As an exciting introduction to Year 6's World War II topic, the children visited the historical site of Fort Siloso on Sentosa Island to find out how Singapore was involved in this momentous historical event.
The children spent the morning exploring what happened at Fort Siloso, what the fate of Singapore was following Japanese invasion, the mistakes that were made and what happened by the end of the war. They heard what life was like as a soldier at Fort Siloso before the war, and read about the experiences of Prisoners of War and the effects of occupation, including propaganda, rationing, language and currency. One student said: "It's important for us to experience how different life was for soldiers without the technology that we have today. It was fascinating to see the coastal guns and the remains of the tunnels."
In addition to bringing to life the many historical themes studied in class, the trip adds to the children's learning in Humanities, ICT, Art and English, which are linked to the impact of war on a global scale, particularly on its effect on the island of Singapore.