Home Economics is a subject where pupils are equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to help them to be resourceful in their day to day lives.
Pupils will be stimulated and encouraged to explore real life situations related to health and nutrition, family life and independent living.
The overall aim of the Home Economics department is to help our pupils' meet the demands of 21st century life with confidence.
The specific aims of Home Economics education:
To help pupils understand and appreciate the role of diet and health, family life and independent living as they relate to the development of the individual and society.
To develop pupils understanding of their physical, emotional, intellectual, aesthetic needs and the needs of others which change throughout life according to circumstances and resources available.
To develop the critical thinking and decision making capacity of pupils on matters relating to diet and health, independent living and family life.
To foster enjoyment in the experience of learning and to encourage pupils to take pride in their achievement.
To develop a range of skills: Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities as well as the Cross Curricular skills of communication, numeracy and ICT.
To provide the opportunity, by working independently, in pairs or as members of a group, to experience practical activities which will enable pupils to transfer knowledge and understanding from one situation to another.
To develop their understanding of, and learn to adapt to challenges for the family in a technological society.
To develop life skills and use them in everyday situations.
To involve and inform pupils and parents with regard to a pupil’s educational progress and arising concerns.
Miss L Houston (Head of Department)
Mrs S McGinley
Mrs N Kearney
Mrs K McAfee (Technician)
Key Stage 3
Home Economics has an important contribution to make to the whole school curriculum since The Northern Ireland Curriculum placed Home Economics at its core. Home Economics at Key Stage 3 is now a discrete Strand of the Learning for Life and Work Area and is mandatory at Key Stage three
The subject is based on the following key themes:
1. Healthy Eating
Through the exploration of healthy eating, pupils develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills required for healthy living. They learn how to plan, prepare, serve, handle and store food safely.
2. Home and Family Life.
This dimension provides opportunities for young people to understand the importance of the family as a caring unit.
3. Independent Living
Pupils learn how to manage resources effectively as well as the importance of being discerning consumers.
GCSE Home Economics
At Key Stage 4, GCSE Home Economics prepares pupils for an ever changing consumer orientated society. This course focuses on the development of skills in the following areas;
Diet and Health – with specific detail on; ‘What’s in Food?’, ‘Dietary Disorders’, ‘Keeping Food Safe’ and the ‘Nutritional Needs through the Lifecycle’.
Consumer Awareness focuses on ‘Being an Effective Consumer’, ‘What Influences Shopping?’, ‘Money Matters’ and being a ‘Wiser Buyer’.
These issues are all addressed through both practical and theoretical contexts.
GCE Home Economics
GCE Home Economics course builds on the broad objectives considered at Key Stage 4. The OCR course considers a wide range of factors concerned with society and the complex issues faced by humans and the management of resources to meet these needs. The central focus of this course is the health and wellbeing of people in their everyday living.
The opportunity to study ‘AS’ and ‘A2’ level Home Economics allows for further study of the subject and related concepts in higher education and also provides a basis for those seeking employment in a wide range of careers such as industry, commerce, education and the health and social services.
The Department often use a range of outside agencies to provide up to date information on the content of Home Economics. A variety of talks, visits, demonstrations and trips are organised within the schemes of work with the aim of enhancing classroom learning and widening pupils’ experiences.
Recent activities have included:
Completion of the RSPH Level 2 Certificate in Special Foods and Healthier Diets
Visit to the N.I. Food and Drink Show at the Kings Hall Complex including a cookery demonstration by James Martin
Livestock and Meat Commission Cookery Demonstration
Visit to Loughry College (CAFRE) for the “Feed Your Mind” Event
Talk by the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster “From Farm to Fork’
“Love Food, Hate Waste” Cookery Demonstration organised in conjunction with Moyle District Council and conducted by NI celebrated chef Danny Miller
Participation in the Young Cook of the Year Competition
Career Talks on the Agri - Food Industry
Visit to Ballycastle Market including a cookery demonstration by celebratory chef Paul Treyvaud