Home Economics

'Eat Well, Feel Well, Be Well'

Home Economics at Key Stage 3 is part of Learning for Life and Work. In Years 8, 9 and 10 pupils get the opportunity to examine key concepts in relation to:

 

  • healthy eating

  • home and family life and 

  • independent living.

 

Each year is divided into a series of units which are designed to be enjoyable, challenging and relevant for our young people. A wide range of practical cookery is built into each unit of work so that pupils can develop a range of important skills such as working with others, thinking for themselves, cooking skills and using equipment. Practical cookery is enjoyed greatly by all pupils in and is a wonderful opportunity for them to develop healthy attitudes to food whilst learning some life-long skills. 

 

Home Economics aims to promote and enhance the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities through understanding food choice, nutritional health, consumer issues and relationships. This subject aims to equip pupils with the knowledge, skills and values that will help them to make appropriate lifestyle choices.

 

The skills, knowledge and understanding developed through studying Home Economics are important in today’s society, where:

  • obesity is an increasing problem;

  • diet-related illness is prevalent; and

  • many people rely on ready meals.

 

Teachers give pupils the opportunity to explore relevant, real-life contexts that are based on the statutory requirements. These should help them to develop a range of practical food skills and Whole Curriculum Skills and Capabilities.

 

At Killicomaine we study the following over the three years:

Year 8

  • Personal and Kitchen Hygiene

  • Safety in the Kitchen

  • Weighing and Measuring

  • Equipment

  • The Cooker

  • Food Storage

  • Eat Well, Feel Well, Be Well

  • What’s on your Label

  • Smart Shopper

Year 9

  • Food Standards Agency Eat Well Targets 1-8

  1. Base your meals on starchy foods

  2. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables

  3. Eat more fish

  4. Cut down on saturated fat and sugar

  5. Eat less salt

  6. Get active & try to be a healthy weight

  7. Drink plenty of water

  8. Don’t skip breakfast 

  • Stages of the Life Cycle

  • Energy Efficiency

  • Food Miles

Year 10

  • Food Safety, Hygiene and Poisoning

  • Planning what to Cook

  • Vegetarianism

  • Allergies and Intolerances

  • Want to Complain?

  • Financial Capability

Address

Upper Church Lane, Portadown, Craigavon, Northern Ireland, BT63 5JE

Contact 

Tel: 028 3833 2021
Fax: 028 3835 0823
E: info@killicomaine.portadown.ni.sch.uk

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