This block provides you with key information about the Shang Dynasty, including its geography, kings and timeline. Consider how we evaluate the reliability of sources.
Discover the farming and cookery of the Shang Dynasty. Explore farming practices, ingredients, and the importance of the silk worm in this early civilisation. Try painting on silk.
If you enjoy 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.
Investigate the Shang bronze manufacturing process and 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.
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.
Learn about 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.
Research the cities and societies of this dynasty, as well as the lives and roles of the people. Use your knowledge as the basis of your own board game about the Shang.
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.