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Home Economics


Home Economics is a life skill. Our aim is to equip our pupils with skills and knowledge, which will promote and encourage good health throughout life.  We have two fully equipped Home Economic Suites in the school comprising state of the art kitchen facilities with adjoining theory and I.T. suites.  Pupils have the opportunity to take part in external cookery competitions during the year.

Key Stage 3 

Key Stage 3 pupils explore themes such as personal hygiene, food safety and kitchen hygiene, the Eatwell Plate, nutrients (functions & sources), dietary related disorders and preventative measures, the importance of a healthy breakfast and sportís nutrition.  Pupils enjoy a wide range of practical cookery sessions during the year which aim to build and develop their cookery skills in food management and creativity and pupils are given the opportunity to use a wide range of kitchen equipment.

KS3 students enjoy preparing dishes such as:

  • Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Banana Split
  • French Bread Pizza
  • Wheaten Bread
  • French Toast served with a variety of toppings
  • Pancakes
  • Panini & Side Salad
  • Chicken Stir-fry
  • Pasta Carbonara
  • Chicken Curry & Rice

Key Stage 4 

Key Stage 4 pupils follow the CCEA GCSE Home Economics course which gradually builds and extends their knowledge from Key Stage 3 in Diet and Health, Consumer Awareness and practical cookery sessions.  Through controlled assessment the pupils have the opportunity to create a 3 course meal with written evidence which will gain them 40% of the GCSE exam grade.  A further 20% is achieved through a Consumer Awareness assignment.  The remaining 40% comprises of a written exam.

Topics studied at GCSE include:

  1. Whatís on the plate?
  1. Whatís in food?
  1. Food Labelling
  1. Ages and Stages
  1. Dietary Disorders
  1. Special Diets
  1. Food Issues
  1. Food Safety
  1. Creativity & Food

10. Being an effective Consumer

11. Shopping Influences

12. Money matters

13. Wiser Buyer

GCSE students enjoy preparing dishes such as:

  • Crown of Melon with a lime & honey dressing
  • Salmon, salad & garlic mash
  • Chicken Curry
  • Chicken Chow Mein
  • Honey Chilli Chicken
  • Sage & Apple Caramelised Pork & Champ
  • Spicy Butternut Squash & Chilli Soup
  • Home Made Pizza
  • Party Food
  • Fair Trade Banana & White chocolate Muffins
  • Fairy Cakes
  • Buttermilk Scones
  • Apple Crumble
  • Caramelised Peach Melba & Strawberry Coulis
  • Canadian Buttermilk Pancakes with maple syrup

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 March 2012 14:36