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Home Economics


Home Economics at Key Stage 3 enables pupils to explore many issues surrounding food, as well as, developing a range of cookery skills in food preparation, cooking and baking. This equips pupils with the knowledge and ability to make good choices about their diet and lifestyle.

Pupils will have an increased awareness of how to become a discerning and effective consumer when making judgements in relation to the environment and personal finances.

Home Economics gives pupils a sense of themselves as social beings and how they relate to one another; making them aware of values and lifestyles that are different from their own and helping them make reasoned judgements in family relationships.

Pupils will develop thinking skills and personal capabilities in both theory and practical classes. This will aid students to lead effective lives as individuals, family members and members of the wider community.

The key concepts we explore in Home Economics are:

Healthy Eating

Exploring Healthy Eating provides opportunities to develop understanding required in the choice, planning, storage, preparation, cooking and serving of food.

Home and Family Life

Exploring Home Life provides opportunities to understand the importance of the family as a caring unit.

Independent Living

Independent Living provides opportunities to explore and understand the importance of becoming discerning consumers and effective managers of resource

Pupils study Key Stage 3 Home Economics for 2 periods in KS3.


Miss A Gilpin (Head of Department)

Mrs J Murray

Mrs W Dalzell (Technician)

Mrs J McNarry (Technician)


Year 8, Year 9, Year 10
8 Homeworks in each term

Spelling tests 

Code breakers
Revision for AW
Revision for class test/quiz
Evaluation of practicals
Research KS3 related to theory/practical

Years 11 & 12
10 Homeworks in each term
Past paper questions
Revision for AW
Revision for class test/quiz


Cookery Club


The Home Economics Department will source, buy, weigh out all ingredients needed.

The amount required for the school year is as follows:

  • Year 8-10 Home Economics £25.00

  • Year 11 & 12 Occupational Studies £30.00

With the aim of becoming environmentally friendly we require pupils to bring a plastic container or tin to take home the products which they have cooked. Please ensure your child’s name is on the container or tin.

CCEA Occupational Studies: Childcare

Section 1

Play and Language Development

Knowledge & Understanding

Worth 20%

Section 2

Reading with Children

Practical Work

Worth 60%

Section 3

Play Games with Children


Worth 20%

The Physical Care of Babies

This unit is suitable for learners who wish to develop an understanding of the physical care needs of babies. Learners will identify the basic care needs of babies and develop their knowledge and practical skills to meet these needs.

Unit 13

Section 1

Hygiene Requirements of Babies

Knowledge & Understanding

Worth 20%

Section 2

Equipment and Clothing for Babies

Practical Work

Worth 60%

Section 3

Feeding Babies


Worth 20%


Students will develop a range of skills when completing the two units, e.g., the skills to care for a baby, communication, using maths, using ICT, problem solving and working with others.


Students will develop knowledge and skills to gain further training to have a career involving the care of children, for example, Registered child minder and Pre-school assistant.

Students will study two units within Business and Services: The Play Environment and The Physical Care of Babies.


The Play Environment

This unit will introduce learners to working with children in a childcare environment. It focuses on the importance of play and children’s development. It is suitable for those who are interested in child development and who would like to work with children in the future.

Unit 1

KS3 Brand vs Own brand Cooking Task 

KS3 Low Sugar Cooking Challenge 

Patisserie Baking