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.

GCSE Child Dev

Unit Content Assessment Weighting Assessed

Unit 1:

Pregnancy and

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

External assessment:

1 hour examination

 20%  June
Unit 2:
(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: 

1 hour examination

 20%    June

 Unit 3:

 Controlled Assessment

  •  Investigation Task 
 Internal Assessment   40%   

 Unit 4:

 Controlled Assessment

  •  Short Task
 Internal Assessment  20%  



Pupils studying Child Development can gain employment in many different areas of the community, e.g., Health visitor, Social worker, Children’s nurse, Registered child minder and Pre-school assistant.


Occupational Studies

Patisserie, Baking & Contemporary Cusine

Pupils will study 2 units within Design and Creativity; Patisserie & Baking and Contemporary Cuisine.

Patisserie and Baking

This unit provides learners with some of the basic baking principles required by pastry chefs in the catering industry.

 Unit   Section  Assessment  Weighing   Assessed

Section 1

Health and Safety in Catering

Section 2

Bread and Scones

Section 3

Cakes and Biscuits

Section 4

Pastry Products

Knowledge and Understanding

Practical Work





 September - June


Contemporary Cuisine

This unit provides learners with some of the basic cooking principles required by cooks and chefs in the catering industry when preparing and cooking a range of starters, main courses and desserts.

 Unit  Section  Assessment  Weighing  Assessed

 Section 1

 Health & Safety in Catering

 Section 2


 Section 3


 Section 4


 Knowledge & Understanding

 Practical Work





 September - June


Pupils will develop the basic baking and cooking skills to gain further training to work within the catering industry.


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 September 2015 – June 2016 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 

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
 Child Development

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



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