Our Post Primary Curriculum
The primary aim of teaching Home Economics is to help to prepare boys and girls for important aspects of everyday living. It gives pupils the skills they need to lead effective lives as individuals, family members and as part of the wider community. Here in St. Dymphna’s a multi-sensory approach is used to give pupils the opportunity to learn effectively in a way suited to their abilities.
Through this subject, pupils learn about diet and health issues that directly affect them. Home Economics provides pupils with information about nutrition and eating a balanced diet so they can make informed decisions about the benefits of healthy eating. It gives them knowledge to make healthy choices at a time when increasing consumption of convenience food is having a negative effect on health, obesity is an increasing problem; and diet-related illness is prevalent. They learn in a practical way by planning meals and preparing food in a safe manner. It inspires pupils to take a healthy interest in food and gives them the confidence to experiment creatively with it.
Home Economics ensures that pupils learn practical aspects of working effectively with others. It is a great subject to develop team work in such matters as hygiene, clearing up during and after work with food, and serving meals pleasantly in a clean and attractive environment while allowing for individuality. As pupils practise different methods of food preparation they will develop their ability to select and use methods appropriate to the recipe and type of food they are preparing.
Our Home Economics kitchen is modern and very well equipped allowing students to select the equipment appropriate to their tasks; making use of labour saving appliances and new technology in the kitchen. These are skills they need for independent living. Active learning strategies gives pupils first-hand experience selected from or reinforced by everyday examples which helps to motivate pupils. They also learn about different textiles: their qualities, care, and purposes. This includes how to do laundry properly to extend the life of clothing. They will also gain practical experience in using familiar and unfamiliar household utensils and equipment.
The Home Economics teacher in St. Dymphna’s liaises with class teachers. There are many areas of common interest and linkage with Home Economics and other subjects such as Science, Mathematics, Art and Geography. We discuss different cultures and occasions, shopping guidelines, methods of shopping and methods of payment. While cooking is perhaps the skill people most associate
with Home Economics, studying Home Economics is really a class in skills for real life. It equips young people to make healthy choices, shop wisely and become independent members of society. We apply this knowledge in our practical trips to local shops. This allows learners to practice and transfer what is learned in the classroom to real life situations.
Home Economics provides a broad educational experience, giving pupils relevant and practical skills they can apply to their lives and future employment.
Materials, Technology, Wood.
Materials Technology Wood provides students with an opportunity to become both innovative and creative with wood. Classes and curriculum content are tailored to meet the needs of all the students.
Classes comprise of both practical and theory. In theory class topics covered include: health and safety, the life cycle of a tree, different types timber, in addition to the workshop tools used in project manufacture.
In practical class students get hands on experience as they manufacture their projects. A fundamental element of the subject is project design. Therefore, students are afforded the opportunity to integrate a feature which appeals to them in to their finished projects
We have a specialist teacher for music for 90 minutes a week who has been teaching pupils to play the tin whistle and the keyboard. Pupils have been using a range of percussion instruments and enjoy performing at school events.
All of the pupils in the Transition Class and a number of pupils in Class 3 had the opportunity to take part in a project with the Whistle Blast Quartet and two local Secondary schools before Christmas. This resulted in an afternoon and evening performance at Ballina Arts Centre.
Pupils have the opportunity to develop a range of skills both individually and in team games with our PE teacher.
The following strands are covered each year.
•Outdoor and adventure activities