Design and Technology

Design and Technology at Hollingworth provides our young people the skills and abilities to engage positively with the designed and made world and to harness the benefits of technology. We encourage a desire for innovation and provide knowledge of materials, processes and new technologies which can be applied to improve the world around them. Ultimately, by studying Design and Technology, pupils are aware of what it means to be a responsible global citizen.

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Pupils in Years 7, 8 & 9 receive one 60 minute lesson a week with homework set once every two weeks, as is the policy at Hollingworth. Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups with class sizes of 25 pupils or fewer. Progress is tracked and monitored in accordance with agreed procedure. Pupils complete a baseline assessment on entry in Year 7 and will receive between three and four National Curriculum assessments a year.

The subject is studied by all Year 7 and 8 pupils, and focuses on the teaching of electronics, CAD/CAM, graphics, resistant materials, structures, mechanisms and control technology. Pupil can opt out to study Materials Technology or STEM as part of our Preference Curriculum in Year 9.

Projects and activities are designed to stimulate pupil imagination and interest to the point when, in Year 9. The experience gained during curriculum time provides a foundation from which the subject can be studied as an option for GCSE. Key Stage 3 allows for the full breadth of projects to be produced, from hands on practical work to machine-based production, including CAD/CAM.

Year 7 Curriculum Plan

Year 8 Curriculum Plan

Year 9 Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4, the department offers OCR Design and Technology as a GCSE course BTec Engineering level 2 and construction.

Pupils in Years 10 & 11 receive three one hour lessons a week with homework set once or twice a week. The two year GCSE course in Design and Technology follows the AQA examination board, (50% examinations and 50% controlled assessment). Pupils are taught in mixed groups and progress is tracked and monitored in accordance with agreed procedure. Pupils complete a range of both formal and informal assessments in the form of extended writing activities in class, as well as mock and real examinations.

KS4 Curriculum Plan


OCR GCSE Design and Technology (J310)

Extended Curriculum


Key Stage 3

Pupils at Key Stage 3 are required to sit an assessment at the end of each project (3 per year) to assess their progress. Knowledge organisers available on the school’s VLE are to be used as revision material. All Key Stage 3 pupils are welcome to speak to their class teacher to clarify any misconceptions prior to the assessment.

Key Stage 4

All pupils will be given a revision textbook during Year 10, which will be used for both revision and homework recall tasks. During the course of Year 10, pupils will also compile their own revision notes and activities in their revision folder.

All pupils in Year 10 & 11 have the opportunity to attend weekly after school revision sessions and coursework catch up whereby pupils have access to specialised tools and equipment, CAD facilities, in-depth revision and have mentoring support from teaching and/or technician staff.

The Design and Technology department also have an extensive range of revision resources on the school’s VLE, including links to our own Twitter account @HollingworthDT and YouTube channel #ASKRROYLE

Homework & Independent Learning

Key Stage 3

Homework is set weekly and develops pupil’s recall ability and deeper understanding of the topic taught in class. Knowledge organisers, revision materials and a range of recall strategies are available through the school’s VLE. This is also an excellent opportunity to catch up on missed work due to absences.

As we are keen to develop pupils’ independent learning and curiosity, we have a range of ‘Independent Challenge Tasks’ and ‘Stretch and Challenge’ tasks also available on the school’s VLE.

Key Stage 4

Homework is set weekly and closely follows the topics taught in class. As with Key Stage 3, we follow the principles of recall practice.