Home Economics: Food and Nutrition
Home Economics is taught to all pupils in Years 7–9. The subject gives pupils an insight and understanding of how to prepare and cook a wide range of foods and develops an understanding of basic nutrition and healthy eating. Lessons are once a week and are a combination of practical and theory work.
Pupils develop good working practices with emphasis on safe and hygienic handling of food and equipment. The Food Room has been recently refurbished and girls work two to a work station, each of which is fully equipped with basic food preparation equipment, an electric oven and gas hob and a sink. Pupils are encouraged to build confidence in their practical skills so as to work as independently as possible. The school provides all ingredients for practical lessons.
Due to the diversity of the subject, Home Economics can contribute to many areas of the curriculum such as mathematical skills used when weighing and measuring, scientific principles behind cooking processes, an understanding of different cultures and religions and basic problem-solving skills.
Each year, pupils are able to take part in a lunchtime Christmas cake club and enter their cakes into the school’s Christmas cake competition.
Home Economics: Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE
GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition aims to develop practical food preparation skills and to foster an understanding of the importance of good nutrition and healthy diet. In addition, pupils complete a food hygiene course which earns them a Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene certificate.
The practical cookery skills and theoretical knowledge acquired from this course will equip pupils with the ability to make important decisions about food and health and also enable them to continue Food and Nutrition or Food Technology at A-level. GCSE pupils are able to take part in a number of school trips such as the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham.