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Spring 1

The Shang Dynasty

This half term we are learning all about the Shang Dynasty! Our learning adventure will take us back in time to Ancient China, to learn all about how it was ruled in the past. 

Spring 1 Newsletter

We had a wonderful first day back, starting to learn about the Shang Dynasty and important parts of Chinese culture. We looked at the flag, the yin yang symbol, Chinese lanterns, dragons, and even had a go at writing our names in Chinese! 

Our classroom is looking absolutely amazing after our creativity!


We've learnt that during the Shang Dynasty, their was a hierarchy in society. We had a go at putting ourselves in order based on which jobs we were given. We had some wonderful discussions about whether it was fair or not, and if people should be treated differently based on where they were in society. 


The top of society- the rulers and the nobilityThe military and the farmersThe merchants and the peasants, at the bottom of society

We've read a story about the first king of the Shang Dynasty, who was called King Tang. In the story, we learnt that there was a drought and lots of people couldn't grow their crops and became poor. They were so poor they had to sell their children!

We know that water is something very important, and so we've started to look at the water cycle. We had a go and pretending to be the sea, and we got warmed up by the sun and evaporated. As we rose higher, we got colder and condensed into a cloud. The wind blew us over the land, and we started to fall from the cloud as rain! 

Once the rain was back in the sea, the sun heated the sea up again and they cycle carried on!