Subject Overview of Home Economics

Key Stage 3

A time allocation of three periods is given to cover Home Economics over the two-week timetable for all Key Stage 3 pupils.

This time slot is divided into a single period and a double period.

The double period is used for practical cookery as it gives pupils time to ‘cook from scratch’ developing weighing and measuring skills, food preparation and time management.

In the theory lesson pupils use work booklets which are differentiated to suit ability levels.


Topics/Booklets Studied in Year 8

  • Let’s Do Home Economics
  • Keep A Healthy Smile
  • Breakfast
  • The Road to Good Health
  • Keep Your Home Safe
  • Little Busy Bodies

Topics/Booklets Studied in Year 9

  • Food Safety
  • Life is Full of Changes
  • Foods Around the World
  • You Are What You Eat
  • What Will I Buy?
  • From Bump to Baby

Topics/Booklets Studied in Year 10

  • Grow Old Gracefully
  • Living Independently
  • A-Z of Adolescences
  • The Ethical Consumer
  • Oh Baby
  • All That Packaging

Key Stage 4

The GCSE Home Economics: Food and Nutrition course gives you opportunities to learn about the science behind food – the nutritional content of foods, current nutritional guidelines and catering for the differing dietary needs of the people in today’s society. You will also learn about the current government nutritional guidelines and you will be expected to plan, prepare and cook meals and dishes in accordance with these guidelines. You will consider food choice, food safety and managing resources.
In the controlled assessment element of the course, you have the opportunity to demonstrate, with confidence, the high level practical food skills you acquire during the course.