Source-based Learning
Investigating the Past / Early Beginnings, 1300-1819

These trails have been specifically designed to complement Source-based Learning for Secondary 1 and 2 students. Based at Fort Canning Hill, the trails will explore the following topics and/or skills:

  • Understanding different sources of information
  • Critical thinking skills: Recognising bias, distinguishing between fact and opinion
  • Process learning skills: Corroboration of evidence

Recommended for Secondary 1 & 2

Of Rajas, Sultans & an Island – A Trail of Murder & Mystery™

Exploration of 14th-Century Singapore at Fort Canning Hill & Asian Civilisations Museum

  • Take on the role of young historians to trace Singapore’s history in the 14th century.
  • Proof or disproof hypothesis regarding Ancient Singapore by engaging with primary sources such as archaeological and museum artefacts.
  • Learn to interpret and corroborate history with excavation findings at the archaeological excavation site and the mysterious 14th century tomb at Fort Canning Hill.
  • Understand Singapore’s historical link with Majapahit, Malacca and the Johore-Riau Sultanatate.

Exploring Fort Canning Hill™

  • Take on the role of young historians to trace Singapore’s history from the 14th to the 19th century.
  • Analyze historical remains from various sites at Fort Canning Hill such as an old Christian cemetery, site of 9-pound cannon and Fort Gateway.
  • Study primary and secondary sources regarding these historical periods.
  • Understand the constancy and transformation of Singapore through these centuries.