Learning Journey for Primary 4 (Singapore River)

Apr 14, 15 Learning Journey for Primary 4 (Singapore River)

I am a seasoned Frontierer. I have been in this school for 4 years now and I am enjoying myself. Every year, the school will conduct wonderful Learning Journeys (LJ) for us. Obviously, this LJ was not the first one that I was going with my schoolmates. Nevertheless, I must admit that I was still very excited when I learnt where we were going. LJs are one of the highlights for me every year in Frontier Primary School. ! I woke up earlier than usual that morning and reached school with a broad smile on my face.  I saw my friends in the canteen and like me, they were equally thrilled too.

We, the Primary 4 pupils were going on a Learning Journey to Singapore River. Before we left the school, we attended a short briefing in the school hall. After which, we boarded the bus and chatted animatedly along the journey.

The Singapore River has a special place in the nation’s history. If you want to know more about Singapore River, you can check this site: http://singapore-river.com/docs/history.html

I extract a section from this website to give you a historical perspective of the Singapore River.

“The Singapore River precinct, with three distinctive quays – Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay – is the historic heart of the city and the foundation upon which Singapore has been built. Its diverse offerings and welcoming ambience are a draw for both locals and visitors. Its preservation and continued vitality are important for reasons both economic and cultural.

Singapore River has always played a pivotal role in Singapore’s Development. Legend has it that Sang Nila Utama, an ancient Sumatran prince, once landed along the river and saw an animal that he thought to be a lion, whereupon he named the island Singa Pure, or “Lion City.” In 1819, Sir Stamford Raffles arrived on Singapore River and established a British trading outpost. For more than a century afterward, the river was Singapore’s main commercial lifeline.

In the early days, the Singapore River provided an ideal natural artery around which the city could flourish as trade ebbed and flowed across the archipelago. The transformation from tidal creek to port and commercial centre was necessary to the rapid growth of the island as an entrepôt in Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, the river also suffered problems with congestion and pollution over the years. From the initial days of flourishing trade and activity, the Singapore River had become heavily polluted…”

Recently, I learnt more about the river being very polluted and that one man played a major part in cleaning our river. That is a wonderful story but I shall let you find out more yourself. If you want to know more about the Singapore River, do read more in the website given above.

At the Old Parliament House.

At the Old Parliament House.

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Look at that beautiful Merlion!

Look at that beautiful Merlion!

Taking a closer look at the Sculptures along Singapore River.

Taking a closer look at the Sculptures along Singapore River.

Back to the LJ experience. The guide took us to places near the Central Area of the River to rediscover and understand the purposes of the buildings at the Civic District. It was truly a good opportunity for us to see and learn more about the historical buildings, monuments and a part of Singapore’s colonial history. Some of the places we visited were The Merlion Park, Cavenagh Bridge, The Old and New Parliament house and many more. We also saw the sculptures along Singapore River. These are places that I have never really visited before though I am a Singaporean. I am glad that the school arranged this learning journey for us!

Besides sightseeing, we also had some tasks to complete using the Ipads. I enjoyed interacting with my classmates and we had a great bonding time in completing the activities and appreciating the landmark buildings around us! I think LJs are a wonderful way to educate all of us.

Taking a selfie with the Ipad. SMILE!

Taking a selfie with the Ipad. SMILE!

Completing our task using the Ipad.

Completing our task using the Ipad.