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Vision and aims: 
Our department aims to highlight the importance of the home and family, in relation to the development of the individual and society. In addition, we aim to help our pupils acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills to make informed decisions, which may improve the quality of life for themselves and others. 

Our vision is that pupils will develop a keen interest in food, both in terms of making healthy choices and enjoyment of preparing food. 

Staff: Mrs N Anderson (Head of Department), Mrs A Culbert, Miss C McDowell, Mr J Muir, Mrs McDowell (Technician)

Learning objectives:

Key stage 3

Home Economics: Home Economics- Our pupils study two periods of Home Economics each week. They have regular opportunities to take part in practical activities, during which they develop essential practical skills which will be useful to them now and in later life.

All pupils pay a fee of £15 at the beginning of the year to cover the cost of all their ingredients. All pupils are required to bring in a named container to take home their cookery after each practical lesson.

At Key Stage 3 the subject is based on the following key concepts:

Healthy Eating
Through the exploration of healthy eating, our pupils develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills required for healthy living. They learn how to plan, prepare, serve, handle and store food safely.

Home and Family Life
This area provides opportunities for our pupils to understand the importance of the family as a caring unit.

Independent Living
Our pupils are given opportunities to understand the importance of becoming discerning consumers and effective managers of resources.

pdf buttonYear 8 Topics covered:

Seriously Safe Food- Personal hygiene, Safety, Food poisoning and food storage
A Day in the Life of a Family- Family structures and Roles and responsibilities
Food for Thought- Eatwell plate, Fruit and vegetables and Labelling
The Art of Persuasion- Fairtrade and Foodmiles

pdf buttonYear 9 Topics covered:

A-Z of adolescence- A different letter of the alphabet for each topic. Some of the topics are  Adolescence, Be Active, Diet, Eating Disorders, Independence, Love, Money, Nutrients, Osteoporosis and Vegetarianism

pdf buttonYear 10 Topics covered:

Faith and food- Local food, Celebrations and Other cultures and religions
Life as a consumer- Budgeting/Methods of payment, Shopping online, Equipment and Consumer rights/making a complaint
Eating for life- Traffic light labeling, Obesity, Coronary Heart Diease and Diabetes
Parent Power- Effective parenting, Feeding and Weaning and lunchboxes

Key stage 4: GCSE

Home Economics

Home Economics- Specification/Exam Board: CCEA

The GCSE Home Economics specification encourages students to adopt a critical and analytical approach to decision making and problem solving, in relation to the areas of Diet and Health and Consumer Awareness. 

Unit  1: Diet and Health and Consumer Awareness (External assessment- 1 ½ hour exam)

Diet and Health- What’s on the plate, What’s in food, What’s on the label, Ages and stages, Dietary disorders, Special diets, The Facts behind the issues, Keeping food safe
Consumer Awareness- Being an effective consumer, What influences shopping, Money matters, Wiser buyer

Unit 2: Diet and Health (Controlled Assessment Task)

Planning activity;
Practical activity; (This is completed in Year 11- 2 ½ hour practical exam)
Controlled Assessment for Home Economics Evaluation activity.

Unit 3: Consumer Awareness (Controlled Assessment Task)

Identification of issues;
Research-based activity;
Primary investigation; and
Conclusions and evaluation.

For more information, see the specification: CCEA Microsite for GCSE in Home Economics  

Child Development 

Child Development- Specification/Exam Board: CCEA

Unit 1: Parenthood, Pregnancy and Childbirth (External assessment- 1 hour exam)

Parenthood and responsibilities
Healthy diet and lifestyle in pregnancy

Unit 2: Child Development (0-5 years) (External assessment- 1 hour exam)

The newborn baby
Physical development of the child up to five years old
Intellectual development of the child up to five years old
The social and emotional development of a child up to five years Home Economics Controlled-Assessment
Child care provision and sources of support available
Safety, first aid and childhood diseases
Choosing clothes and shoes for young children
Weaning and dietary needs of the child. 

Unit 3: Controlled Assessment Investigation Task (Controlled Assessment Task)

Task analysis activity;
Research-based activity;
Planning and carrying out primary investigation; and
Evaluation activity.

Unit 4: Controlled Assessment Short Task (Controlled Assessment Task)

Research-based activity;
Practical activity; and
Evaluation activity.

For more information, see the specification: CCEA Microsite for GCSE in Home Economics: Child Development  

Occupational Studies

Occupational Studies Level 1&2- Specification/Exam Board: CCEA

This modular study course provides an appropriate alternative to traditional GCSE subject studies. Our two chosen units of study are:

Childcare: the Play Environment
The Physical Care of Babies

Key stage 5: AS/A2 Level

BTEC Level 3 Children’s Care, Learning and Development

BTEC Level 3 National Award Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Our chosen units of study are:

Unit 1:  Positive relationships for Children’s Care, Learning and Development
Unit 2:  Positive Environments for Children’s Care, Learning and Development
Unit 3:  Promoting Children’s Development
Unit 5:  Safeguarding Children
Unit 38:  Reflecting on Practice in the Children’s Care, Learning and Development Sector

Subject/Departmental pupil  achievements: 
Northern Ireland Young Cook of The Year Finals took place in our department (2015)

Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities:
Year 14 Cooking for Survival Course- Starting soon as part of the Food In Schools Policy
Duke of Edinburgh Cooking Skills  (Suitable for Bronze and Silver Medals)- Speak to Mrs Majury 

Educational visits and trips:
BTEC: 2 week vocational work placement as part of BTEC Level 3 Childs Care, Learning and Development

Subject/Departmental multimedia resources:
Interactive White Boards used regularly, relevant DVD clips, resources on School Media Library and extensive use of ICT within all areas of the department.

Subject revision resources:

Key Stage 3 Revision Lists

GCSE revision classes- Advertised within the department
CCEA Past Papers questions used with each topic for Home Economics and Child Development. See links below: