Primary School Atlas

The above was the atlas I used in my Primary School in the 60s/70s. It was published by Macmillan and Co. Ltd in 1965. Of course during my time, studying of atlas was important. Simple tests were conducted to see if you studied;

Similar test also in English for English School. Here is another old map of Singapore in the 60s;

You may note that the word ” 星” was used instead of ” 新”.

OK, here is another interesting Products of Singapore atlas. There seem to be plenty of Pineapple farms in Singapore then. Note also the Granite quarry in P. Ubin and mainland;

Here was the Population Distribution in Singapore in the 60s – it was densely populated in the South-East location then;

Now in the 21st century, the population distribution has changed as seen in my son’s Primary 4 Atlas book;

Note that the above atlas – the SE location is no longer densely populated!

Also note the new Atlas book used by my son when he was in Primary 4 in 2004;

Of course, the atlas was used in his Social Studies lesson instead of Geography. It was printed by Times Printers Pte Ltd.

Not forgetting one of the best classroom games played in my times was to find the location/country listed by one of the classmates and finding that within a stipulated time on the atlas book. Of course, some of the countries’ names have been changed now.


7 Responses to “Primary School Atlas”

  1. 1 Victor Koo Monday, July 2, 2007 at 10:31 am

    Notice also that our coastline looked different in the 1960s, especially around the areas in the Changi, Marina Bay and Southern islands. Land reclaimation was how young Singapore created more land for her growing population.

    However, there is only so much land that we could reclaim from the sea before we are in danger of incurring the wrath of our neighbours. One of them did raise some very strong dissatisfaction a few years ago when we reclaimed westward and northward. It also probably explains why another neighbour banned sand export to us.

    The next phase of “reclaimation” can only be skywards as the airspace above our island belongs to us. That’s why we are seeing HDB blocks and condominiums which are 40-storey tall or even higher. Otherwise, how could we accommodate 6.5 million people in the future?

  2. 2 laokokok Monday, July 2, 2007 at 10:44 am

    You are right Victor, our coastline has since changed tremendously – in fact beyond recognition. Just take Beach Road for example haha.

  3. 3 profkingsfield2004 Monday, July 2, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    The geography textbooks of the 1950s to mid-1960s for primary schools in Singapore contained many information about Malaya and to some extent Singapore. It was here that I learnt about physical geography – the contours and economic geography – tin mining, rubber industry, ports of Sweetenham, Penang & Singapore. This gave us a strong foundation (at least of my generation) to locate towns and cities in Malaya (now Malaysia). I hear today’s primary school generation dont even know what we knew then or even towns like Alor Star.

    Then politics took over and dictated much of the Singapore textbooks.

  4. 4 laokokok Wednesday, July 4, 2007 at 7:39 am

    For my son (sec.1), Geography is taught for half a semester only – same goes for History. So what they learn is really very limited.

  5. 5 PROFKINGSFIELD2004 Wednesday, July 4, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    Then they spent hours in school learning what?

    Mathematics, Sciences? Now wownder we produce one-track mind (if you know what I mean).

  6. 6 laokokok Thursday, July 5, 2007 at 7:49 am

    Frankly Peter, for not important subjects like History, Geography, “Technical”, Art, etc… these subjects are taught for only half a semester. Buying the text books are really a waste of money…much times have spent on projects where parents can’t track the progress and outcome – so we can’t complain haha.

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