Home Economics



Mrs B. McLaughlin (Subject Leader)

Mrs A. McLaughlin

Mrs R. Moore

Mrs F. O’Kane (Technician)



In the Home Economics Department we aim to meet the objectives of the Northern Ireland Curriculum i.e. to develop pupils as individuals, as contributors to society and as contributors to the economy and the environment by:


  • Promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle
  • Helping them explore their health in a practical way
  • Encouraging them to make responsible choices about their diet and their health
  • Making them aware of values and lifestyles different to their own
  • Helping them to make reasoned judgements about family relationships
  • Give them an awareness of themselves as consumers in a changing economy.






Home Economics is part of the curriculum for all KS3 pupils. All Year 8, 9 and 10 pupils are timetabled for weekly Home Economics classes. They will experience both practical and written work. Pupils will develop practical skills in the safe, hygienic, healthy and creative use of foods to enable them to plan, prepare, cook and serve food. The programme of study contains three essential and inter-related strands of experience:


  • Diet and Health – pupils get the opportunity to develop the understanding required in the choice, planning, storage, preparation and serving of food.
  • Home and Family Life – pupils explore the importance of the family
  • Independent Living – pupils are given the opportunity to understand the importance of becoming discerning and effective consumers in today’s economic climate.






GCSE Child Development course involves pupils studying the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of young children from conception up to the age of five years. The course aims to encourage an understanding of pregnancy, the responsibilities of being a parent and the overall needs of young children. Emphasis is placed on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.







Written Paper: 2 x 1 hour papers worth a total of 40%


These are made up of a selection of long and short questions – pupils have to recall facts and apply their knowledge to answer questions.


Controlled Assessment: 2 tasks worth a combined 60%




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