Key Stage 3 Home Economics


Home Economics aims to equip pupils with the knowledge, skills and values that will help them to make appropriate lifestyle choices.


In Years 8, 9 and 10 pupils study Home Economics for two periods per week and have regular experience of practical activities. They have the opportunity to examine key concepts in relation to:

  • Healthy Eating

  • Home and Family Life

  • Independent Living

Year 8 pupils Alexandra, Holly and Hannah making Fresh Fruit Smoothies


Home Economics provides pupils with opportunities to explore real issues explicitly relevant to real-life contexts. These experiences lead to the development of a wide range of transferable skills. Of particular value is the contribution of the subject to the development of skills such as decision making and working with others.


  • Home Economics develops pupils as individuals by:
    Helping them explore their health in a practical context, enhancing their potential to live a healthy lifestyle and make responsible choices about their diet and food.


  • Home Economics develops pupils as contributors to society by:
    Giving them a sense of themselves as social beings and how they relate to one another; making them aware of values and lifestyles that are different from their own and helping them make reasoned judgements in family relationships.


  • Home Economics develops pupils as contributors to the economy by:
    Giving them an awareness of themselves as consumers in a changing economy to help them become discerning and effective when making judgements in relation to the environment and personal finances.


Year 10 pupils Hannah and Alex with Mrs Bristow from the LMC for NI


 Rosie McGonagle, Year 10 – Regional winner of the Dairy Council for NI Young Cook of the Year Competition