AN unusual furry addition has made its way into a Year 6 class at Landkey Primary School.
Ralph, a one-and-a-half-year-old rabbit, has become a permanent member of the stingrays class.
He belongs to teacher Sam O’Sullivan who said Ralph lived at the school during the week, only returning home with her at weekends.
The pupils love Ralph but say he is a bit of an attention seeker – always wandering around the class looking for a stroke or playing up when the vet comes to visit.
In addition to Ralph, another thing the students seem particularly keen on is food.
Kate Swan, 11, said: “Our class loves food, so for two of our projects we have had to cook food from home and bring it in for us all to try.”
Truesanna Cooper, 11, added: “We have to bring our next lot of food in on March 24, and I am going to make a cake in the shape of a fish.”
Fish is another popular theme in the class and the pupils have been getting stuck into another project called “commotion in the ocean”.
Ebony-Mai Brown, 10, said: “We are choosing a certain fish that we are trying to fight to keep in the Indian Ocean.
“We are working in five groups and we have got to write something and present it to the younger classes and they decide who wins and gets the place in the ocean.”
James Pratt, 10, added: “We have made 3D fish out of wires and pipes and put tissue paper round them.”
Tying in with the fishy theme, the pupils have also been on a visit to Plymouth Aquarium and are looking forward to another trip to the Isle of Wight before they end their time at Landkey Primary.
Then, they will be off to secondary school, which inspires mixed feelings among them.
Bethia Wyborn, 10, said: “I am going to West Buckland so I am looking forward to the sports.”
Sophie Hide, 11, added: “Because I am also going to West Buckland I am looking forward to meeting new people.”
However Ellie Sugrue, 11, said: “I am worried about getting lost. My cousin got lost on her first day.”
WE ASKED pupils what they wanted to be when they grew up. Here’s what they said:
Kate Swan, 11, from Bideford, said she wasn’t sure, but that her job would involve animals. “I don’t want to be a vet though, because I am quite squeamish,” she said.
Abigail Piper, 11, from Landkey, also wasn’t sure about what career to follow, but said: “Ever since I was little I have wanted to be a wildlife photographer.”
Ebony-Mai Brown, 10, from Barnstaple, said she was a keen dancer and often went to London to compete, so could see herself being a dance teacher.
Noah Houghton, 11, from Landkey, said: “I’d like to be a footballer or a guitarist.”
Truesanna Cooper, 11, from Landkey, said: “I would like to be a teacher or an athlete, because I really like sports and I have always liked the idea of bossing people about.”
Thomas Prouse, 11, from Landkey, said: “I’d maybe like to work at a go-kart place because I like driving.”
Harry Cram, 11, from Barnstaple, said he wanted to be a rugby player.
James Pratt, 10, from Newport, said: “I would like to be a video game designer.”
Bethia Wyborn, 10, fro Landkey, said: “I would like to be an optician because I like the sciences and the eye because it is quite amazing.”
Sophie Hide, 11, from Landkey, said: “I would like to be either a solicitor or a lawyer.”
Ellie Sugrue, 11, from Landkey, said: “I would love to be an actress because I like drama.”