Welcome to the Pipistrelle class page!
Mrs Caroline Ford teaches the Year 0 (Reception) and Year 1 children in Pipistrelle Class.
Caroline Ford came into teaching from a musical background. She went to Wells Cathedral school where her father was Director of Music. She then grew up in New Zealand and developed a love of rugby and the great outdoors. Returning to England she went to a London Music College studying oboe and voice. She qualified as a teacher at Reading University and has been teaching in various schools for the last 20 plus years. She has relatively recently become more involved with supporting children with special needs and gained her qualification to assess and diagnose for Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties at Bath Spa University.
The Pipistrelle bat
The common pipistrelle is so small, it can fit into a matchbox! Despite its size, it can easily eat 3,000 insects a night . All UK bats are nocturnal, feeding on midges, moths and other flying insects that they find in the dark by using echolocation. Common pipistrelles feed in a wide range of habitats from grasslands to urban areas. They roost in tree holes, bat boxes and even the roof spaces of houses, often in small colonies.
The common pipistrelle has dark, golden-brown fur, a slightly paler underside and a dark mask around the face. Its flight is rapid with lots of twists and turns. The soprano pipistrelle is similar in appearance, so the two can be difficult to tell apart.
To find out what we are learning this term:
The current ‘Butterfly’ words are High Frequency Words taken from the First 100 most commonly used words. These are given in the EYFS first as reading words then
termly, as spelling words. To make these words more child friendly many schools put the words onto shapes such as Robots, Snails, Tractors, Butterflies etc. as a way to split
up the words and to which the group of words are referred.
Foraging Friday, finding sticks, comparing and measuring them.
Pipistrelle experimenting with wet and dry materials. It was a messy business!
Fantastical Creature Friday
We were all very excited about our annual Book Week with many activities throughout the week. Here’s a photo of our Pipistrelle pupils dressing up as fantastical creatures.
Book Week Trail
Pipistrelle on their Book Week Trail.
Wild Thing Walk
Pipistrelle children go on their Wild Thing Walk with their crowns.
Hailstones Clashing Down!
Pipistrelle children were very excited to see the hailstorms clashing down onto their playground.
Pipistrelle’s First Trip to the Bath Children’s Literature Festival!
We visited Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet who presented their brand-new singing-and-prancing show. “Supertato” and his old gang are back and this time they are joined by a new friend, Cake! Pipistrelle really enjoyed this performance!
Enjoying Our Foraging Friday Activities
Our First Meal Together!
Pipistrelle had our first meal together this week.
The Reception children recently have planted some healthy turnips, cabbages and lettuces.