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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Cactus Artwork

Cacti (plural for cactus) are everywhere in the deserts of the USA and Mexico. Here is a photo Miss B took of a cactus when she was quad biking in Puerta Villarta, Mexico.

This term our artwork will focus on landscapes and the desert. First up – The  Saguaro (se-WAH-row) Cactus!


5/6J are going to create a colourful Saguaro Cactus artwork using oil pastels. These are like crayons but are made with oil whereas most crayons are made with wax. They are softer and smudgier than normal crayons.

For some inspiration let’s look at some artwork of the Southwest USA deserts by Arizona artist Jenny Willigrod.

Her cacti artworks are amazing!

To create a colour cactus like Jenny did, we need to use bright colours. Each section of the cactus is lined with either black pastel or white, or a bit of both. A bright warm coloured background still gives the effect of the desert.

Dancing in the Eighties

This term we are learning about dancing and will be choreographing our own dance. We will be looking at different dance styles of the 1980s, a time with many many different music, dance and fashion styles. Which look and sound is your favourite?

BOY BAND  – New Kids on The Block ‘Hangin’ Tough’ 1989. The 1D of the late 80s. Miss B even went to their concert in 1990!


DANCE GROUP – Technotronic ‘Get Up (Before the Night is Over)’ 1989. Early dance music that paved the way for the 90s sound.


GIRL POWER – Mel and Kim ‘Respectable’ 1987. Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, The Bangles, Bananarama and Mel & Kim put female singers on the map. Think big hair, fluoro colours, flowers and perms.


GLAM ROCK – Twister Sister ‘I Wanna Rock’ 1984. Rock music was about make up, big hair and silly film clips like this one.


CHEERLEADER – Toni Basil ‘Mickey’ 1981. This song is still a big hit today. Toni’s cheerleading film clips were all the rage in the early 80s.


NEW WAVE – Adam and the Ants ‘Ant Music’ 1980 Somewhere between punk and rock, New Wave bands blended sounds between the 70s and 80s. Most bands came out of England. 


Computer Task Week 7

This term, 5/6J have been learning about having a healthy lifestyle. We have made story birds with advice and also searched the internet for facts about food.

When 5/6J visited Healthy Harold last term we looked at the negative effects that smoking has on the body.


Have you forgotten all the reasons why smoking is bad for you? Visit THIS SITE to watch the video and read the article.

What do you know about the risks associated with smoking? Click here to take THE QUIZ.

Do you think smoking is harmful for the environment? CLICK HERE to find out.

Check out THIS GAME to practice your skills and knowledge.

Here are some kids who are worried about smoking, check out THEIR LETTERS. Visit some other pages on this site to get all the facts and all the risks!

Visit POPPLET.COM to make a popplet about the dangers of smoking. A popplet looks like this:

popplets_ForSchoolDetailWhen you have made your popplet, save it as a jpeg in your drive and email it to Miss B!


Visit the link in the top line to Healthy Harold to have a look around his great site!