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Holtspur School

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Design & Technology

Subject Lead: Mrs Heritage

Here at Holtspur the intent of our curriculum is to deliver an inspiring curriculum for all pupils where each lesson helps them to achieve to the best of their ability in a nurturing and caring environment. With a clear purpose and immersive activities for their learning, children are provided with tangible experiences that will allow them to build upon solid foundations of enquiry, make observations, discuss ideas and build upon prior knowledge to plan items for a specific purpose against a design brief.  We encourage mistakes as these can often lead to deep levels of independent thinking and peer centred discussions to resolve any errors they may have made. D&T at Holtspur intends to encourage children to embrace the design and technology of today and promote and inspire a lifelong love of enquiry and development of the subject into their future.


We adapt the Design & Technology element of the National Curriculum to meet the needs of all learners starting with our youngest children in Reception (through Expressive Arts and Design) where children are exposed to a range of skills and vocabulary that can be built on year upon year. Skills and subject specific vocabulary are developed using a skills audit that all staff are fully aware of. We actively invite visitors to Holtspur or arrange trips that allow professionals to share their knowledge and skills to enhance topics. The broad and balanced curriculum expands their knowledge, deepens their understanding and broadens their horizons of possibilities beyond the classroom and their own home. Each topic starts with a clear purpose and sequentially planned lessons are based in real life contexts when appropriate.  Lessons take place in the classroom, or in our fully equipped kitchen, or in our purpose built ‘Nest’ - a separate building with a dedicated D&T resource area that allows for lessons to be flexible for each learner.


By the time children reach Year 6 they are prepared for secondary school where they can develop their skills even further; many children say D&T is one of their favourite subjects at Holtspur. Ultimately, Holtspur encourages children to become literate designers and engineers of the future using skills of discussion that develop the correct vocabulary/terminology throughout their independent planning and design elements of each topic. As teachers, we hope to inspire boys and girls to be the designers of the future - from carpenters to technological engineers and every designer and technician in between!


  Catapult making                                            Kite making                                     Puppet Making                  Sewing