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Child Care

Home Economicsis taught to all pupils in Years 8 -10. At GCSE Level, Home Economics: Child Development is offered as an option. Pupils can also study Home Economics: Food as a further GCSE option.


Year 8 Topic work
  1. An introduction to Home Economics

  2. Basic Equipment

  3. Weighing & measuring

  4. The Cooker

  5. Christmas Cookery

  6. Healthy Eating

  7. Food Storage

  8. Caring and sharing families

  9. Eat less sugar

  10. Eat less fat

  11. Food labelling


Practical work this year will include the following:
  • Ham sandwich & a fruit smoothie

  • Scones

  • Beans on toast

  • Penne Pasta with a speedy tomato sauce

  • Apple crumble

  • Pancakes

  • Pizza

  • Fruit muffins

  • Marshmallow bites

  • Chicken pasta salad

  • Vegetable stir fry

  • Fresh Fruit salad



Year 9 Topic work

  1. What do we need to keep our bodies going?

  2. Base your meals on starchy foods

  3. The power of the media

  4. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables

  5. Family relationships

  6. Christmas cookery

  7. Don’t skip breakfast

  8. Managing Resources

  9. The Clean Scene

  10. The needs of young children

  11. The Ethical Consumer

  12. Vegetarianism

  13. Eat more fish


Practical work this year will include the following:
  • Wheaten Bread

  • Porridge toppings taste test

  • Orange juice comparative taste test

  • Mini traditional Irish breakfast

  • Leek & Potato Soup

  • Chicken Curry

  • Vegetable Au Gratin

  • Italian Mince

  • Shortbread

  • Fairtrade banana bread

  • Spaghetti Bolognaise

  • Fish & chips


Year 10 Topic work
  1. Is your food full of it? Eat lass salt

  2. Needs of the elderly

  3. Foods from around the globe

  4. Food on the go

  5. Christmas cookery

  6. Consumerism

  7. Convenience foods

  8. Money matters

  9. A-Z of adolescents


Practical work this year will include the following:
  • Crisp comparative test

  • Vegetable Pasta Bake

  • Easy Omelette

  • Tuna Pasta Bake

  • Pineapple Upside Down Pudding

  • Pizza

  • Home Made Beefburger


In Years 11 and 12 Home Economics: Child Development can be chosen as a GCSE option. 

The Exam Board we use for GCSE Child Development is OCR. Click here to go to the OCR Child Development site.

In this course pupils will develop their knowledge and skills through studying a range of different topics. They will also have the opportunity to carry out a variety of practical investigations. The qualification can lead to further study at AS/A Level and/or GNVQ/VCE in a variety of subjects. There will also be career opportunities in nursery nursing, nursing, teaching and the caring professions.

Pupils will study:

  • Family and parenting

  • Preparation for pregnancy and birth

  • Physical development

  • Nutrition and health

  • Intellectual, social and emotional development

  • Community support.

Pupils will learn how to:

  • Observe and interact with young children

  • Carry out individual, original research;

  • Explore and investigate the needs of young children;

  • Apply the skills learned in coursework to the examination paper.

Strategies include:

  • Practical work investigating the development of children;

  • Use of surveys, questionnaires, the Internet and ICT;

  • Study of the theoretical aspects of the topics listed above.

Child Development Short Tasks
Candidates submit three short tasks chosen from a list of tasks provided by OCR.

Child Study Task
Candidates submit one individual task chosen from a list of themes provided by OCR.

Principles of Child Development
Candidates are required to answer five compulsory questions, including short answers, picture stimulus, data response, structured and free-response formats. Questions will cover all aspects of the specification content

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