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Summer Term 2 - Dynamic Dynasties

Dynamic Dynasties


Welcome to the final project of our academic year. During this project your child will learn about periods of ancient Chinese history. They will have a fantastic memorable experience where they will take part in a drama workshop to learn all about the Shang dynasty. Year 5 will explore the first 5 Chinese dynasties throughout this project and there will be a strong focus on the the Bronze Age Shang Dynasty. The children will learn all about oracle bones, Chinese warfare and the hierarchy of the Shang Dynasty. They will learn about Fu Hao (a great military leader) and will look at significant aspects of life after the Shang Dynasty. 

Dynamic Dynasties Homework

Dynamic Dynasties Project Newsletter

Dynamic Dynasties Knowledge Organiser

Dynamic Dynasties - Big Question

Dynamic Dynasties Curriculum Over view

Shang Dynasty drama workshop- Year 5 had a great time learning all about the Shang Dynasty through drama.

History- Year 5 explored how bronze was used during the Shang Dynasty times and created posters on the information they had found out

English - The children were inspired by some Chinese folktales and used this to write their own narrative poems recalling the story.

Sky Arts week - Year 5 enjoyed a range of activities over this week including creating their own I movie. Here they are composing a soundscape for the poem called ‘Bamboo and the Turtle’ which they could then add to their movie.

Sky Arts Week- Year 5 created freeze frames based on the different verses of the poem ‘Bamboo and the Turtle.’ They then used these images with their soundscapes to create their I movie.

DT- Year 5 had a fantastic afternoon making their own plaster flowers. They learnt all about how the Shang Dynasty created their own moulds to add bronze into to create artefacts in the Shang time, and then they used moulds to try the technique out.

Music - This term in music, year 5 have learnt about the pentatonic scale. They used their knowledge of the scale to compose their own pieces inspired by Chinese music.

Sky Arts Week - During Sky Arts week the children listened to a piece of Chinese music and made marks depending on how that music made them feel. They then created their pieces in paint to portray the emotions and mood changes shown throughout the music.

Wow event- Year 5 have enjoyed a fantastic morning at their Wow event. They met with their adults to paint the plaster flowers they made earlier in the week, created their own stamp based on the Taotie design and then used this to create their own clay casts.

Art- Year 5 explored the taotie design and then enjoyed sketching their own taotie patterns.

Secondary school taster day - Year 5 had an amazing day at John Spendluffe Technology College. They enjoyed tutorial, maths, science, lunch and PE.

English- year 5 have written some amazing biographies about Chang Tang.