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End of term December 19, 2012

Year 3 continue to work hard right up to the end of term! This week we have been busy making Christmas boxes, decorations, pictures and baking Christmas biscuits. 

All the fun of the fair! November 29, 2012

Year 3 were lucky enough to take part in a maths workshop session today, based on fun fair games. The children had great fun playing all the games, then practiced their maths skills when the scores were calculated. A great practical way to use all the maths they learn in class!

Year 3 homework November 22, 2012


The children in year 3 have been busy at home as well as at school recently, and have produced some exciting and creative homework based on the theme of weather around the world. Some children have made waterproof shelters to keep their teddy bears warm and dry. Others have made suitcases showing what they would take on holiday to hot or cold places. Some children have produced weather forecasts for various places around the world, some have drawn graphs of temperature and rainfall, some have invented animals that are adapted to different climates…. It has been very exciting for the whole class to look at all the different homeworks as they are brought into school! Thank you to all the parents at home who have been helping out!


Music in year 3 November 13, 2012

This term all of the children in year 3 have been learning to play the violin.

We have recently begun to use some other instruments in class and are going to be composing our own music. Have a look at some photos of us taken this week.

Poetry writing in year 3 November 12, 2012

This week we have started thinking about poetry and have been looking first at shape poems. We worked with partners to create descriptive poems about autumn leaves.

Art in year 3 October 20, 2012

This week we have been  looking more closely at Rousseau’s Tiger in a tropical storm – this was one of the paintings we saw last week at the National Gallery. In class we made our own versions of jungle scenes by cutting out pieces of coloured paper. We showed our collages in assembly on Friday, along with our paintings and pastel drawings. If you are visiting the school, please come and have a look at our art work!

Year 3 trip to the national gallery October 13, 2012

This week year 3 visited the National Gallery in London. We had a lovely day, finding out all about a variety of landscape paintings, looking at the stories behind the pictures. Some of the highlights were when the children spotted the paintings we had been studying in school – for example Rousseau’s Tropical Storm with Tiger and Van Gogh’s Wheatfield with Cypresses. Thanks must go to the parents who accompanied us on the trip – we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did! The following morning year 3 wrote some fabulous stories based on our trip – you can read these in your child’s Big Write folder when you next visit the school. (PS Apologies for the quality of the photos).

Art and science in year 3 October 4, 2012

This week we have been looking at the painting “Wheatfield with cypresses” by Vincent van Gogh, and we have created our own versions – I’m sure you’ll agree, they look spectacular! Next week we will be seeing the real version of the picture when we visit the National Gallery.

In Science we are continuing our study of the properties of materials and this week we have been testing different materials to find out which would be most suitable for packaging a meringue! We wrapped the meringues in different materials, put them into boxes and dropped the boxes! Please ask your child what the results were.

Year 3 September 2012 September 24, 2012

Please have a look at a few photos of year 3 working with their buddies. There are also three pictures showing work we have done this term – poems, posters about ourselves and holiday postcards.

District sports 2012 July 5, 2012

As usual, Colney Heath School performed at the annual District Athletics Championships last week. We had the field events to begin with Y5 and Y6 children. Some fantastic performances took place and some very high standards achieved. Special mentions go to Rachel who came 4th in the girls throwing, Oli and Dan who came 2nd and 3rd respectively in the boys throwing, Ben achieved 3rd in the boys high jump and Katie who came 5th in the girls long jump!

Next came the track events with children from Y3 to Y6. Events ranged from a Y4 shuttle relay to Y6 600m races! Once again Colney Heath did us proud and showed amazing team spirit throughout the afternoons heats and finals, cheering the whole team on. Again some amazing results and performances with so many of our children making finals! Special mentions need to go to Katie and Maisie who achieved 2nd and 8th respectively in the Y6 girls 100m sprint, Ben who came 2nd in the boys Y6 100m sprint, Ellie and Ellen from Y5 ran their final and gained 4th and 7th, in the boy’s equivalent Oli came 7th! Anthony gave us another 2nd in the Y4 boys 80m sprint and Chris gained 8th place in the Y3 boys 70m sprint. Both of our Y5/Y6 4x100m relay teams made the final, with the boys and girls both coming a fantastic 3rd!

Overall we achieved 4th place, out of 14 primary schools! A fantastic achievement once again


Moving monsters July 3, 2012


In our D and T lessons this half term we are designing and making moving monsters using pneumatics….balloons, tubing and syringes, mainly.

This week we have been busy making the monsters – have a look at some of our creations…unfinished as yet.

Day trip to Cuffley June 20, 2012


Today year 3 and year 4 had a fabulous day out at the Cuffley Activity Centre.

Children in year 3 began with some environmental art, making Green Man masks by using bark and leaf rubbings. The next activity was making fires – hugely exciting! The children had to collect their own wood, lay and light their fire. After lunch came the up and under trail which involved lots of running around in the woods, crawling through tunnels and under nets, jumping and climbing over logs and generally getting very muddy! Last was shelter building where each team was given the challenge of building a waterproof shelter of logs, twigs and leaves. Great fun – though none of the shelters proved to be waterproof!

Thank you again very much to the parents who came along on the trip – your help, as always was invaluable – though it was noticeable that none of the adults seemed to be as muddy as the children!

Year 3 and Ancient Greece June 1, 2012


Year 3 have had a lovely half term learning all about the Greeks. During our last week we have finished off our Greek pots (at last!) which now look fabulous!

We have acted out small plays based on Greek myths- we had fun rehearsing these in small groups, some of whom were able to perform their plays to year 4.

Today we were all dressed up as Ancient Greeks – the children looked wonderful, thank you so much to all of you at home who helped with costumes! We had a great day making a variety of Greek artefacts, tasting Greek food, acting our plays, and watching the film of Hercules.

Hope you all have a good half term.

Olympic themed week May 23, 2012


This week year 3, along with the rest of the school, has been busy taking part in a variety of activities based around the Olympics.

We have been learning about the history of the Olympic Games and we are making information books about this.

Each class had to choose a country taking part in the Olympics to find out about, and we are learning a little about Kenya. Well done to all the children who found out some information at home; we have used this to make posters; we have also made some fabulous African pictures which will shortly go on display in the school hall.

Today, Wednesday, the children took part in a number of different workshops all based on the Olympic theme.

Story of Heracles May 4, 2012

As part of our topic on Ancient Greece we have been reading some Greek myths. This week we have been learning about the Labors of Heracles; we worked in pairs or threes to make posters, each one depicting one of the 12 tasks that Heracles had to undertake. We showed our posters in assembly and they are now on display in the classroom.

Yr3/4 Performance March 30, 2012


Years 3 and 4 gave a fantastic performance of Cinderella and Snow White. Both stories were adapted by R Dahl and told the famous stories with a twist.

Yr3 performed Cinderella and Yr4 Snow White to a hall full of parents, carers and family who were all thoroughly entertained.

Year 3 book week March 17, 2012


Here are a few photos to show some of the activities we have been doing this week.

The next week looks equally busy: we have an exciting D and T afternoon on Tuesday with Set point, our last swimming session on Wednesday, Sports Relief one mile walk on Friday, the toy and book sale after school on Friday and the disco on Friday evening!

Writing instructions March 1, 2012

In Literacy we have been learning how to write and follow instructions. This week we worked with a partner to make up instructions for a game. We then tested our instructions to see whether the games were clearly explained.

Yr3/4 Performance March 9, 2012

This year we are trying something different by having a separate performance for Years 3 and 4. In the past Yr3/4 have performed with Yrs 5/6 in the summer term.

We would like to invite you to a performance of Cinderella and Snow White, two musical performances written by R Dahl, on Thursday 28th March at 2pm. You will all receive two tickets per family. More tickets may become available on request later.

We apologise for the late notice of this event but due to a number of circumstances out of our control we were not able to confirm the date until now.

Making sandwiches! February 23, 2012

In Literacy we are learning how to write instructions. Today we gave instructions to a partner to make a sandwich, then we followed our partner’s instructions to make our own sandwich. We used lots of “bossy” verbs! PS The sandwiches were delicious!

Year 3 and Year 5 Olympic torch banners February 10, 2012

As part of our buddy time together, we thought we would enter a Lloyds TSB competition to design a banner that welcomes the Olympic torch to our community when it comes near us on July 8th. Y3 and Y5 had ‘thinking homework’ to begin with, to identify what makes Colney Heath special, areas of interest and what we would like to share with the Olympic torch community. They then got into buddy groups to start putting their ideas together and designing a banner to represent Colney Heath in the competition. Over the last few weeks in buddy time, they have been very busy and creative making their banners, they all look amazing! A display of them will be put up in school for all to see! The 2 classes voted on which one should go forward as our winner for the competition, but we had a tie! So we have placed 2 banners together to create a big banner as our entry! The winners all received an Olympic pin badge and their joint efforts have been entered. Lloyds TSB closing date is the 13th February and they have 60 ‘cheer packs’ for the best entries to help celebrate the torch relay coming to our community! Fingers crossed!

Trip to Roald Dahl Museum February 7, 2012


Today year 3 had a lovely day out at the Roald Dahl Museum at Great Missenden. We heard all about Roald Dahl’s life and about how he wrote his stories. We enjoyed looking at all the exhibits, dressing up as some of the characters, designing our own characters, making mini films, creating our own poems, and much more. After the museum we made our way up to the chuchyard to see Roald Dahl’s grave, and as we walked along the High Street we looked at some of the places that inspired his stories. Finally we spent a happy half hour at the local park, despite the snow!

Thanks to the kind parents who gave up their time to accompany us on our trip!

What have we been up to recently? January 24, 2012


We have been working hard this term at lots of different activities.

In Literacy we have been reading The Twits by Roald Dahl and writing our own chapters; we have also written book reviews. We have now started reading Charlie and the Chocolate factory, which we are finding very exciting!

In Maths we have been learning about rounding and ordering numbers, about odd and even numbers and numbers that add up to 10, 100 and 1000. We also have a new shop in the classroom where we can practise using money.

In PE we have been doing gymnastics, working out different shapes and balances. In geography we are looking at the local area; we have used ICT to edit text and to copy and paste pictures and maps of the area into a word document. With our year 5 buddies we are designing our own banners to highlight the local community for the Olympics.