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Welcome to the Shang Dynasty! 

This Half term, year 4 are learning about the Shang Dynasty. We started by understanding that dynasty means a family of rulers. We thought about what the symbol of our own dynasty would look like and made these out of clay. We went on to look at different symbols of Chinese culture including dragons, Chinese writing and ying/yang. Some children collaged a picture of the first king, King Tang of Shang. 

Click the link below to see some of our other fantastic work which isn't linked to our topic. 

To understand more,  we looked at some sources of evidence. We spent some time looking at clues to think about what they were and who they belonged to. The children each took on the role of the person who may have owned that item.


The children then considered the hierarchy and they needed to decide who would be the most and least important by ordering themselves. We all decided that the king would be highest and peasant lowest. We were surprised to find out that astronomers were more important than farmers. 

This half term, Year 4 are learning about states of matter in science.  In our first week back, we discussed how liquids flow and the processes of the water cycle. This week, we thought about how the flow of water caused floods during the Shang Dynasty. The Chinese people, from this early civilisation, created the first irrigation system and we tried to make our own. 
It's always a great week when we get to make a try food!  We had a task to try and make porridge exciting, just like they would in the Shang Dynasty. Porridge is very healthy and can keep us going all day so it was ideal for the Shang farmers. 
To further understand ancient Chinese culture, the children recreated a market place. They worked in groups to make the most money. This wasn't always easy as some merchants were disloyal and tried to haggle! 
This week, we have been learning about Lady Fu Hao. She was the first ever female warrior. We found out that we know about her because of her amazing tomb. We found artefacts and thought about what kind of person she would be. We also thought about what artefacts we would want to take on in our journeys into adult life. We invited parents in to help us create a time capsule.