Home Economics is an optional subject that teaches valuable life skills. It is studied through three interconnected strands: Food, Health and Culinary Skills; Responsible Family Living; and, Textiles and Craft.
Home Economics has equal parts practical and theory. Practical aspects include cookery and textile and sewing skills which students will develop over their three years at Junior Cycle.
Home Economics tackle everyday issues. Such issues include concerns relating to food, nutrition, diet and health; family and social concerns; consumer issues; sustainability in the home; responsible family resource management; and textiles and clothing. Home Economics education develops students’ essential life skills and personal independence.
Students completing Junior Cycle Home Economics will complete two Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) along with a practical cookery exam.
CBA 1 is focused on textile skills where students are asked to create a sustainable item showcasing the skills they have developed.
CBA 2 is focused on special diets and nutrition whereby students must analyse and draw on their knowledge of health and nutrition to cater for individuals with health concerns etc.
The practical cookery exam will be completed in the final term of third year where students will prepare, cook and serve a dish of their choice. The practical exam is awarded 50% of their overall grade.