Harleston Primary School pupils create natural sculptures for the Olympics

An environmental artist helped schoolchildren create Olympics-themed sculptures out of natural materials this week.

In the run-up to the Olympics, Norfolk artist Tim Willey is working with youngsters at Harleston Primary School to create athletes using natural materials found on the school grounds.

On Monday, Year 3 children made a javelin thrower and, on Wednesday, Year 5 pupils created a discus thrower. The other year groups will each spend a day with Dr Willey over the coming months.

Headteacher Roger Walsh said: 'The children have clearly gained much from this first-hand opportunity to work with natural materials and sculpt them into our own Olympic athletes.

'They are incredible works of art. We like to teach the children that art is more than just paint on paper, and working outside, too, is great.'

Dr Willey took the children for a walk through the school's woodland area looking for the right bends and shapes of wood, coppicing as he went, and highlighted the wonders of the natural environment. They then set about creating their sculptures, which will be displayed on the school field.

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