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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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.