Home Economics @ Ballycastle High School

Head of Department: Mrs H Caldwell

Technical Support: Mrs J Hunter

Key Stage 3

When we hear the term, ‘Home Economics’ most of us think about cooking and food. Home Economics is about much more than food however. Home Economics combines aspects of science, nutrition, cooking, parenting skills and finance.

Home Economics is compulsory at key stage 3 and all pupils in year’s 8, 9 and 10 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 cooking skills, working with others and organisational skills. Practical cookery is a wonderful opportunity for pupils to develop healthy attitudes to food whilst learning some life-long skills.

Key Stage 4 GCSE

The department follows the CCEA specifications for Home Economics and Child Development.

GCSE Home Economics

Home Economics delivers vital skills that enable students to lead effective lives as individuals and family members as well as members of the wider community. 

The course content is divided into three compulsory units:

Content

Assessment

Weighting

Unit 1: Diet and Health, and Consumer Awareness 

  • What’s on the Plate?
  • What’s in Food?
  • What’s on the Label?
  • Ages and Stages
  • Dietary Disorders
  • Special Diets
  • The Facts Behind the Issues
  • Keeping Food Safe
  • Creativity and Food
  • Being an Effective Consumer
  • What Influences Shopping?
  • Money Matters
  • Wiser Buyer

1 Written Paper

40%

Unit 2: Diet and Health

  • Planning activity;
  • Practical activity; and
  • Evaluation activity.

Controlled Assessment Task

40%

Unit 3: Consumer Awareness

  • Identification of issues;
  • Research-based activity;
  • Primary investigation; and
  • Conclusions and evaluation.

Controlled Assessment

20%


GCSE Child Development

This course focuses on the study of the physical, social, intellectual and emotional development of young children from conception to the age of five years.

The course is divided into two learning and teaching units:

Year

Content

Assessment

Weighting

 11

Unit 1: Parenthood, Pregnancy and Childbirth

  • Parenthood and responsibilities
  • Pregnancy
  • Healthy diet and lifestyle in pregnancy
  • Birth

Written exam

20%

11

Unit 4: Controlled Assessment Short Task

  • Research-based activity;
  • Practical activity; and
  • Evaluation activity.

 

Controlled Assessment

20%

12

Unit 2: Child Development (0-5 years)

  • The newborn baby
  • Physical development of the child up to five years old
  • Intellectual development of the child up to five years old
  • The social and emotional development of a child up to five years
  • Child care provision and sources of support available
  • Safety, first aid and childhood diseases
  • Choosing clothes and shoes for young children
  • Weaning and dietary needs of the child.

 

Written Exam

20%

12

Unit 3: Controlled Assessment Investigation Task

  • Task analysis activity;
  • Research-based activity;
  • Planning and carrying out primary investigation; and
  • Evaluation activity.

 

Controlled Assessment

40%

Contact

Ballycastle High School
33 Rathlin Rd
Ballycastle
BT54 6LD

 

P: (028) 2076 2254

 

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