Once upon a time there lived a prince named March. He lived in a castle in Pen Llyn. March was rich but he was unhappy because he was hiding a secret. The secret was that he was hiding his big hairy ears that looked like horse’s ears. March hid his ears by growing his hair long to cover them up. The barber was the only one who knew his secret and it made him sick with worry, so he went to the doctor and told him he couldn’t eat, drink or do anything. The doctor told the barber to tell someone or something, so the barber went to the banks of the river Soch and told the earth his secret. The barber felt much happier once he had shared his secret because he didn’t have to worry any more and still no one else knew.
One day the prince started in school. It was a very windy day, so his hair blew away and his ears were shown. His classmates saw his big horse’s ears and started to laugh at him.
“Stop laughing at me,” the prince said.
“Ha, ha! We are not going to stop laughing at you because you look so silly,” his classmates answered.
He was all alone in school, no one liked him. He got a stomach ache.
After a few days the prince went to hospital. The doctor did the operation on him and long looked at him, he remembered the boy about which the hairdresser talked. He told March about the medicine for his trouble that he knew. He gave him the map and sent to his friend Red Dragon. It was very large, had a tail and a good heart. The Red Dragon very much liked to read the book and to breed robots. When the prince was already healthy, he said goodbye to his parents and went to the cave of the dragon by plane. It was very colourful there. Everywhere many trees and flowers grew. The dragon stood in front of the house and watered tulips, daffodils and lilies of the valley. He greeted the prince and invited him into the kitchen. Together they baked cookies and cooked the spinach.
They sat at the dining table. The prince got his knife to cut the cookies as they were too big, but the dragon got it all wrong and chased the prince to the forest. After a while the prince hid behind a tree. Unfortunately the dragon saw the prince’s ears and caught him. Then they walked to the dragon’s house. As soon as they got home, the prince said to him “They told me you have a magical drink which would turn my ears into normal human ears. Could you give it to me?”
The dragon said, “Ok. but on one condition! I can’t breathe fire. I heard that in the place you came from there is a magical mushroom to help me breathe fire. If you bring it to me I will give you your magical drink.”
After a week, the prince told the dragon that he had looked everywhere but couldn’t find it. The dragon told him that there was a mountain and top of it there was a seven headed snakes cave and he could find the mushroom there. Then the dragon thought that the prince could be harmed there, so he followed him secretly. When the prince arrived at the cave the snake was sleeping. Suddenly it woke up! The dragon saved the prince from the snake and killed it. Luckily the dragon and the prince could get what they wanted. So the dragon could breathe fire and the prince now had normal ears. Then the prince went to his school and showed his ears to his friends and told his story. His friends were surprised and wanted to see the dragon. At the weekend they went to see the dragon and had some time together. The kids were so surprised and happy. They all lived happily ever after.
Thank you to everyone who helped write and tell our story. All the children in our Year 3 classes have really enjoyed this project!
Izzy said, “I liked listening to everyone’s ideas and being able to finish a story – to make up our own endings.”
Alizah said, “I liked it because all the different countries were able to write their own part. I like writing stories and enjoyed being able to make up anything I wanted to!”
This is one of our favourite traditional Welsh tales taken from the story book ‘Once upon a time in Wales’ by John Owen Hughes.
There was once a rich prince called March. He was King Arthur’s cousin. He lived in Castellmarch and although he was rich and lived in great comfort, March was unhappy. He was unhappy because he had two long hairy ears like horse’s ears! In Welsh ‘March’ means ‘horse’.
March kept his hair long to hide his ears. Only one person knew his secret and that was his barber. The secret worried the barber greatly as March had told him he must keep the secret under pain of death! The barber was so worried he became ill and had to go to the doctor. The doctor asked him what was worrying him and the barber replied “I can’t tell you!” The doctor replied, “you must tell someone or something!”
“Something?” thought the barber. The doctor had given him a great idea.
If he couldn’t speak to a person then he would whisper his secret to the earth. So the barber went to the river Soch and whispered his secret to the earth. He felt better at once that he had shared his secrets and yet no one was any the wiser.
Some months later March decided to hold a feast. All the important people were invited, the finest food prepared and the best bards and musicians ordered to perform. One of the musicians was a young piper named Deio Bach. As it was such as important occasion he wanted to play with a new pipe so he went to the river bank and cut down one of the fine, long reeds that were growing there.
That night after the guests had finished eating, Deio Bach was the first musician to perform. He took a deep breath and began to blow his new pipe. But instead of sweet music this is what people heard:
‘March has horse’s ears! March has horse’s ears!’
The prince was absolutely furious! Now everyone knew his secret!
“Take the piper out and cut off his head at once!” shouted the Prince.
But Deio Bach said to the prince ‘It’s not my fault! There must be a spell on my new pipe!’ The prince blew the pipe and once again the people heard,
“March has horse’s ears! March has horse’s ears!”
Then the barber came forward and said it was his fault. He told March he had whispered the secret to the river bank. He was sure March would kill him but instead the prince smiled.
“I thought everyone would laugh at my ears. That’s why I hid them. I have been very foolish.”
From that day on March was happy and he no longer had a secret to hide.
After our visit to Sweden our Year 1 & 2 classes had a ‘Swedish Day’. We all wore Swedish colours to school, learned about and compared schools and traditional costumes in Sweden and Wales and learned about, designed and made our own Dala horses. We also learned about Christmas traditions in Sweden and tasted Swedish food. The cinnamon buns were a big hit!!!
Dewi the dragon has been lucky to have visited Poland and Sweden so far and made lots of new friends. He is really looking forward to visiting Turkey and making even more new friends and taking lots of photos to share with all the children in Wales.
Reception have been busy using junk modelling recyclable materials to make their own jungle drums for their jungle march.
The children in KS2 have recycled old newspapers and magazines to design and make notebooks.
The children in Years 1 & 2 have been using recyclable materials to design and make space themed models.
The Nursery children have been busy using recyclable materials to make their own Windchimes.