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Taking a walk around the ‘Belly of the Carp’ of Singapore river with primary school children
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Teaching and Learning, 8(1),88-95
Singapore River, even without its slipper-like bumboats and familiar faces of coolies, still evokes feelings of nostalgia among
Singaporeans. There is so much history along that little stretch of water. One needs only to stand in front of a colonial building like
Parliament House and face the old godowns along Lower North Boat Quay to realise that this river basin has seen much comings
and goings. If only Singapore River can talk, the tales it will tell will fire the imagination of our young children.
How can a teacher make both the history and geography of the river come alive for our primary schoolchildren? All it takes is a little walk on a fine day around the 'belly of the carp', so named because the river basin bounded by Cavanagh and Elgin bridges is shaped much like a Chinese carp. The Chinese believe that the carp is a symbol of good luck and that businesses operating off the side of the river along the full belly of the carp will thrive and prosper.
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