Ms C Thomson (Head of Department)
Mrs S M Dalzell (Part-time)
Mrs R V Campbell (Part-Time)
Miss K Millar
Mrs J Stewart (Technician)
- To provide a rich and varied curriculum that is relevant and stimulating for pupils of both genders.
- To encourage each pupil to aspire to academic excellence.
- To develop pupil knowledge and understanding of the issues associated with the subject, through practical and theoretical contexts.
- To develop skills of investigation, analysis, evaluation, informed decision making and problem solving.
- To develop skills relating to the choice, preparation and presentation of food.
- To promote a balanced approach to food choice and eating habits.
- To develop a range of personal and interpersonal skills.
- To encourage pupil independence and develop their ability to take responsibility for his or her own learning and work practices.
- To develop pupil confidence in communication across a range of media and for a variety of purposes.
- To provide opportunities for pupils to explore the implications for adult and working life of decisions they will take in relation to study beyond fourteen.
Home Economics at Key Stage 3 (Years 8-10) develops the pupil’s ability to make good choices about food, to develop a range of skills related to food preparation, cooking and baking and to encourage a positive and healthy relationship with food and eating.
Home Economics develops thinking skills and personal capabilities that enable students to lead effective lives as individuals and family members as well as members of the wider community. Home Economics helps pupils explore their health in a practical context, enhancing their potential to live a healthy lifestyle and make responsible choices about their diet and food.Home Economics gives pupils a sense of themselves as social beings and how they relate to one another; making them aware of the values and lifestyles that are different to their own and helping them make reasoned judgements in family relationships.Home Economics increases pupil awareness of their role as consumers in a changing economy to help them become discerning and effective when making judgements in relation to the environment and personal finances.Home Economics is part of the minimum requirement for every pupil at Key Stage 3.
Home Economics Curriculum Overview Year 8 2020-21
Home Economics Curriculum Year 9 2020-21
The Year 9 Home economics curriculum develops the pupil’s knowledge and understanding of:
The Year 9 Home economics curriculum develops the pupil’s ability to:
The Year 9 Home Economics curriculum includes the following recipes for practical cookery:
The Year 9 recipes develop the following pupil skills and capabilities:
Home Economics Curriculum Year 10 2020-21
The Year 10 Home economics curriculum develops the pupil’s knowledge and understanding of:
The Year 10 Home economics curriculum develops the pupil’s ability to:
The Year 10 Home economics curriculum includes the following recipes for practical cookery:
The Year 10 recipes develop the following pupil skills and capabilities:
GCSE Food and Nutrition
Awarding body CCEA
GCSE Food and Nutrition builds on the skills (including practical skills) developed in Key Stage 3 Home Economics. Pupils complete the following two components over the two year course.
Component 1: Food and Nutrition (50%)
Pupils study the following topics and then complete a 2 hour examination at the end of year 12. A text book is available to support this unit.
Food provenance, processing and production
Current government dietary guidelines
Energy, macronutrients, micronutrients, fibre, water
Nutritional and dietary needs for groups of people including sports people, vegetarians and vegans, those with allergies and intolerances
Planning and developing menus for the groups of people listed above
Dietary and lifestyle factors that may contribute to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, dental caries, anaemia
Being an effective consumer when shopping for food
Unit 2: Practical Food and Nutrition (50%)
Through the two year course pupils develop their food preparation, cooking and presentation skills.
These skills are assessed through a controlled assessment task issued by CCEA on 1September in Year 12. The task involves the following:
Research and viewpoints on the task
Choosing and justifying the menu chosen for the task
Planning and cooking the menu
Pupil evaluation of choice of menu and final results
Please refer to the Subject Choice for GCSE Information Booklet for further information on full course details and criteria for entry.
GCE Nutrition and Food Science
Awarding Body: CCEA
To complete the advanced level course pupils study four modules - two in Year 13 (AS) and two modules in Year 14 (A2).
AS 1 Principles of Nutrition (50% of AS award; 20% of A2 award)
Pupils study the following topics and then complete a 1hour 30 minute examination at the end of year 13:
Protein; Fat; Carbohydrate; Vitamins; Minerals; Fibre; Water; Nutrition through Life, Dietary Reference Values (DRVs) for nutrients and Estimated Average Requirements (EARs) for energy
AS 2 Diet, Lifestyle and Health (50% of AS award; 20% of A2 award)
Pupils study the following topics and then complete a 1hour 30minute examination at the end of year 13:
Eating Patterns, Energy and Energy Balance, Diet and Cardiovascular Disease; Diet and Obesity; Diet and Cancer; Diet and Diabetes; Alcohol and Health, Physical Activity and Health.
A2 1 Option B: Food Safety and Quality
Pupils study the following topics and then complete a 2 hour 30minute examination at the end of year 14:
Food Safety as defined by WHO; Food Safety through the Food Chain; Work of FSA, DAERA, EFSA; Environmental Health Practitioner; Microbiological Contamination of Food; Chemical Contamination of Food; Food Additives; Allergens in Food; EC Regulations relating to Food Safety
Please refer to the Subject Choice for AS/A Level Information Booklet for further information on full course details and criteria for entry.
Pupils have homework every week, either written/learning tasks or preparing for practical cookery. Progress is monitored via monthly assessments (homework, written work or practical work) and formal written winter/summer examinations.
Pupils have homework every week, either written/learning tasks, preparing for practical cookery, reading or research. Progress is monitored monthly using unit tests or practical assessments and formal written winter/summer examinations. In Year 12 pupils are expected to make weekly progress writing up their Controlled Assessment.
Pupils complete classwork, past paper questions, read, research and learn each week. Progress is monitored monthly using unit tests, assessed extended response questions and formal written winter examinations. At A2 pupils are expected to make weekly progress writing up their Research Project.