Appleby Primary School

Appleby Primary School

Mrs Parsons & Miss Matenczuk

Welcome to Class Three

Welcome back to another school term. We hope you enjoyed the Christmas break.


This term, Mrs Parsons will continue to teach on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays and Mrs Matenczuk will begin teaching Thursdays and Fridays.


Monday to Wednesday, the children will be looking deeply into the ever-increasing problem of Plastic Pollution on Earth. This will take us on a journey through the history of plastic and how it has affected our world in positive and negative ways. We will be collecting data from a wealth of areas that support our topic, that will be presented and interpreted in a variety of ways to develop our Statistic skills in Numeracy.

Our research will be guided by other countries contributions to the issue; positively or negatively; while also giving a huge focus to the oceans and seas that are suffering as a consequence. As we will also be giving a focus to the water systems and landscapes of the U.K., the children will build sound knowledge of the geographical world and how the countries within it are so diverse.


In Art we will be appreciating the wonders and beauty of the oceans. We will look at the amazing creatures of the Corals Reefs; the fish and seabirds that are under threat by Plastic pollution and incorporating plastic rubbish into our artwork. We will also use our Literacy book ‘Song of the Dolphin Boy’ to inspire our work.

Literacy skills will be used in all areas of this topic. The children will be writing reports on the information they have learned and found themselves through research; they will be reflecting on their studies through poetry; persuasive letters will be written to local supermarkets about their use of plastic and they will write instructions on how to make plastic alternatives. Alongside all of this, we will be studying the storybook ‘Song of the Dolphin Boy’, by Elizabeth Laird.


On Thursdays and Fridays we will be focusing on measurement and shape in maths. This will include learning about time, money, length, capacity and volume, and identifying, naming and sorting 2d and 3d shapes. In literacy we will be learning about different types of poetry, instructions and explanations. Our Science topic is Sound, which will include learning about how sounds are made. This will link to our DT topic, in which we will be designing, making, evaluating, and hopefully playing our own musical instruments.

P.E. kits must be in school at all times as P.E. times are subject to change. Children will need their full kits for indoor and outdoor use to be able to take part.


We would like to thank all the support given to children outside school. The home reading has been exceptional.

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