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P4 Social Studies Learning Journey

The Primary 4 pupils went for their Social Studies Learning Journey on the 9th, February, 2nd March, 9th March, 23rd March and 30th March 2017 to the National Museum of Singapore. The interactive learning journey provided pupils an opportunity to find out more about Singapore’s rich history through exciting tales from the past. Pupils learnt more about Singapore’s early days through storytelling, role-play and experiential learning. They also had a chance to participate in hands-on educational workshops inspired by the tour and artefacts from the museum collection for a multi-disciplinary, holistic and reflective learning experience. The pupils really enjoyed the trip and they are looking forward to visit the gallery again.

Some reflections from our students:
“When I visited the National Museum of Singapore, I learnt about Singapore’s history and the people’s lives in the past. I was excited when I saw the rickshaw used by the coolies. I heard that they had a difficult life back then as compared to mine now. I am so lucky to be born in this era. I enjoyed visiting the museum and if I had a chance, I would like to try riding on a rickshaw.”
-Kureha, 4 Honesty-

“During my visit to the museum, I learnt about the lives of Amahs. They are girls who are employed by a family to do housework and look after their children. I have learnt that during the night, they sleep on a slab of concrete to ensure that their hair buns stay intact. I find it very uncomfortable. I feel fortunate now as I am able to live comfortably as compared to them. My favourite part of the visit was doing the artwork where we got to draw about Singapore in the past and present.”
-Eda Tun, 4 Excellence-

“During my visit to the museum, I learnt about the lives and jobs of the early settlers. The early settlers did not have clean toilets and a flushing system. They used buckets instead of toilet bowls. Some of the early settlers worked as night soil collectors collecting night soil and transferring the human waste to gardens and plantations. It was a highly laborious process. I feel fortunate to be able to live with the kinds of toilet that we have today.”
-Gena Lee, 4 Diligence-

“During my visit to the museum, I learnt in the past, there were no taxis, but there were rickshaws. The rickshaws were built in a way that there were catered according to the comfort of the passengers. There were rickshaws that accommodate to only one passenger each while there are others which can accommodate up to two passengers. Adding on to the visit, I also learnt that in the past, things were cheaper. A bowl of noodles can cost around 3 to 5 cents! That’s cheap. I also enjoyed listening to the guide who took us back in time and told us stories about the past. It was very educational to me.”
-Nurhana, 4 Loyalty-

“I learnt in the past, many of the early settlers suffered from carrying heavy things from their back. They worked for long hours but were paid very little. 10 cents was a big amount at that time. At many of them earned around 3 cents per day. At the same time, I also learnt about how the life of the amah employers, the type of clothes they wear and how they eat at the dining table. I enjoyed viewing the exhibits that showcased the items used by the people in the past.”
-Sendooran, 4 Compassion-