of the community to join in.

Block A - The Battle of Britain

Learn about the Second World War in Europe and why the Battle of Britain was such a significant turning point in British History. Learn about the timeline of events such as the outbreak of the war, the Battle of Britain, the heroic rescue at Dunkirk, the Blitz, the D-Day landings, the liberation of the concentration camps and the celebrations of VE Day. Research the lives of the ordinary people who faced the Blitz and had to deal with rationing and evacuation. Learn about the inspiring stories and achievements of significant people such as Anne Frank and Winston Churchill.

Understand why World War 2 started, and what is meant by the ‘Phoney War’. Examine some major events leading up to the Battle of Britain. Develop a familiarity with the location of the countries involved in the first year of World War 2. Understand more of the German plans for invading Britain and the role aircraft played.

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: The outbreak of war!

Understand why WW2 started, who its leaders were and what is meant by the ‘Phoney War’. Contribute to a memory wall. Decorate a memory box with vintage scraps and brown paper.

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02: Britain takes to the skies

Understand some of the major events leading up to the Battle of Britain, including the countries involved and the roles they played. Develop a familiarity with the locations of the countries involved in first year of World War 2 by locating them on a map of 1939 Europe. Play a Battle of Britain PE game.

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03: Churchill's Few

Understand more of the Luftwaffe’s plans for invading Britain and the role the British pilots played. Be able to locate the Channel, the south-east coast of England and some Luftwaffe targets in the UK. Make a Battle of Britain clasp and understand it to be the service medal awarded to ‘The Few’.