It was an exciting day out for the children at Blossom Aspiration Centre when we went on a thematic excursion to Qian Hu Fish Farm on 4 September 2012 in conjuction with our Term 3 theme ‘Under the Sea’. In class, the children have read and heard so much about fishes, next up was the opportunity to observe fishes in real life! The children were in high spirits as we toured the fish farm. Led by a friendly guide, we started our day at the fish packing section. The children observed the packing step-by-step and watched in concentration as the guide explained how fry are packed in plastic bags of air before being delivered to customers.
Next, we proceeded to the ‘Breeding Area’ where ornamental fishes were kept in individual aquariums with suitable living conditions to help them reproduce. The children were fascinated with the various species of fish, their colours, shapes and sizes were such a sight to behold! They were amazed to learn that Skipper fishes are placed inside aquariums as cleaners to clean and suck up all the bacteria and dirt! The guide continued to lead us to another breeding room where the children had the opportunity to see the Dragon fish. We were told that these varieties were imported from Europe.
The children squealed with glee as the guide introduced us to the stingrays. It was interesting to watch and observe closely the stingrays swimming in water. The coloured stingrays caught the attention of the younger children as they clamoured for space in front and plastered their faces close to the huge tanks, eager to get a closer look at the fascinating creatures!
“One, two, three, four, five, once I caught a fish alive…” The most unforgettable part of the farm tour was when the children had the opportunity to catch some little fishes in a pond! At the pond the children squatted and stretched their arms as far out as possible as they concentrated with all their might and tried their hardest to catch some fishes. It was indeed a difficult and patient task that required alot of effort and eye-hand coordination from the children.
To add to the children’s excitement, each of us were given a few ornamental fish and a fish tank before leaving the fish farm. The children could not wait to see their fishes swimming freely in their tanks as for most of the children, they are first-time proud pet owners!