Loreto College - Coleraine, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland
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Home Economics

Academic Year 2011/2012

Head of Department:
Mrs S McNicholl

Teaching Staff:
Mrs M McAleese

Mrs L. Creighton

Home Economics is an integrated subject where the inter-relationship between diet, health, family, home and resources are addressed in both practical and theoretical contexts.

Home Economics involves pupils in the study of nutrition, food choice, diet and health within the context of home and family. At each Key Stage, the course offered is designed to encourage pupils to think critically, make informed choices, develop practical food skills and manage resources so they are enabled to lead effective lives as individuals and family members as well as contributors to society

The knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the delivery of the Programme of Study at Key Stage 3 are consolidated and extended through GCSE Home Economics at Key Stage 4. In Key Stage 3 the pupils complete a CCEA ICT Task for which they receive accreditation and opportunity is given to achieve the Basic Food Hygiene Certificate as part of the Key Stage 4 course. An Advanced level in Food Hygiene can also be obtained in Sixth Form.

All students take Home Economics at Key Stage 3 while at Key Stage 4 and Post 16 it is available for selection to all students.  Home Economics is a popular choice at Loreto College Coleraine for GCSE and A’Level study.

Courses selected provide a suitable basis for further study by offering progression to academic and vocational courses as well as providing a basis for those seeking employment in a wide range of settings such as the caring professions, catering, childcare, food production and retailing.

Opportunity is provided for students to take part in competitions to enhance their experience in the wider context.

The Home Economics Department has two full time members of staff.  Mrs McNicholl and Mrs McAleese.  Mrs Creighton provides technical support for the Department. Through their commitment and enthusiasm, the subject is delivered in a stimulating and vibrant manner using creativity and innovative ideas in the delivery of the subject. At Key Stage 3 the pupils have practical cookery regularly giving them hands on experience and an opportunity for achieving a successful end product very quickly. Outside speakers, demonstrations, ICT, videos etc. are all used to add to the diversity of the delivery of the subject. This is continued at Key Stage 4 and Post 16 making home economics a popular subject choice. To add to this the department has recently been refurbished with two purpose built classrooms which are equipped to a high standard and aesthetically display many examples of students’ work.