Today to tune into our new inquiry into how The world has changed in our lifetimes, we went on a field trip. To begin with we took the school bus to the Botanic Gardens MRT.
Some of our observations from the MRT station:
Maanya: It's air conditioned in here.
Darshan: Why don't we take the escalator or elevator instead of the stairs?
James: I know what to do here. We have to scan our tickets or cards.
Ryo: It's automated. You need your ticket again at the exit to get out.
We waited on the platform for the train to come.
Qaseh: You need to wait for people to come off the train before you get on.
Ameen: Then you need to get on fast before the doors close.
Ryo: That tells you when the next train is coming. It's two minutes. Now it's one minute.
Cesca: There's no driver.
Ryo: It's because it's automated.
Chaitanya: It's by computer.
Justin: And it's all underground.
Qaseh: It's all dark. It's underground. Before trains were light. They were above ground.
Cesca: But sometimes they are still above ground. Sometimes they go above ground and sometimes below ground. But this one is all under ground.
Dante: It's a really long tunnel.
Ameen: And it's electric.
Flynn: A long time ago trains weren't electric.
Freya: They ran on coal.
Flynn: Or steam sometimes.
After we got off the MRT, we walked to the old Bukit Timah train station.
Justin: Is that from the train?
Chaitanya: Where did it go?
Ameen: Malaysia? KL? That must have been like a whole day trip by train. What was it, like 12 hours or something?
Chaitanya: It's got grass now.
Maanya: There are only some tracks and then it's grass.
Cesca: Because it's closed down now.
Chaitanya: There's an airplane!
Justin: It's probably because people can just take a plane now.
Ryo: In the past, people didn't travel by plane so much, because it was expensive.
Ameen: Now a lot of people travel by plane. It's faster.
Freya: Flynn found a frog.
Maanya: And I saw lots and lots of butterflies.
Chaitanya: Is this a jungle? It looks like a jungle?
Darshan: Were there tigers here in this area before? I can see the area has changed a lot.
Ryo: And now it is becoming a jungle again. Now that the train is closed.
Qaseh: This looks like it was from a really long time ago.
Seheon: That's where people waited for the train. They could sit there and wait.
Elliot: And they had to go through that little gate there.
James: You would buy a ticket. And there would be someone waiting there, like a policeman, to check the tickets before you got on the train. There are still trains like that in China.
Justin: I've been on a train like that in China. And there are tables you can sit and eat at.
Cesca: I don't know what those are called, but I know that you use it so a train can change tracks.
Flynn: This is the Bukit Timah train station. I know, because I saw a sign by the solar pannel.
Justin: There was a big sign too.
Chaitanya: This would have been the road for the cars to drive up to the station probably. Now people just use it to walk.
Darshan: Those buildings would not be here. They would be new. There are lots of new roads too.
From there, we boarded the school bus again and went to the Dairy Farm Nature Park and Wallace Education Centre where we had lunch and looked at some changes to Singapore and specifically the Dairy Farm area.
Ameen: There's a cow. Why is there a cow there? Look! There are more cows! Why are there cows everywhere?
Ryo: Because this is Dairy Farm Nature Park. It's the name.
Freya: Wait a second, I think I know. Look at this picture. Wow, it used to be a dairy farm.
Ameen: Was this area a dairy farm? Is that why it is called that? But look at the picture. It looks like it was quite a long time ago.
James: Now there are so many buildings instead.
Flynn: It said the last tiger was killed in 1932.
Freya: And it was shot.
Justin: Because they didn't want the tigers to attack people when they built the train or rode the train. But actually way more tigers were killed by people than people killed by tigers.
Freya: And there was something else. The last one was killed by dogs.
Ms Leah: The banded leaf monkey?
Ms Leah: There are still a few in McRitchie and Pierce Reservoir, but it was the last one in Bukit Timah.
Freya: In the 1980's, I think.
Today was the ISS Student-led Conferences. We invited our families in to teach them what we do at school.
We researched an animal of interest using non-fiction books, focusing on their life cycle and adaptations. Afterwards, students created books, flow charts on Popplets, comic books or books to show their learning and presented them to the class.
This week we have started presenting our personal timelines and began looking at how people change over time. So far we have found many similarities!
Today we had some special visitors. Julie, Flynn's mom, came in and brought Archie, Flynn's cat. She answered our questions about the life cycle of a cat, adaptations, and told us about how Flynn and his family care for Archie and their two other cats. Do you know Archie knows how to shake a paw? He is one cool, laid-back cat!
Today for World Health Day we started the day with a school Mass Workout. Everyone congregated on the upper playground for some nice exercises to start the day. What a great way to start the morning!
We also had a fruit picnic, and did some meditation for mindfulness.
Happy World Health Day, everyone!