Middle School Subjects – Home Economics

The central focus of Home Economics is the wellbeing of individuals and families in their everyday living. Home Economics education takes an action-oriented, empowerment approach that enables students to build capacity for critical and creative approaches to decision-making and problem-solving related to fundamental needs and practical concerns of individuals and families, both locally and globally. In an ever-changing and ever-challenging environment that puts centre stage issues such as food security, emotional health, sustainability, consumer excesses and a widening poverty gap, one of Home Economics education’s unique strengths is that it prepares students to respond to a range of real-life challenges. Its other unique strength is its practical orientation, which for many students provides opportunities for concrete achievements and increased self-esteem.

The curriculum draws on the Health and Physical Education and Technology learning areas. Middle School students will develop their proficiency in a range of skills related to food and wellbeing and textiles and design.

Year 7

Class activities may include:

  • Learning basic sewing skills in Textiles. This involves designing and creating an Apron.
  • Food and cooking encompass an introduction to the kitchen, daily food practices, health and nutrition and basic safety practices in the kitchen. This includes learning to make healthy snacks such as Scones, Muffins, Fritters and a Berry Parfait Masterchef Challenge.

Year 8

Class activities may include:

  • Developing sewing skills in Textiles. This involves designing and creating a Pencil Case with a zip.
  • Food and cooking encompass an introduction to the kitchen, daily food practices, health and nutrition and basic safety practices in the kitchen. This includes learning to make healthy family meals such as Spaghetti Bolognese, Pasta Bake, Butter Chicken, Hamburgers, Stir Fry and Pear and Rhubarb Crumble with Custard.

Year 9 (Elective Subject)

Class activities may include:

  • Refining and developing sewing skills in Textiles. This involves designing and creating a pair of Boxer Shorts with a logo and care instructions. Students will also evaluate their progress and final product.
  • Food and cooking include an in depth focus on evaluating and adapting everyday food for health. This course also looks at a further understanding of safe food handling and further development of cooking skills. This includes learning to make family meals such as Yiros, Green Thai Curry, Risotto, Homemade Pizza, Lasagna and Chocolate and Vanilla Marbled Cupcakes.

Students consolidate their skills, knowledge and understanding in a variety of settings and through various learning tasks and assessment types. These include:

  • Practical sessions involving organisation and time management, team collaboration, efficiency, quality and suitability of presentation and final products
  • Assignments involving problem-solving, planning, researching and evaluating.
  • Book work including recording and organising their learning

Year 10 – Food and Hospitality