History KS2: Introducing the Shang Dynasty

We follow Li, a farmer boy, and his father as they deliver some ox bones to the Shang Emperor's palace.

These oracle bones are used to foretell the future.

They are one of our main sources of information about the Shang Dynasty, who ruled part of China about 3,500 years ago.

We have also found lots of artefacts in tombs.

The Shang developed writing amongst other inventions.

This Bronze Age society developed a powerful army using bronze weapons.

This clip is from the series Lost Lands.

Teacher Notes

Could be used to explore Bronze Age culture, and contrast the Shang with Bronze Age Britain.

It could also be used to explore change, from Stone Age to Bronze Age.

Bronze weapons made the Shang powerful – how were they better than stone?

It could be used to help the students explore beliefs - how many gods did the Shang have, and how did they communicate with them? Why were the bones so important?

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching History at Key Stage 2 and Second Level.

More from the series Lost Lands

The story of the Benin bronzes
Introduction to the Indus Valley
Introducing Ancient Egypt
Introducing Ancient Sumer
Introducing the Maya civilisation
Baghdad in 900AD