Welcome to Natterer’s Class
“Hello, I am Mrs Sharma, Natterer’s class teacher.
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 5 & 6 class.
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.
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