Creepy Castle Descriptions

Good authors have a talent in creating a picture in the reader’s mind using descriptive language. When writing, take the time to describe the setting and scenes properly.

Don’t TELL your reader everything, SHOW them through your vocabulary.

Rather than saying It was raining heavily.

Write  Heavy droplets pounded against the window pane as the murky clouds obscured her view.

Make sure you not only describe what the reader could SEE, but also what they could feel, hear, smell and taste if they were in the scene.

Check out these amazing creepy castles!

Can you write an amazing 5 line description of a castle?

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5/6J, Log in and type your description as a comment!

End of Term Creativity

Visit some of the sites below to create fun comics, images and pictures.

Blabberize makes photos with moving mouths that you can add speaking to!

Make your own comics without logging in at Make Beliefs Comics.

Make Beliefs Comix

Make your own mindmap at Popplet!

If you make something, download and save it and email it to Miss B!


What other fun things do you like creating on the internet? Add a comment to this padlet wall!

Waratah Still Life

The Waratah is the national emblem of New South Wales. It is a large red flower, native to Australia.

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An Australian artist, Margaret Preston made several artworks depicting the Waratah, usually as a painting, a lino cut or a wood cut.

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Many artists have sought to create artworks using the distinct and unusual shape of the Waratah, using various medium.

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– recognise the features of a still life artwork

– describe other people’s still life artworks


I can name 4 things that are found in still life artworks

I can recall the name of 3 artists who painted still lifes

I can draw the shape of a Waratah flower and its leaves

I can use acrylic paint affectively




Using Popplet

Last week 5/6J Students had their first attempt at using Popplet to create a mind map.

We were brainstorming what life was like in the 1800s in Australia. Check out our Popplets below. We were experimenting with ways to build a Popplet and ways to organise information.

We found it frustrating when we couldn’t delete a ‘popple’ though!

NB: A ‘popple’ is one thought on a Popplet!

Leave us a comment and tell us, which Popplets did you like the best?

What else do you know about life in the 1800s?


Bottle Still Life


– recognise the features of a still life artwork

– arrange shapes using the foreground and background


I can name 4 things that are found in still life artworks

I can recall the name of 3 artists who painted still lifes

I can describe the shape of objects in still lifes

I can accurately draw a range of bottles

I can use a chalk pastels to make the bottles look see through

The still life paintings below are by Giorgio Morandi. He was an Italian artist who lived from 1890–1964. He mostly painted still lifes (called natura morta in Italian) and his favourite subject was of bottles. There are even some of his artworks in the Art Gallery of NSW.












Morandi would arrange the bottles and other paraphernalia on a table top and then paint and draw them. He would use  pastel colours and would create shadows to show that the bottles overlap.

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Check out these pictures of different glass coloured bottles.

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We can create an artwork of overlapping see through bottles using chalk pastels on black paper.


Miss B knows a cool trick for getting the bottle to look symmetrical!



Morning Routine 2016

Morning Routine is that great time of day (in the morning – obviously) where we practise practise practise skills and learn new facts and vocabulary!

Here are some photographs of our whiteboards after morning routine is finished.

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Share something you have learned in Morning Routine by adding to the Padlet boards below!


NAPLAN Preparation

NAPLAN will be held next term! Eek! That will come around fast.

But how well do you know the NAPLAN tests? Take the quiz below to find out.

There are a few sites online that let you practise for NAPLAN.

Click here to practise the NAPLAN Spelling test. 

Click here to practise the NAPLAN Grammar and Punctuation Test


For the reading test, you get a magazine to read and a test with questions

Click here to see a sample of the Year 5 Magazine

Click here to see a sample of the questions that go with that magazine.


Got any tips for NAPLAN? Leave a comment and help out your peers!


Colloquial Language

Last week 5/6J were learning about using colloquial language (slang, local sayings) in texts.

Colloquialisms can make persuasive texts and other forms of writing more entertaining and make the reader relate to the author.

We watched some videos of people using colloquialisms. Here were two of our favourites.



Why don’t you leave a comment and tell us what your favourite colloquialisms are?  (Blimey! Good idea!)