Home Economics Department
Teachers in Department
Mrs C Mullan (Head of Department)
Mrs L McReynolds
Miss E Campbell
Home Economics is a strand of Learning for Life and Work. Home Economics is designed to enable students to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills to make informed decisions about home and family which may improve the quality of life for themselves and others. The practical, productive tasks undertaken in Home Economics help students develop a range of skills which are essential for their present and future lives. Our Home Economics department provides opportunities for students to study a wide variety of subjects at different levels.
Key Stage 3
Year 8 Theory Topics
Year 8 Practical Cookery Tasks
|Raspberry and white chocolate cupcakes|
|Tomato Pasta Salad|
|Chicken Chow Mein|
|Berry and Lemon Cheesecake|
|Mini Egg Nests|
Year 9 Theory Topics
Year 9 Practical Cookery Tasks
|Apple and Cinnamon Cupcakes|
|Chicken Fried Rice|
|Mini Egg Cheesecake|
|Rice Krispie Chocolate Tray Bake|
Year 10 Theory Topics
Year 10 Practical Cookery Tasks
|Breaded Cod Goujons|
|Chocolate Mini-Egg Cupcakes|
|Ice-Cream Cone Cupcakes|
Chef of the Week
‘Chef of the Week’ is selected based on the following criteria:
They will receive the following certificate:
Cookery club is offered to Year 8-10 pupils every Wednesday from 3.30-4.30pm. It gives all students the opportunity to build on the skills and knowledge they gain in their Home Economics lessons and develop some valuable life skills.
Key Stage 4
Within the Home Economics Department there are a wide variety of GCSE courses offered including:
GCSE Child Development
GCSE Health and Social Care
CCEA GCSE Occupational Studies
Occupational Studies is offered as more practical based qualifications.
Contemporary Cuisine- in this unit students get the opportunity to prepare and cook a range of Starters, Mains and Desserts. Below are some examples of the dishes:
|Tomato and Basil Soup|
|Chicken Curry and Rice|
Vegetable Stir Fry
|Cod Goujons and Home Made Chips with Pea Puree|
|Chocolate Bar Cheese Cake|
|Meringues with Fresh Fruit and Raspberry Coulis|
Patisserie and Baking- in this unit students get the opportunity to bake a range of breads and scones, cakes and biscuits and pastry goods. Below are some examples of the dishes:
|Breads and Scones|
|Fruit and Plain Scones|
|Cakes and Biscuits|
|Cupcakes with Decoration|
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
|Filo Fruit Parcels|
Some of our fantastic dishes in Hospitality
Physical Care of Babies- in this unit students get the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of looking after babies through a range of practical activities including:
-Making a baby’s bottle safely
-Bathing a baby
-Putting a baby to bed safely
Childcare the Play Environment- in this unit students get the opportunity to develop their creativity through a range of practical activities including:
-Making a game suitable for children aged 3-5.
-Creating a book corner suitable for young children.
-Creating a nursery rhyme model to help children’s understanding of numbers and words through song.
Key Stage 5
Studying GCSE Child Development or Health and Social Care is a brilliant foundation for the CCEA GCE Health and Social Care course.
In AS students study Unit 1: Promoting Quality Care and Unit 2: Communication in a health, social or early years setting. For these coursework based unit’s students are required to go on work experience to a health and social care setting to develop knowledge and understanding of the importance of policies and procedures to allow service users to feel valued. Another unit covered in AS is an external examination called Health and Well-being. Students get the opportunity to cover content on what factors impact health and well-being such as behavioural factors, smoking, consuming alcohol, inactivity and activity.
In A2 students study Unit 4: Health Promotion and Unit 5: Supporting the Family, both units are internally assessed coursework units. Group work is required for Unit 4. Students come up with their own health promotion campaign and deliver it to a KS3 Home Economics class. In A2 there is one external examination which is based on one service group and changes each year when the pre-release is made available to schools in February.
|Home Economics/Hospitality||Child Development/Health and Social Care|
|Cake Decorator||Occupational Therapist|
|Hotel Manager||Speech and Language Therapist|
|Environmental Health Officer||Social Worker|
|Restaurant Manager||Nursery Teacher|
Links with outside agencies
The Department uses a range of outside agencies to provide up to date information on the subject content. A variety of talks, visits, presentations, demonstrations and trips are organised with the aim of enhancing classroom learning and widening pupils’ experiences. These include:
Livestock and Meat Commission Cookery Demonstration
Visit to Loughry College (CAFRE) for the “Feed Your Mind” Event
Participants in the Mount Charles Big School Cook Off
Midwife and Social Work guest speakers to discuss topics and answer questions, relating to the job.
Loughry College (CAFRE) Careers talk