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Home Economics: Food & Nutrition has become an increasingly popular choice at GCSE in recent years. This is highly encouraging for the department.

When we hear the term, ‘Home Economics’ most of us think about cooking and food. Home Economics is about much more than food. The subject combines aspects of science, nutrition, cooking, relationships and consumerism. Students learn about the inter-relationships between diet, health, home and family, as well as the choice and management of resources.

Pupils are encouraged to achieve their full potential and prepare for life and work by acquiring knowledge, learning new transferable skills and building upon those already established in the home.


Mrs. T. Coulter

Mrs. D. Gordon

Mrs. J. Winter


Our main aim is to nurture pupils so that they become confident, caring and responsible citizens. We regularly update our work to reflect changing dietary advice, technological change and contemporary consumer issues to prepare all pupils for a transient, dynamic  and consumer-driven society.

Aims of the Department are to…

  • Cultivate a positive attitude towards health and wellbeing.
  • Discriminate in the choice of materials and resources related to Home Economics.
  • Enable pupils to develop initiative and cooperation to work with others.
  • Encourage inventiveness, originality and academic rigour.
  • Develop analytical skills.
  • Develop a critical approach to government initiatives regarding eating habits and trends.
  • Help pupils adapt to rapid technological changes and the growth of scientific knowledge.


Within Key Stage 3 there are three areas of study. These include:

  1. Family Life
  2. Diet and Health
  3. Choice and Management of Resources

At Kilkeel High School each pupil progresses through the Key Stage 3 curriculum from year 8 to 10 covering a range of contemporary topics e.g. healthy eating, money management, product development, advertising and marketing and roles and responsibilities within families. Each unit is designed to use a range of activities which are challenging, motivating and provide opportunities for practising skills which will be of benefit both now and in the future. 

Practical activities are greatly enjoyed by all pupils in Key Stage 3. Teaching and learning is nutrition based and practical activities are focused on healthy eating guidelines, emphasising a sound understanding of nutritional guidelines.  Pupils are encouraged to plan and prepare their own choice of practical activities as they progress through each key stage to encourage autonomy and self-belief.


The following material is covered in theory classes:

  • Hygiene
  • Safety
  • Use of equipment
  • Family and Food Provenance
  • Balanced Diet & Fibre
  • Breakfast, Snacks & Packed Lunches

Practical activities include:

Milkshakes, smoothies, hot chocolate, fruit bites, wheaten scones, apple twists, plain cakes, tartlets, bap pizza, pizza from scratch, chocolate fairy cakes, wedges & hot dogs, dropped scones, Easter cupcakes, chocolate chunk muffins, homemade fish goujons, chicken burger and pizza puffs.


The following material is covered in theory classes:

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Vegetarian diet
  • Consumerism
  • Cereal Products / Labelling / Advertising
  • Food around the World

Practical activities include:

Lentil soup, fruity yoghurt loaf, apple crumble, sizzling stir-fry, shortbread, dropped scones, queen cakes, Easter cake, scones, cookies, lasagne plus a selection of main dishes and desserts.


The following material is covered in theory classes:

  • Healthy Living
  • Diet & Health
  • Resource Management
  • Nutrition, Energy & Meal Planning
  • Home & Family Life

Practical activities include:

Chicken goujons & chilli dip, homemade pizza, bacon pinwheels, sausage rolls, apple tart, swiss roll, yule log, cheesecake, dropped scones, chicken curry, chip topped pie, Chinese chow mein plus a selection of main dishes and desserts.


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