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Earliest Civilisations: Shang Dynasty
The Shang Timeline

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.

Session 1 Where is China?

Objectives

History

  • Children should undertake an in- depth study of The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China.

Geography

  • Children should locate the world’s countries using maps, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities.

Teaching and Activities

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

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To find out where China is and where the Shang Dynasty ruled.
  • To label a modern map of China with the extent of the Shang Dynasty rule.

Children will:

  • Explain where China is in the world.
  • Decode some of the landscape features of China from mapping conventions.
  • Transcribe historical boundaries and city locations from one map to another.

Provided Resources

  • Pictures of China's landscapes
  • Map showing extent of Shang Dynasty

You Will Need

  • Globes
  • Atlases
  • Online mapping

Session 2 When was the Shang Dynasty?

Objectives

History

  • Pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Children should undertake an in-depth study of The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China.

Maths

  • Children should interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through zero.
  • Children should multiply and divide numbers mentally drawing upon known facts.

Teaching and Activities

Produce a timeline of significant Shang rulers.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To create a timeline of the Shang Dynasty.
  • To place dates on a timeline into negative numbers BCE.

Children will:

  • Work out how long ago the Shang Dynasty existed.
  • Create a timeline of CE dynasties.
  • Create a timeline of BCE Shang Dynasty.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 3 Fact or fiction?

Objectives

History

  • Children should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of source.
  • Children should undertake an in-depth study of The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China.

English

  • Reading comprehension including making comparisons within and across books, distinguish between statements of fact and opinion, retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction.

Teaching and Activities

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

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To evaluate the reliability of different sources about the Shang.
  • To discuss and present their evaluation of the reliability of different sources.

Children will:

  • Research questions in texts and online on a historical topic.
  • Learn to distinguish between fact and fiction.
  • Evaluate the reliability of sources.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 4 Would I lie to you?

Objectives

History

  • They should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.
  • Children should undertake an in-depth study of The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China.

English

  • Pupils’ confidence, enjoyment and mastery of language should be extended through public speaking, performance and debate.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To create a fictional Shang king based on their knowledge of Shang kings.
  • To play ‘Would I Lie to You?’ game utilizing their knowledge of the Shang kings.

Children will:

  • Select and present their research.
  • Be able to distinguish between fact and fiction based on their research.
  • Present their research to the class.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.