The topic we started with this week talks about different jobs people do underground.
First the children brainstormed what can possibly live under the sea and also what other things we can find under the ground before we explored the jobs that a person can do underground.
The easiest part for them was mentioning creatures living under the sea such as octopuses, whales, turtles, fish and starfish. They then associated these with scuba divers who dive under water to admire the lovely world that exists down under. This is a song they really enjoyed singing to:
Under The Sea song –
The children pretended to be various creatures under the sea during one of our PE sessions on turf. Here are a couple of photos where they are pretending to be starfish.
They also came up with a list of creatures which we can find underground. Animals like rabbits, moles, foxes, mice, snakes, ants, worms and other tiny creatures. Roots of plants and trees grow in soil.
There were a few children who mentioned precious minerals such as gold, diamonds and coal. Bones were also mentioned which can be excavated and dug out. Thus archeologists, diggers and miners come into play.
The children became aware that since the beginning of time mankind realised that underground could be used to their advantage. Thus they explored and used underground caves to live in such as the caves in Ghar Dalam.
By time they also built their own homes underground such as Tarxien temples and the Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni. Thus we have people who study history as well as archeologists already mentioned above who look at items found under ground.
The Maltese built tunnels to hide under ground during war and used them as a hiding place where they could plan their attacks. (The children watched the 1st five minutes of the following video clip).
The Maltese also dug tunnels for the vapur tal-art to pass through. The train operated between Mdina and Valletta passing through villages like Hamrun, Birkirkara, Attard and Rabat in the late 1800’s and beginning of the 1900’s.
The Malta Railway –
Some children mentioned that they rode on trains when they were abroad and passed through long tunnels so we saw a short video of how trains look nowadays and the difference in the tunnels which are found underground today to those of years back in time.
Underground trains –
The children were really interested when we mentioned the caves, as well as the train history in Malta so maybe you can find the time to take them to one of the caves or temples found on the Maltese Islands or else to the train museum in Attard.
Nowadays tunnels underground are used as sewers and where electricity cables pass through. The children were made aware that workers do actually go underground to fix any damages that might occur.
The craft we decided to do for u-under was the letter u shape which the children glittered in blue to represent the sea. They also coloured in a small fish with rainbow colours which they stuck under the letter u. This craft is stuck on one of our mini bulletin boards in front of the class.