Gone are the days where our education system solely emphasised reading and memorising from the books. The benefits of a holistic education far outweigh one that only has learning in the classroom. One great way that students can have an out-of-the-classroom experience is through school learning journeys.
Learning Journey Ideas in Singapore
There are many great places in Singapore for kids to go on learning journeys. For starters, we’ve come up with a list of some locations where students can engage in hands-on learning.
Getting Artsy: Thow Kwang Pottery
Did you know that there are only two dragon kilns left in Singapore?
Want to learn more about them? Try going for a hands-on pottery class and Historical Dragon Kiln Tour at Thow Kwang Pottery!
Run by passionate pottery lover, Mrs Tan, and her staff, visitors will find that the pottery industry is more than just producing wares or firing a kiln. This highly-engaging learning journey location allows children to interact with clay, exercise their creativity and practise their motor skills, all while learning about ceramics.
A tour at Thow Kwang Pottery typically includes a visit to the dragon kiln, a demonstration of the potter’s wheel and a hands-on pottery-making session where children will get to glaze (paint) their master pieces which they can then collect in three to four weeks after it has been dried and fired.
Thow Kwang Pottery also runs activities such as family day events and individual workshops. More details can be found on their website.
Thow Kwang Pottery
Address: No. 85 Lorong Tawas via Clean Tech View, Singapore 639823
Visit A Local Farmer’s Market: Kok Fah Technology Farm
Kok Fah Technology Farm (KFTF) is a local family-owned business that has been selling fresh leafy vegetables in Singapore for the past 30 years.
While they employ high-tech machinery and equipment to assist in the farming processes, they still stay true to their roots (pun intended) with daily operations run by the second generation of the family.
Kok Fah Technology Farm is an excellent learning journey location where students can embark on one their enriching tours and learn about produce such as Kai Lan, Kang Kong, Spinach and Bok Choy.
Students will be able to witness farmers carrying out day-to-day activities like transplanting and harvesting of crops. They will also learn about the many nutrients in plants and may even get the chance to make their own fresh salads with produce straight from the greenhouse.
Teachers bringing school groups on learning journeys can even indicate what students are learning in class so that appropriate parts of the school syllabus can be incorporated into the tours.
The farm has even organised family day events at the farm in the past. Simply ask the friendly staff via email for more details. Do note that the minimum number of participants is 20 students.
Kok Fah Technology Farm
Address: 18 Sungei Tengah Road, Singapore 698974
Learning About Hydroponic Farming: Oh’ Farm
Oh Chin Huat Hydroponic Farms Pte Ltd, also known as “Oh’ Farms”, is a pioneer among hydroponics farms in Singapore.
Founded in 1991. Oh’ Farms initially started out growing tropical vegetables and subsequently it expanded to growing high-value aromatic herbs.
One of Oh’ Farms’ commitments to education and the community. In this respect, it is definitely a great place to visit to learn about hydroponic farming, or vegetable and herb farming in general.
Oh’ Farm offers a range of tour programmes that cover topics such as butterflies, herbs and spices, hydroponics and health. Many of these tours include hands-on activities and gifts that make excellent mementoes of the tour!
For more information on bookings, check out the details on their website.
Address: 14A, Bah Soon Pah Road, Singapore 769970 (located within Nee Soon Agrotechnology Parks)
Flora and Fauna Of The Garden City: Gardens by the Bay
More than just a popular tourist attraction, Gardens by the Bay is also a great spot for educational school learning journeys.
Gardens by the Bay offers both Facilitated Programmes for school-organised trips and resources for self-guided visits.
Teachers can bring students for self-guided tours around the public area where the hundreds of different species of plants on display can be used as object lessons. They can also be used to bring up important conversations about taking care of the earth and nature.
The Facilitated Programmes engage students of different age groups in a variety of topics, from English, Science, Art and even Maths! They can also introduce students and children to topics such as biodiversity, sustainability and nature conservation.
Gardens by the Bay
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Inspiring National Pride: Singapore Sports Hub
An integrated sports, entertainment, and lifestyle hub, Singapore Sports Hub is definitely an iconic place.
Go on a learning journey to Singapore Sports Hub to introduce students to Singapore’s sporting achievements and introduce them to the role Singapore Sports Hub plays in promoting sporting excellence and a sport culture in Singapore.
Singapore Sports Hub consistently engages educators from schools across various levels, from primary to tertiary, by offering free educational learning journeys. They have two learning journeys programmes available.
The first covers the Singapore Sports Museum and focusses on the museum’s collection and Singapore’s sports achievements.
The second learning journey consists of a tour of Singapore Sports Hub and allows students to visit its various facilities.
To register for a learning journey programme, email Singapore Sports Hub at firstname.lastname@example.org
Singapore Sports Hub
Address: 5 Stadium Drive, Singapore 397631
A Hopping Good Time: Jurong Frog Farm
Apart from being a successful supplier of frogs to restaurants and other eateries, Jurong Frog Farm also conducts educational tours with different interactive activities that promise a “hopping good time” for visitors.
With live displays and demonstrations, students will be able to hand-feed the frogs, learn how to differentiate between a male and female frog, observe how frogs camouflage in their “natural environment” and learn how frogs breathe through their skin.
Preschoolers get treated to a fun and interactive tour with story-telling activities. They will be able to put their frog- and tadpole-catching skills to the test in the “Catch-A-Tadpole” Activity.
Primary school students will not only be able to see realistic representations of the life cycle of a frog, but also discover the innovation behind running a frog farm. With 10,000 American bullfrogs, it is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience that they won’t soon forget.
The tours also come with a cute souvenir for students to bring home. Both tours will have a minimum billing for 20 pax. We had our own unforgettable experience at the Jurong Frog Farm which you can read about here.
Jurong Frog Farm
Address: 56 Lim Chu Kang Lane 6, Singapore 719164