Bruton Primary School

Bruton Primary School

Focus Week


FOCUS WEEK (s) – Monday 11th December – End of term


Below is an overview of the types of activities your child will be taking part in during our WALKING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND focus week(s).  As parents, you are invited to join us with both a learning opportunity and also to see our exhibition in the hall on TUESDAY 19th December.

Outcomes for the week -

To understand that winter in the UK is typically the coldest season with the shortest days often accompanied by unsettled weather conditions which bring many changes to the natural and man-made world.

Key outcomes

  • I can consider the changes in the natural world that the season winter brings
  • I can consider the changes in our “man-made” world that the season winter brings
  • I can communicate my ideas and observations about winter through art and/or the written word

Essentials for the Week

  1. Read a range of poetry based on the winter season e.g. year five and six children can focus specifically on the writings of Shakespeare, Plath or Betjamin etc.  Children to use the format of one of the poems read to write a whole class poem or individual poems.
  2. Create a piece of winter art e.g. a painting or sketch, a photographed still life tableau, a short film.  This could be based on the WINTER SOLSTACE or THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
  3. Take part in a science experiment, documented by photography and written up eg.  What happens to our breath when we breathe in and out in cold air?  Melting ice cubes … what materials are best insulators? Make bird feeders for the winter months
  4. Learn through either a geographical or historical element of the curriculum e.g. finding out the temperatures of different continents around the world during the winter months – creating bar charts and questions to answer regarding differences in temperature. 
  5. Using images of winter, write a descriptive piece eg. Descriptive sentences or a paragraph based on a winter scene at school or in Bruton for the younger children to writing descriptively from images taken in space of snow and ice across UK / The world
  6. Make a winter food/drink eg. Hot chocolate outside over a fire, soup, mince pies, non-alcoholic mulled wine.
  7. Contribute to an exhibition that will form part of the Focus Week Finale event– paintings, drawings, photos, stories, poetry etc.
  8. Invite parents to participate in a family learning activity


The teachers would like to invite parents to join us for a family learning session on the following dates at the following times.




Aucklet Class

Miss A Giles

9.10am – 10.10am

Barn Owl Class

Mrs Tidby or Mrs Dowdle

9.10am – 10.10am

Cuckoo Class

Miss S Maggs

10.30am – 11.30am

Dove Class

Mrs B Partridge

10.30am – 11.30am

Eagle Class

Mrs T Reynolds – Hart

10.30am – 11.30am

Falcon Class

Mrs T Dovey

1.15pm – 2.15pm

Goldfinch Class

Miss B Hancock

1.15pm – 2.15pm

Hawk Class

Mr T Hole

2.30pm – 3.30pm

Ibis Class

Miss S Giles

2.30pm – 3.30pm

Other events to be aware of over the two weeks:

Monday 11th December

Am Dress Rehearsal of Nativity

Tuesday 12th December

PM Afternoon Performance of Nativity

Wednesday 13th December

Parent Family Learning Sessions (timetable above)

Thursday 14th December

PM Afternoon Performance of Nativity

Friday 15th December

Whole School Big Write (look out for Mrs Dowdle’s replacement for the day!)

Monday 18th December

All classes “visiting Antarctia” – come dressed for cold weather!

Tuesday 19th December

Parents welcome to view our End of Focus week exhibition in the school hall

Wednesday 20th December

Christmas parties in the afternoon – please look out for more information on class whiteboards

Thursday 21st December

Whole school Christmas Carol Service at St Mary’s Church 2.00pm until 3.00pm

And then, finally, we will break for Christmas!