Welcome to Natterer’s Class
“Hello, I am Mrs Sharma, Natterer’s class teacher and this is my first year at Abbot Alphege Academy after moving over from Weston All Saints Primary School.
My background is in science and I studied Chemistry at the University of Liverpool before working in the chemical industry for ten years until I had my two boys. We have lived in Bath for nearly twenty years and when the boys were still very young, I realised a lifelong ambition and retrained as a teacher. My training was at the wonderful Weston All Saints Primary School and I have been a teacher for more than ten years. As well as teaching at WASPS I have taught at two international schools in Helsinki and Berlin. I love teaching science and maths especially.
As a family, we love to travel and when at home, I enjoy cooking, reading and playing cricket and tennis.”
Mrs Sharma teaches Natterer’s Class, which is a mixed Year 4, 5 & 6 class.
Class information on this page will be updated regularly, so do keep checking back!
All the classes are named after protected bat species found right next door to Abbot Alphege Academy.
What is a Natterer’s bat?
The Natterer’s bat can found across the UK, although it is a scarce species. It prefers to forage low down among trees, often taking prey directly from the foliage.The Natterer’s bat is a medium-sized bat. All UK bats are nocturnal, feeding on midges, moths and other flying insects that they find in the dark by using echolocation. Natterer’s bats also forage on beetles and spiders that they take directly from foliage. Their flight is relatively slow and they can be found hunting over water and among the trees after sunset. They roost in old buildings like churches and castles, but rarely in houses. During summer, the females form maternity colonies and have a single pup.
Natterer’s bats hibernate over the winter in caves, disused mines and rock crevices.
The Natterer’s bat is a medium-sized bat, with fairly long ears and a bare, pink face. Its fur is light brownish-grey on its back and pale on its belly. There is a row of stiff hairs on the edge of its tail membrane.
The can be found widely across Europe, but are very scarce in the UK.
To find out what we are learning this term:
Here you can find a homework guideline for Natterers’ weekly homework tasks.
*Abacus Maths on Active Learn Website
To support your child’s maths learning, games are available on Active Learn. Each week, one activity will be activated for your child and this will give them the opportunity to practice the topic area we have covered in school that week. It is entirely optional, but we have found them popular with children in previous years.
*Bitesize Maths is an online learning support resource that pupils can do some math activities at home. Link
*Map Challenge. Link
Nature in Art
Art is everywhere. Just use your imagination!
Battle in the Field
We Love Baking!
Baking some cupcakes for our pupil-led Assembly. We definitely enjoy it very much! Yum!
Chinese New Year Project II – Natterers’ Own Terracotta Army
For over 2,000 years, an underground army of life-sized terracotta warriors secretly guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang. Natterers created their own army, guarding Abbot Alphege Academy.
Chinese New Year Project I
Chinese New Year Resolution for a good fortune. Natterers wrote down our new year resolution with Chinese Calligraphy. It is an important part of Chinese Culture and can present every writer/ artist’s feelings and character of style.
Visitors from China
While Year 4 pupils were learning about Vikings, rest of us were exploring the Chinese culture. Four Chinese teachers visited our school and introduced Chinese New Year traditions to us as well as inspiring activities, i.e. Writing numbers in Chinese, Paper cutting and songs for the Chinese New Year.
Year 4 Viking Day
On 22nd January 2019, AAA Year 4 Natterers had a great day learning about the Vikings and how they lived. These are our brave warriors!
Science Project – A Plastic Cup Phone
During the Science lesson, we made a plastic cup phone to show that sound can travel through the string as when talking into one cup, the vibration is carried to the other one. It worked!
Air Pressure – Y5 and Y6
Science Lesson: Everyone can blow a balloon?!
“I can’t blow it!” Air pressure trapped in the bottle doesn’t not allow balloon to expand.
“We made a small hole in the bottle to let the air get in the out, so now we can blow the balloon inside the bottle.”
WWI: Home Letters
Home letters written in the trenches during World War I from Natterers Corps.
World War I Entry & Dance
World War 1 began on July 28th, 1914. The conflict lasted for four years, three months and 14 days, ending on November 11, 1918. A hundred years might seem like a very long time ago, but it isn’t really. Your great-great grandparents were around then, and they would have lived through, and maybe even taken part in this terrible conflict.
Our class took part in an interactive activity playing role of the soldiers during First World War. Our “Soldiers” in the trenches spend their day firing at the enemy, learning equipment and writing letters home. It was a great way for children to gain an understanding of how life was for a soldier during WWI. Well done, Natterers!
You can’t celebrate the end of The Great War better than through the dance. Natterers know how to move. Let’s dance!
Muddy Monday – Andy Goldworthy
Monday 1st October 2018
“People also leave presence in a place even when they are no longer there.” – Andy Goldsworthy
As a part of outdoor Muddy Monday Lessons we were learning about Andy Goldsworthy, a British artist known for his site-specific installations involving natural materials and the passage of time. Working as both sculptor and photographer, Goldsworthy crafts his installations out of rocks, ice, leaves, or branches.
Natterers created their own installations using natural materials. Fostering creativity won’t just increase your child’s chances of becoming the next Picasso. You’re also helping him develop mentally, socially, and emotionally. Creating art may boost young children’s ability to analyze and problem-solve in myriad ways. As kids manipulate a paintbrush, their fine motor skills improve. By counting pieces and colors, they learn the basics of math. When children experiment with materials, they dabble in science. Most important perhaps, when kids feel good while they are creating, art helps boost self-confidence. And children who feel able to experiment and to make mistakes feel free to invent new ways of thinking, which extends well beyond the craft room. Well done, Natterers!
Painting for the Official Opening of Abbot Alphege Academy
Our work was proudly presented to Bishop Peter during the school opening ceremony on Tuesday, 25th September.