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St.Patrick's High School Keady

Home Economics

The Home Economics Department Vision:

It is our vision that every child is provided with a broad and enhanced educational experience so that they feel fully equipped to make their own informed decisions, in today’s dynamic and consumer driven society.

Teaching staff

Mrs K Henderson (Head of Home Economics/Child Development)

Mrs P McGurren (Home Economics/Health & Social Care/Child Development)

Mrs R McKeever (Home Economics/Child Development)

Home Economics Technician

Mrs J Renaghan

Aims of the Department:

  • To encourage pupils to display a positive attitude towards health and wellbeing.
  • To prepare for life and work as individuals, as contributors to society and as contributors to the economy and environment.
  • To provide opportunities for pupils so that they can develop a range of skills to promote independence through planning, managing and using resources.
  • To encourage pupils to build their personal and interpersonal skills and capabilities.
  • To encourage pupils to develop a critical and analytical approach to decision-making and problem-solving.
  • To provide enjoyable learning experiences for all pupils.

Key Stage 3

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.  Year 8, 9 and 10 is divided into a series of units which are designed to be enjoyable, challenging and relevant for our pupils.  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, problem solving, cooking skills and using equipment. 

Why not check out the Food4life website:

Key Stage 4

GCSE Home Economics (CCEA) 

Key Stage 4 Home Economics is really enjoyable and interesting. Pupils follow the CCEA GCSE Home Economics specification. At GCSE the subject focuses on Diet and Health and Consumer Awareness.  Students are given the opportunity to complete practical cookery and written tasks. 

  • Diet and Health

Pupils will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for providing healthy diets for family members throughout life.  Pupils will learn that people of different ages have different dietary needs and that food choice is affected by social, economics, environmental, cultural, physiological and psychological factors.  

  • Consumer Awareness

This part of the course enables pupils to apply knowledge, understanding and skills as discerning consumers and effective managers of resources.  Pupils will learn to recognise how choices can be influenced by personal, social, cultural, economic and environmental factors. 

GCSE Child Development (CCEA)

Key Stage 4 Child Development focuses on the study of the physical, social, intellectual and emotional development of young children from conception to the age of five years. It encourages knowledge and understanding of pregnancy, the needs of young children, the roles and responsibilities of parents, and the social and environmental influences affecting family life.

Key Stage 5 

AS/A2 Level Home Economics (CCEA) 

Pupils follow the CCEA AS and A2 Home Economics specification. The AS course builds on the knowledge and skills learnt in GCSE Home Economics.  The course encourages students to acquire an understanding of Nutrition for Optimal Health across the life span as well as Priority Health Issues including Mental and Sexual Health. 

The A2 course encourages students to acquire an understanding of Food Safety Issues for the Consumer, Ethical Issues, Financial Management Issues for the Consumer, Consumer Legislation, Consumer Protection and Redress. 

Useful Links:

Key Stage 3 – Food & Nutrients – Dairy Council - BBC Food online – Food Safety  - Dietary related Disorder Obesity – Consumer Issues

GCSE – Which Magazine - Nestle – World Health Organisation – British Nutrition Foundation - Diabetes – Food Standards Agency - Tesco - BBC Health – Health issues – Belfast Telegraph – General Consumer Council

As/A2 - BBC – British Heart Foundation – Citizens Advice Bureau – Coeliac Disease – Consumer Focus – Consumer Line – Dairy Council - Diabetes – Eating Disorder – Food a Fact of Life – Food Standards Agency - General Consumer Council – Livestock and Meat Commission – Northern Ireland Chest, Heart & Stroke – Northern Ireland Childminding Association – National Osteoporosis Society - National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children – British Nutrition Foundation – Office of Fair Trading –Parents Advice Centre  - Public Health Agency - The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – Safe Food – Vegetarian Society

Home Economics

Our Department values the strong links we have made with industry as it enhances the learning experience of our pupils. 

Year 9 Trip to the Tayto Factory, Tandragee
Year 10 Live Stock and Meat Commission Cookery Demonstration
  Trip to the Coca Cola Factory Lisburn
Year 11

Midwife visit (Year 11 Child Development Students)

  International Food Fest, Southern Regional College, Newry
  Tesco Taste Northern Ireland visits to schools’ Programme
Year 13/14 Loughry College - Consumer Education and Food Safety seminar

The Department offers all pupils the opportunity to participate in:

  • Cookery competitions such as The Dairy Council &
    The Take Away My Way All Island Cookery Competition
  • The ‘Foodie Fix’ Cookery Club

News Section

A Level Home Economics Talk

HEC Talk

Congratulations Paula

Pancake Tuesday - Mardi gras! 2012

Can't Cook Won't Cook 

Hey good cooking!

9/10 Mothers Day Treats

Year 13 Home Economics trip to Loughry College

Livestock and Meat Commission visit 2012

Naughty but Nice……..

Mrs McKeever's "Foodie Fix" Cookery Club

Lisanally visits HE Department 1

Lisanally 2

GCSE Home Economics Practicals 2012

Jingle all the way!

Frying pans at the ready for Shrove Tuesday

Midwife Talks to Child Development Students

LMC Cookery Demonstration gets taste buds tingling 2013

Students experience ‘the real thing'

Year 8 show off their egg-cellent cookery skills!

International Food Fest

Year 9 Pupils Visit Tayto