Home Economics is a hot topic in today’s society. Watch any news programme or pick up any newspaper or magazine, Home Economics is in the headlines. We are in the grip of an Obesity epidemic, diet related disorders such as Diabetes have become increasingly common among young people. Our busy lifestyle means many families now rely on ready made meals. At the same time food and cooking is fashionable again. Our TVs are monopolized by celebrity chefs and cookery programmes. In Home Economics, we examine all of these important issues. We separate the facts from the myths, so that our girls can make informed decisions and good choices in life. Home Economics is a very relevant, necessary subject.
We at St. Marys nurture a love of practical cookery skills reflecting modern trends, whilst still maintaining our love of traditional foods and cooking skills. Pupils are provided with lots of opportunities to develop a range of practical skills in class and also in our ever popular afterschool club. Our hope is to foster an interest, enjoyment and love of Home Economics.
So what is Home Economics?
Home Economics is a highly relevant and vibrant subject for all pupils in today’s health orientated society. The title of this subject can sometimes be misleading. Home Economics consists of 3 main concepts:
1. Healthy Eating – Exploring Healthy Eating provides opportunities to develop practical skills by preparing, cooking and serving a range of meals. In this unit pupils also explore ways to achieve a healthy diet.
2. Home and Family Life – Exploring Home and family Life provides opportunities to understand the importance of the family as a caring unit . Pupils develop an awareness of parenting skills and explore strategies to manage family scenarios.
3. Skills for Independent Living – Exploring Independent Living provides opportunities to develop a range of skills to promote independence. Pupils also investigate a range of factors that influence consumer choices and decisions, and examine consumer rights.
Who Studies Home Economics?
Home Economics is a compulsory subject. It is offered at Key Stage 3 to all pupils in Years 8, 9 and 10. Classes are for 2 periods each week, a total of 90 minutes per week.
It has also proved to be popular choice at Key Stage 4 where a number of students choose Home Economics for further study at GCSE Level following NICCEA Syllabus.
What Resources Are Available?
The Home Economics Department has two bright, modern and well resourced rooms.
Mrs A O'Hare (HOD)
Mrs M Foster
Mrs M Jennings (Technician)