Home Economics

In St. Mary’s, Home Economics is designed to develop in pupils the knowledge, understanding, practical skills and competences which will improve their quality of life. It is made available to all pupils at Key Stage 3 and as an option at Key Stage 4. At Key Stage 4, pupils may choose to study either Child Development or Food. At Key Stage 5, students may choose to study Applied Health and Social Care (Single Award) or GCE Home Economics.

SPECIFIC AIMS OF THE DEPARTMENT

The Home Economics Department aims to:

  • foster enjoyment in the experience of learning and provide opportunities for pupils to demonstrate skills in the safe, hygienic, healthy and creative use of food;
  • facilitate experience of working both independently and working effectively with others;
  • encourage students to research and manage information effectively to investigate Home Economics issues including using Maths and ICT where appropriate;
  • increase pupils’ understanding of issues by thinking critically and flexibly, solving problems and making informed decisions;
  • encourage pupils to demonstrate creativity and initiative when developing ideas and following them through;
  • increase pupils’ skills in self-management by working systematically, persisting with tasks, evaluating and improving own performance; and
  • encourage effective communication skills in oral, visual, and written, mathematical and ICT formats, showing clear awareness of audience and purpose.

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM

At Key Stage 3, Home Economics is delivered over two lessons per fortnight.

The taught programme for Home Economics at Key Stage 3 addresses the statutory requirements of the Learning for Life and Work programme which includes the key concepts of Healthy Eating, Home and Family Life and Independent Living. Practical work is an important part of this subject. Pupils learn a wide range of techniques used in the planning and preparation of food.

Continuous Monitoring in Home Economics uses a variety of methods of assessment which assess cognitive processes, thinking skills and personal capabilities, attitudes and dispositions and cross curricular skills.

YEAR 8 CURRICULUM

In Year 8, pupils study the following topics:

  • Safety, Hygiene and Equipment
  • Using a Cooker
  • Consumerism
  • Family Life
  • Personal Health
  • Environmental Health and Waste
  • Nutrition and the Importance of Fruit and Vegetables in the Diet

YEAR 9 CURRICULUM

In Year 9, pupils study the following topics:

  • The Eat Well Plate
  • Equipment
  • Kitchen Planning
  • Traditional Food
  • Global Food
  • Consumerism
  • Food Storage
  • Safety in the Home
  • Family Life

YEAR 10 CURRICULUM

In Year 10, pupils study the following topics:

  • A Healthy Diet and Lifestyle
  • Consumerism
  • Traditional Food
  • Multi-Cultural Influences on Food Choice
  • Food Hygiene
  • Dietary Disorders
  • Vegetarianism

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM

At Key Stage 4, the Home Economics Department offers Child Development and Food at GCSE Level. Pupils follow the CCEA specification. Home Economics is delivered over six lessons per fortnight.

GCSE HOME ECONOMICS (FOOD)

Home Economics (Food) aims to engage pupils in the study of nutrition, food choice, diet and health, and consumerism. It also enables pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of human needs and become effective learners and informed consumers.

Unit 1: Diet and Health, and Consumer Awareness (40%)

This unit aims to give pupils opportunities to demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for providing healthy diets for family members throughout life. Pupils will recognise that family members have different dietary needs and that food choice is affected by social, economic, environmental, cultural, physiological and psychological factors.

The Consumer Awareness unit provides pupils with opportunities to apply knowledge, understanding and skills as discerning and effective managers of resources. Pupils should recognise how choices can be influenced by personal, social, cultural, economic and environmental factors.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Pupils will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 12. Pupils’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

Unit 2: Diet and Health (40%)

This unit aims to develop pupils’ research skills and their ability to respond to a given statement set by CCEA.

This unit requires pupils to select one statement on a topic of interest to them. Through planning, research, analysis and the use of secondary sources, pupils are required to produce a practical relevant to the chosen statement and evaluate all aspects of the task.

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Pupils will have 25 hours in class to complete the assessment for this unit. The practical activity must consist of at least three dishes prepared in 2 hours and 30 minutes. Assessment of this unit will take place in January of Year 12. Pupils’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 3: Consumer Awareness (20%)

This unit requires pupils to select a topic from a list of topics provided by CCEA. Pupils are required to analyse and research the selected topic using secondary sources. They must plan and carry out a primary investigation, plan and produce an outcome related to the title, draw conclusions and evaluate all aspects of the task.

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Pupils will have 20 hours in class to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place during Year 11. Pupils’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

GCSE HOME ECONOMICS (CHILD DEVELOPMENT)

Home Economics (Child Development) focuses on the study of the physical, social, intellectual and emotional development of young children from conception to the age of five years. It encourages knowledge and understanding of pregnancy, the needs of young children, the roles and responsibilities of parents, and the social and environmental influences affecting family life.

Unit 1: Parenthood, Pregnancy and Childbirth (20%)

This unit aims to inform pupils about the importance of diet and health in pregnancy, planning a family and the responsibilities which arise from being a parent.

In this unit, pupils are required to learn about parenthood and responsibilities, pregnancy, having a healthy diet and lifestyle in pregnancy and giving birth.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Pupils will have 1 hour to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 11. Pupils’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

Unit 2: Child Development from 0-5 years (20%)

This unit aims to develop pupils’ understanding of the developmental stages and the needs of a child up to the age of five years.

In this unit, pupils are required to learn about the appearance of a newborn baby, physical development, intellectual development, and social and emotional development up to the age of five years. In addition, pupils also learn about sources of support and advice for parents, safety, first aid and childhood illnesses, choosing clothes and shoes, weaning and dietary needs.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Pupils will have 1 hour to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 12. Pupils’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

Unit 3: Investigation Task - Controlled Assessment (40%)

This unit requires pupils to select a topic from a list of topics set by CCEA. Pupils must analyse and research the topic using secondary sources, plan and carry out a primary investigation, plan and produce an outcome related to the title, draw conclusions and evaluate all aspects of the task.

