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Home Economics

Home Economics Department

The Department: 

Mrs Sharon Wallace-Cooper
Curriculum Leader
Mrs Siobhain King Miss Helen Wallace   
 Mrs Liz McKee  Mrs Iris Vasile – H.E. Auxiliary     

Link SMT – Depute (Cameron) Mr Nick Quail 

Department: D1 Green Corridor 






Supported Study

Fashion & Textile Technology – Monday and Wednesday lunch time and afterschool

Health & Food Technology – Tuesday afterschool

Sewing club – Wednesday lunchtime 

Cookery club – Wednesday afterschool


Subjects Currently Delivered

S1 Home Economics CfE 

S1 pupils cover two areas of Home Economics, food technology and textile technology. The food technology unit is Be Clever in the Kitchen; this includes the health & safety aspects of working in the kitchen and using the various parts of the cooker and other kitchen equipment. Pupils have a few lessons to adjust to working in the environment before participating in the ‘rotation’. Rotation cooking is where pupils are mixed into groups, spread around the class and cook 6 different recipes ranging from potato soup to pear pastry boats. Pupils take part in an Inter-Disciplinary Project with Religious Education by making festival sweets for Ganesh Chaturthi. 

The textile technology takes them through various techniques related to sewing like pinning, tacking and using a paper pattern. Each pupil then goes on to make a fabulous fleecy hat with beautiful tassels. 

S2/3 Hospitality, Health & Food Technology CfE

This two year course is made up of several aspects of the level 4 work from both Hospitality and Health & Food Technology. 

In S2 pupils complete two units of work, Hospitality and Eat to be Fit. In the Hospitality unit of work, pupils cover a vast quantity of Food Preparation Techniques and Cookery Processes to produce recipes such lasagne and pineapple shortcakes. Each lesson builds upon the last as a fast pace, allowing pupils to see progression week to week. This unit of work includes the task, Dangerous Kitchen, pupils must write a script, create a props list, act and film a movie on how it shouldn’t be done in the kitchen. The culmination of all this hard work is to try winning the Ready, Steady, Cook task, will it be the apple bag or the pasta bag or the noodle bag or finally the potato bag. Fit to eat is the second unit of work and this is all about dietary targets, healthy eating, how the choices we make affect our lives and how to change small things to make big differences. In this unit we complete the smoothie challenge, each group prepares a different smoothie and we carry out sensory analysis on the mixtures.      

In S3 pupils test their knowledge of dietary targets and healthy eating to reaffirm the work completed in S2. Organisation of Practical Skills (OPS) is another aspect of Hospitality and this is all about time management and ensuring you are as prepared as possible for each practical lesson. REHIS is a unit of work which provides each pupil with an additional qualification; this is based on Food Hygiene and is very beneficial if pupils are wishing to take on a part time job in a café, hotel, restaurant and nurseries. International Ready, Steady, Cook is based on the S2 unit of work but takes in the Food Hygiene and Organisational Skills of the previous two units. It is time for countries to take to battle; will it be Italy, Scotland, American, Mexico or China to win? The final unit is another Inter-Disciplinary Project with Religious Education covering all the festivals in each religion studied. 

S2/3 Fashion & Textile Technology CfE

This two year course is made up of many aspects of the level 4 work from Fashion & Textile Technology. In S2 pupils learn many basic sewing skills and techniques in preparation for the pace and challenge of the units of work they will encounter. With the newest retro craze being knitting, all of the pupils have been taught this fabulous technique and have created a scarf and an amazing cup holder. Pupils have created cute caterpillar critters and woven cushions with luxurious ribbon. The class then moves on to understanding the purpose of patterns and utilise commercial patterns to create textile items. 

In S3 pupils test their knowledge to create make up bags and mobile phone covers. Since the middle of November 2012 pupils have been working on creating mood boards based on one of the four seasons. The mood boards were then used to help create a design for a scarf. Pupils are creating their own scarves using a silk painting technique and heat transfer technique to print their design on to material. We have also been influenced by Liberty scarf design. This work is inspiring and will look glorious once completed.