Health & Wellbeing

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The departments of Home Economics and Physical Education, emphasise the importance of healthy lifestyle by developing practical, analytical and problem solving skills, whilst encouraging active participation in learning.

Home Economics Department

The department delivers practical courses. It is very useful in preparing pupils for their future, learning to buy and cook food, look after their health and have a positive lifestyle. A course in Practical Cookery is also useful for a wide range of careers such as dietician, nutritionist, teacher, cook or chef.

The department teaches sound knowledge and understanding as well as good organisation and management skills for both the home and the workplace. Pupils learn skills that promote a healthier lifestyle, both now and in the future. Courses are regularly updated to reflect current dietary advice, technological advances and changes in consumer law.

The department aims to nurture pupils to become confident and responsible members of society; every opportunity is given to pupils to achieve success with their learning and to reach their full potential. Lessons are delivered through hands on experiences and investigative work, using ICT to enhance lessons and stimulate participation.

Course Outlines

There are three areas of study in this course:

Cookery Skills, Techniques and Processes

Understanding and Using Ingredients

Organisational Skills for Cooking

Together with an Added Value Unit: Producing a Meal

Physical Education Department

Physical Education courses provide the opportunity to develop talents in a wide range of competitive and individual activities, improve performance and build up fitness. Pupils learn how to judge their own performance and make improvements. The courses also aim to develop individual abilities and to enhance personal and social skills. Physical Education makes an important contribution to a balanced education and may help pupils to progress to further education or future employment.

In S1 and S2 all pupils follow the same core curriculum and develop skills across a range of activities. Knowledge and understanding relating to Health and Wellbeing underpins teaching in all activities.

S2 and S3 pupils can also opt for an extra two periods of PE weekly which have a focus on dance and gymnastics.

All S3 and S4 pupils continue to study core PE for at least two periods. During this time they are afforded with more choice and encouraged to design a broad curriculum encompassing team and individual activities.

Pupils in S4/5/6 can select PE as one of their certificate subjects.

Course Outline: Nat 5

Physical Education is a practical subject that develops your physical movement and performance skills. You will learn how to reflect on and improve performance.

The course has two compulsory units plus an added value unit that assesses your practical skills. The units are the same as those for National 4 but you will have to work to a higher standard.

Physical Education: Performance Skills

In this unit you will:

  • Develop your range of movement and performance skills
  • Learn how to select, use, demonstrate and adapt these skills
  • Develop consistency in control and fluency during movement to enable you to perform safely and effectively.

Physical Education: Factors Impacting on Performance

In this unit you will:

  • Develop your understanding of the factors that affect physical performance
  • Consider the effects of mental, emotional, social and physical factors on performance
  • Learn how to plan for, monitor, record and evaluate the process of personal performance.

Course Outline: Higher

The course is made up of two units which are taught together:

Physical Education : Performance (60 hours)

Physical Education : Analysis and Development of Performance (60 hours)

The Performance unit allows you to to take part in activities such as gymnastics, volleyball, football,  badminton, hockey or athletics. You would normally do at least four activities. Your teacher will discuss with you which available activity is suited to your own interests or talents.

At the same time as you are working through the Performance unit, you will be undertaking the Analysis and Development of Performance unit in which you use a variety of methods to look at your progress, identify strengths and weaknesses and find ways of improving. Your progress may be recorded in video clips, sequenced photographs, notes, training diary or checklists


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