‘Tuck into a Tasty Career in Food and Drink’
The agri-food sector is of vital importance to the N Ireland economy. There are 26,000 farms and 300+ food manufacturing and processing companies in N Ireland who employ over 115,000 people.
 
October 2016 BakeOff fever hits the Home Economics Department!
 
 

Aims

At Fivemiletown College we pursue the work of the Northern Ireland Curriculum to empower pupils to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives. It is about helping pupils prepare for life and work as individuals, contributors to society and contributors to the economy and environment.
 
Home Economics provides pupils with opportunities to explore real issues which lead to the development of a wide range of transferable skills. Of particular value is the skill of decision making and working with others.

We seek to develop knowledge, understanding, skills, competences which should help pupils to improve their quality of life. This is achieved by educating pupils about the importance of home and family in the development of individuals and society. The active participation of pupils encourages them to think critically, make informed choices and manage resources within the context of the home and family.
 
The Revised Curriculum has been designed to support good practice in teaching and learning and incorporate effective assessment procedures, which will allow pupils to demonstrate what they know, understand and can do.
 
Aims of Home Economics Education
 

1. To help pupils understand and appreciate the role of the home and family.
2. Develop pupils’ understanding of their physical, emotional, intellectual, aesthetic and social needs.
3. Develop critical thinking and decision-making capacity of pupils on matters relating to the home and family.
4. Foster enjoyment in the experience of learning and to encourage pupils to take pride in their achievements.
5. Provide the opportunity, by working independently or in pairs to experience practical activities.

 
The Role and Value of Home Economics
 
Home Economics which pupils tend to enjoy. Pupils in Home Economics have opportunities to demonstrate their ability in practical activities and gain personal satisfaction and enjoyment from them. They can take pride in their achievements.
 

This is particularly relevant to low attaining pupils. In the preparation of a syllabus for Home Economics we have tried to ensure that the content is of a practical nature. In preparing the syllabus we hope that Home Economics can provide our pupils with a rewarding educational experience within the school framework.

Staff

Teaching staff;

  • Mrs L Gault (Career Break 2013-4)

  • Mrs N Little

  • Ms J Stuart

Technician;

Mrs N Montgomery

Resources

Rooms
 
1 Kitchen
1 Resource Room
1 Classroom / computer room
Large pieces of equipment
1 washing machine
1 tumble dryer
2 dishwashers
1 freezer
3 fridges
3 microwaves
6 cookers
15 computers
1 black and white printer
1 laminator
 
Textbooks
 
KS3 – One, two, three HE – Book 1, 2 and 3. Scott, Wheeler, Torrens, Mark
Learning for Life and Work – Home Economics Key Stage 3

GCSE – Home Economics for CCEA GCSE. Nicola Anderson. Claire Thompson
Examining Food and Nutrition for GCSE. J Ridgwell

GCSE – Child Care and Development 5th Edition. P Minnett

AS Level – Health & Social Care. Neil Moonie

A2 Level – Health and Social Care. Neil Moonie
 

Subjects Offered

 Key Stage/Level Subject  Awarding Body 
Home Economics   
4 GCSE  Home EconomicsChild Development  CCEA CCEA 
4 AS & A2  Health & Social Care  OCR 

Curriculum

Key Stage 3
 
All pupils in Key Stage 3 study Home Economics. The 3 areas of study- Healthy Eating, Home and Family Life and Independent Living are covered each year. 50% of the content is practical based.

Control of the option blocks is beyond the control of the Home Economics department and is decided by the SMT.
All have 2 x 40 minute periods per week.

Key Stage 4
 
Home Economics is offered as followed;
CCEA Home Economics and Child Development Year 11 and 12 have 4 x 40 minute periods per week

OCR Health and Social Care Year 13 and 14 have 7 x 40 minute periods per week
 

  


The course content is divided into three compulsory units:

Unit 1: Diet and Health, and Consumer Awareness (External Assessment)
Unit 2: Diet and Health (Controlled Assessment)
Unit 3: Consumer Awareness (Controlled Assessment)
 

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.

 

External Assessment (compulsory)

Format: 1 hour 30 minutes (single tier)

The exam has 2 sections:

-          Section A: Diet and Health

-          Section B: Consumer Awareness

Short-answer, structured and extended response questions that require extended writing are included. All questions are compulsory.

   40%

Unit 2: Diet and Health

 

Controlled Assessment (compulsory)

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

 

40%
Unit 3: Consumer Awareness Controlled Assessment (compulsory)
  • Identification of issues;
  • Research-based activity;
  • Primary investigation; and
  • Conclusions and evaluation.
20%
 

 

The course is divided into two learning and teaching units. Assessment takes the form of two written exam papers and two controlled assessments:

Content

 

Assessment Weighting

Unit 1: Parenthood, Pregnancy and Childbirth

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

 

 

External assessment (compulsory)

Format: 1 hour examination (single tier)

Short-answer, structured and extended response questions that require extended writing are included. All questions are compulsory.

  

20%

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.

 

 

External assessment (compulsory)

Format: 1 hour examination (single tier)

Short-answer, structured and extended response questions that require extended writing are included. All questions are compulsory.

 

20%

Unit 3: Controlled Assessment Investigation Task

 

Internal assessment (compulsory)

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

 

 

40%

Unit 4: Controlled Assessment Short Task

 

Internal assessment (complusory)
  • Research-based activity;
  • Practical activity; and
  • Evaluation activity.

 

20%

 
AS and A2 Health and Social Care

AS units and A2 units are equally weighted.

Assessment is 33% externally assessed and 67% by portfolio evidence.
 
Units studied at AS
 
  • Promoting quality care (exam)

  • Communication in care settings (portfolio)

  • Promoting good health (portfolio)

 
Units studied at A2
 
  • Understanding human behaviour (exam)

  • Care practice and provision (portfolio)

  • Child Development (portfolio)

 
Links and Partnerships

Outside agencies / community
 
  • LMC Demonstrator for GCSE Home Economics classes

  • Dairy Council

  • Safe Food Literature / calendars

  • Consumer Council

 
Pupil Visits
 
  • Loughry College Visits– ‘Feed Your Mind’ Event to promote skills and inform pupils of possible career opportunities within the Food Industry

  • Valley Fold

  • Local Primary Schools for observation

  • Clogher Valley Show

 
Competitions
 
  • Dairy Council
 
Visiting Speakers
 
  • Dr Boyd – GP – A Level Health and Social Care

  • Community Midwife – GCSE Child Development

  • Care Home Manager – A Level Health and Social Care

  • Sure Start

 


 

Contact us

51 Colebrooke Rd
Fivemiletown
Co. Tyrone
BT75 0SB
 
T: (028) 8952 1279

 

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