Unlike many independent schools pupils at Sutton Valence are able to benefit from a well-equipped and vibrant Home Economics department with experienced staff.
Pupils have the opportunity to develop intellectual, aesthetic, manipulative and creative skills, which will prepare them for adult life and work in a changing world. Within the department we aim to develop the pupil’s interest in and an understanding of the relationship between diet and health, through an awareness of dietary needs. Pupils are encouraged to adopt a caring attitude towards others, especially other members of the family and community and to teach co-operation and tolerance of others. We aim to create enjoyment so that the subject will prove to be a lasting life skill.
In the First and Second Form the pupils time is split between Drama and Home Economics and all pupils are given an introduction to the core skills in a sequential manner, using pieces of equipment and increasing the difficulty of practical work as they progress and they are quickly able to produce a range of healthy dishes, snacks and desserts from raw ingredients. Food Hygiene and Safety is one of the initial topics, before they start practical work.
Practical sessions are held each week and the exact dishes will depend on the teacher, seasonal availability of food and the weather.
In the Third Form pupils may choose Home Economics as one of their creative subjects. At the beginning of this year we will revise some of the skills taught in the previous years, as we tend to have a large intake of pupils who have not studied the subject before. We then move on to more complex dishes using short crust pastry, yeast mixtures and seasonal cookery, to include a traditional Christmas cake.
At GCSE pupils follow the OCR Home Economics – Food and Nutrition specification and will be able to cook virtually every week The specification focuses on food and nutrition issues in relation to diet and health throughout life, factors affecting consumer choice, the skills involved in purchase, storage, preparation and cooking of food. The course contains 60% controlled assessment, which is internally marked and externally assessed.
Unit B001 Food and Nutrition Short Tasks. Candidates submit three short tasks (30% of total GCSE marks)
Unit B002 Food Study Task. Candidates submit one task from a theme that is given to them (30% of total GCSE marks)
In addition, pupils will also have the chance to study for the Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering. This is nationally recognised qualification and encourages pupils to consider workplace application of their studies.
Pupils who have not studied Home Economics before are very welcome to start this GCSE course in the Fourth Form. Over the years we have achieved consistently good results maintaining a high level of ‘Value Added’ scores.
Mrs Kay Andersen
Head of Department