Identity, society and equality
This half term, year 4 are studying the Shang Dynasty as part of ancient China. We started by discussing hierarchy. The children discovered artefacts and took on the role of the person who may have owned that item. The children then 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.
We have also been looking at hierarchies in 4EB. We all thought that a merchant would be higher than a farmer, but found that merchants were lower as they could be very dishonorable!
We talked lots about whether it would be fair to treat someone differently based on where they were in society. We decided that it wouldn't be very fair and we should treat everyone the same, but people higher up in society, like craftworkers, might have more money. We thought this as craftworkers might have more skills, and make more things to sell in order to get more money.