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment. Pupils will have 25 hours in class to complete the assessment for this unit.

Assessment of this unit will take place during Year 12. Pupils’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 4: Short Task - Controlled Assessment: (20%)

This unit requires pupils to select a topic from a list of topics set by CCEA. Pupils must analyse and research the topic using secondary sources, plan and carry out a primary investigation, plan and produce an outcome related to the title, draw conclusions and evaluate all aspects of the task.

This unit is assessed in the form of Controlled Assessment which is internally assessed. Pupils will have 15 hours in class to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place during Year 11. Pupils’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

OVERVIEW OF KEY STAGE 5 CURRICULUM

At Key Stage 5, the Home Economics Department offers Single Award Applied Health and Social Care at AS and A2 Level. Students follow the CCEA specification. At AS and A2 Level, Health and Social Care is delivered over eleven lessons per fortnight.

This course is aimed at students who would like to learn about the vocational area of health and social care. To gain an award, students will complete six units which cover a range of aspects of health and social care.

Students follow a core programme of compulsory units, designed to provide a broad introduction to the nature of health, social care and early years service. Alongside the organisation and funding of services, they will investigate the care values, skills and knowledge required to work within a wide-ranging health and social care field.

At AS Level, pupils must successfully complete three modules. A further three modules must be successfully completed at A2 Level.

AS HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Unit 1: Promoting Positive Care (16.6 %)

This unit aims to provide students with knowledge of the principles of the care value base and how they are applied on a daily basis by care workers.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written portfolio. Students will have two terms to complete the assessment for this unit.

Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 13. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 2: Communicating in Care Settings (16.6 %)

This unit aims to give students the experience of observing how effective communication in care settings improves the quality of people’s lives.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written portfolio. Students will have one term to complete the assessment for this unit.

Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 13. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 3: Health and Well Being (16.6 %)

This aim of this unit is to allow students to learn about a range of different approaches and perspectives related to the concepts of health, well being and ill-health.

In this unit, students are required to investigate concepts of, and factors affecting, health and well being, health promotion, organisations responsible for health and well being and the impact of discrimination on health and well-being.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination. Students will have 2 hours to complete the assessment for this unit.

Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 13. Students’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

A2 HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE

Unit 7: Applied Research (16.6%)

This unit aims to give students the opportunity to study in depth a health, social care or early years topic of particular interest to them by carrying out their own individual research.

In this unit, students are required to develop research objectives and a hypothesis, use primary and secondary methods of research, understand the importance of ethical practice in research, and analyse, evaluate and present research findings.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written portfolio. Students will have one term to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 14. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 9: Providing Services (16.6%)

This unit aims to provide an overview of service provision in health, social care and early years.

In this unit, students are required to understand effects of legislation and policy on service provision, how service users access services and the differing roles and responsibilities of practitioners.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written examination based on pre-release material issued 8 weeks before the examination date. Students will have 2 hours to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 14. Students’ work in this unit will be externally assessed.

Unit 10: Health Promotion (16.6%)

This unit aims to give students the opportunity to investigate and carry out a health promotion campaign of particular interest to them which relates to a current health issue in Northern Ireland.

In this unit, students are required to: review and analyse a local health improvement priority and the population group targeted by the campaign; describe how to implement the health promotion activity; analyse the impact of the campaign on the target group and the success of the communication methods used and evaluate the impact of the campaign.

This unit is assessed in the form of a written portfolio. Students will have one term to complete the assessment for this unit. Assessment of this unit will take place at the end of Year 14. Students’ work in this unit will be internally assessed and externally moderated.

AS Home Economics (Food, Nutrition and Health)

The two AS units are:

AS Unit G001: Society and Health: this is an externally assessed unit and includes health, social and environmental issues, family and society and demography.

AS Unit G002: Resource Management is an externally assessed unit and includes food safety and hygiene, food provision and preparation, financial awareness and retailing.

A2 Home Economics:

A2 level students study a further two units:

A2 Unit G003: Investigative Study: This is an internally assessed unit and is of an investigative nature. Candidates select their own content and develop their own task to include practical work.

A2 Unit G004: Nutrition and Food Production: Candidates study nutrients and energy; nutritional and dietary needs of different groups of people; properties of food; design, development and production of food; advances in the food industry.

The aims of this course are to encourage candidates to:

• develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills to meet human need in a broad range of activities;

• develop an awareness of the management of resources to meet an identified human need in a diverse and ever-changing society, including values issues;

• take account of rapid technological changes and the growth of scientific knowledge and understanding;

• critically evaluate evidence to justify informed decisions;

• use information and communications technology (ICT) where appropriate;

• develop innovative, creative and original ideas through active investigations;

• make use of their wider knowledge and understanding.

Extra- Curricular Provision

The Home Economics Department contributes to the school’s extra-curricular provision. Extra-curricular activities include:

  • After School Cookery Club (Key Stage 3)
  • Young Cook of the Year Competition
  • Safe Food Competition
  • Bothar Jam Making Competition
  • Chef Academy
  • Visiting Speakers e.g. CAFRE
  • Demonstrations e.g. Livestock and Meat Commission

CAREERS INFORMATION

The study of Health and Social Care is useful for careers such as:

  • Teaching (primary and post-primary)
  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Dentistry
  • Educational Psychology
  • Child Care (e.g. playgroup/nursery)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Care Management
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Education