Home Economics - Movilla

  • Miss A Gilpin (Head of Department)
  • Mrs W Dalzell (Technician)



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.


Occupational Studies

CCEA Occupational Studies: Childcare



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   Section  Assessment  Weighting 


Section 1

Play and Language Development


Section 2
Reading with Children


Section 3
Play Games with Children



Knowledge and Understanding


Practical Work



Play Learn and Grow Together









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  Section  Assessment  Weighting

 Section 1

  Hygiene Requirements of Babies


 Section 2

 Equipment and Clothing for Babies


 Section 3

 Feeding Babies



 Knowledge & Understanding

                          Baby Bath

 Practical Work



                               Baby Bottle











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.


 Careers 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.




The Home Economics Department will source, buy, weigh out ingredients and provide a container to bring their practical work home.

The amount required for the school year is as follows:

  • Year 8-10 Home Economics £20.00
  • Year 11 & 12 Occupational Studies £20.00

The money can be paid to the Home Economics department in total by the next class or alternatively in instalments.

The alternative is that pupils bring weighted out ingredients and a suitable container from home on practical days.


Cookery Club on Wednesday after school 

Craft and Sewing Club on Tuesday and Thursday at lunchtime

 Year Group  No of homeworks in each term  Examples of Homework
 Year 8  8 
Spelling tests 
Code breakers
Revision for AW
Revision for class test/quiz
Evaluation of practicals
Research KS3 related to theory/practical
 Year 9  8 
 Year 10  8 
 Year 11 & 12

Past paper questions
Revision for AW
Revision for class test/quiz



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