Clay Succulents Sculptures

Our final artwork for term 3 is to make as sculpture of some cacti or succulent plants in a pot.

Here is a class in America who did a similar sculpture.

We will be using two types of clay, both air drying. Our fist step will be to make the pots. 

We will be using the coil pot method.

You can choose to smooth the inside only or the outside too. Once our coil pots are dry we will paint them bright colours.

We will then use some clay to make the actual plants. Here are some photos for inspiration.

Let’s have fun with the clay! Hopefully it will not be a disaster like last time!

Pompeii Facts and Opinions

Visit one of these two sites to learn more about Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius

30 Interesting Facts about Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius

Ancient Rome – The City of Pompeii


Add a FACT about Pompeii that you learnt to this wall.


Now Add your own OPINIONS about Pompeii to this wall.


Visit these sites about other Lost Cities and leave a comment sharing a FACT and an OPINION.

Petra, Terracotta Warriors, Skara Brae or Machu Picchu.

Landscape Desert Painting

Learning Intention: We Are Learning To (WALT):

- Blend warm and cool colours together

- Lighten and darken colours using white and black

Success Criteria: What I’m Looking For (WILF):

- Edges of colours blurred together

- Smooth blending of brush strokes

- One colour to show silhouettes

Many artists use oil paints to create artworks. What the pros and cons of using oil paints?


Here are some artworks created with oil paints. Oil paintings can look wet or shiny and sometimes have a thick texture.

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Mixing paints together is part of the fun of painting. We can use white and dark paint to make our colours lighter and darker. In painting, a tint is a colour plus white, a shade is a colour plus black, and a tone is a colour plus grey.

It is important to properly blend colours together to avoid harsh and sharp lines in a landscape, especially to show a sunset sky, like these artworks below.



In these paintings we will use colour blending and tints to create our sky and then tones and shades to create the shadow of the mountains and cacti.



Fact and Opinion

This term 5/6J are learning how to determine what is FACT and what is OPINION when we read.

Authors use a mixture of both depending on what and why they are writing.

Here are some links to activities that help us determine what is FACT and what is OPINION!

Activity One ( A quiz)

Activity Two (You need your headphones)

Activity Three (Snakes and Ladders up a mountain with facts thrown in!)

Activity Four  (Another Quiz) 

Kinta the Kookaburra

At KSPS we have a mascot! His name is Kinta and he is a Kookaburra.

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A Laughing Kookaburra actually, native to Eastern Australia. The Laughing Kookaburra is not really laughing when it makes its familiar sound. The cackle of the Laughing Kookaburra is actually to warn other birds to stay away.

Have you heard the sound of the kookaburra?


We are going to create a Pastel Artwork of a Kookaburra with our special classroom visitors from China. Here are some other artworks for inspiration!


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Let’s use our Steve Parish book ‘How to Draw Australian Animals’ as a starting guide. Then Miss B will demonstrate how to blend the soft pastels to create the feathers of a Kookaburra.

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