Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School


History - The Shang Dynasty


Monday 1st February

How do we know about the Shang Dynasty?

In this lesson you will be learning all about an ancient Chinese civilisation called the Shang Dynasty! You are going to find out how we know about the Shang, by looking at the ancient artefacts and writing archaeologists have found.


Tuesday 2nd February

How did the Shang Dynasty begin?

In this lesson, you are going to be learning all about how the Shang Dynasty began, with the first ruler: Emperor Tang.


Wednesday 3rd February

What was life like for people in the Shang Dynasty?

In this lesson, you will learn all about what life was like for different people living in the Shang Dynasty. You will find out about the food they ate, the jobs they had, and how society was structured.


Thursday 4th February

What did the Shang people believe?

In this lesson, you will learn all about the belief systems of the Shang, including how they worshipped their ancestors. We'll learn about the supreme god Shangdi, and how the priests used Oracle bones to try and speak to the spirits of their ancestors.


Friday 5th February

How were Shang people's beliefs similar and different to other people's at the time?

In this lesson we will be learning about other civilisations from around the world at the same time as the Shang Dynasty. We'll think about some of the beliefs these different civilisations held, and how they are similar and different.


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