Scheme of Work: The Shang Dynasty

Primary Scheme of Work, Key Stage 2 History (unresourced)

By Alf Wilkinson, published 4th January 2017

What can we tell about the Shang Dynasty from Fu Hao's tomb?

Children can be introduced to evidence of the Shang Dynasty in China from the tomb of Fu Hao, dated around 1250BC and discovered in 1976. They can use the evidence to find out about the Shang, but also to find out what we can’t tell about the Shang from one grave, thereby opening up other areas of enquiry.

This unit is structured around 5 sequential history enquiries:

  1. When and where did the Shang live?
  2. What was found in Fu Hao’s tomb?
  3. What does this tell us about life in Shang times?
  4. What do we still need to know and where might we find the answers to our questions?
  5. How important was Fu Hao?

Please note: While this unit contains resource suggestions, it is not a fully resourced scheme of work, and the resources it refers to may in some cases only be available to full members of the HA.

The majority of the HA schemes of work were produced between 2014-2019 by members of the HA primary committee and its affiliates. These schemes of work are designed to support your planning and should be moulded and adapted to fit the context and needs of your own school. 

To view a free sample scheme of work, please refer to our Anglo-Saxons unit.

We regularly check the hyperlinks included in the schemes but unfortunately every now and again some links may go out of date. If you spot a broken link, please let us know on

This resource is FREE to all registered users of the website

If you are not already registered you can sign up for FREE Basic Website Access or Join the HA to access this content.