A fantastical wooden sculpture has opened up a magical world at a tiny village school.
Youngsters at Holme Junior and Infant School teamed up with sculptor-artists Kim and Ron Neith Thompson to design the stunning centrepiece.
Children at an after-school club helped create a story, design characters and construct mock-ups in clay.
The characters took inspiration from real life in school and the children’s vivid imaginations.
The design included a kestrel – like the one that nests near the school – alongside a mythical dragon, a wizard and a fairy.
Sketches by the children were used to make the final storyboard sculpture.
The wood used for the final artwork was Cedrus Libani (Cedar of Lebanon) which came from one of three trees planted in the 1800s at Brodsworth Hall in Doncaster. The tree had been left stricken by a fungus attack.
All 24 children on the school roll were involved in the creation of the sculpture, creating a real sense of ownership.
And there’s a proper ‘hands on’ feel, too, as the sculpture features a cave that the children can crawl through, a whistle they can blow and musical instruments they can try out.
The sculpture encourages play and make believe.