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Home Technology

Key Stage 4 Overview

The Home Technology key stage 4 curriculum is based around students acquiring a range of different practical skills through taught sessions and practical experience. The 3 subject areas are focused on preparing students so that they have an understanding of the sector in which they are planning to work.  Each subject has a mixture of coursework-based tasks and an external exam, which can be taken in either year 2 or 3 of the course.

Year 9- Food

  • Food hygiene and safety
  • Bacteria and food poisoning
  • Safe handling and storage of equipment and utensils
  • The Eatwell guide and Nutrients
  • Planning and completing a practical session

Year 9- H&S – Comp 1 – Human lifespan development

  • Main life stages
  • Areas of growth and development
  • Physical development – types
  • Physical development through the life stages
  • Intellectual development through the life stages
  • Language development
  • Emotional development through the life stages
  • Social development through the life stages  
  • Physical factors
  • Lifestyle
  • Social and cultural factors
  • Relationships and isolation
  • Economic factors
  • Life events
  • Physical events
  • Relationship changes
  • Life circumstances
  • Dealing with life events
  • Adapting to change
  • Types of support
  • Informal support
  • Professional sources of support
  • Voluntary sources of support

Year 9- CPLD – Promoting children’s development through play

  • Ways in which children play at each age group
  • How children play at each age range
  • The importance of adult support in early years settings
  • The suitability of adult support
  • Play opportunity for each age range
  • How play opportunities promote development
  • The value of play opportunities on all areas of development
  • How early years setting structure play
  • How play structures promote children’s development
  • The extent to which play strictures support all areas of development
  • The effects on a child’s development of various play structures

Year 10- Food

  • Seasonal foods
  • Factors affecting food choices
  • Cultural food choices- Vegan, Vegetarian, Religion
  • Sustainability, Organic Foods
  • Environmental issues- Food miles, packaging, food waste

Year 10- H&S- Comp 2 0 Health and social care services and values

  • Primary care
  • Secondary and tertiary care
  • Allied health professionals
  • Services for children and young people
  • Services for adults of children with specific needs
  • Services for older adults
  • Informal social care
  • Physical barriers
  • Sensory barriers
  • Social, cultural and psychological barriers
  • Language barriers
  • Geographical barriers
  • Intellectual barriers
  • Resource barriers for service providers
  • Financial barriers
  • Empowering and promoting independence
  • Respect for others
  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Preserving dignity
  • Effective communication
  • Safeguarding and duty of care
  • Promoting anti-discriminatory practice
  • Applying care values in a compassionate way
  • Working together
  • Making mistakes
  • Reviewing own application of care values
  • Receiving feedback
  • Using feedback

Year 10- CPLD – Patterns of Children’s Development

  •  Growth and Development in children
  •  Characteristics of children’s development form birth up to eight years
  •  How adults in early years settings can support children’s development

Year 11-Food

  •  Analysing a design brief
  • Planning and reviewing a menu for a target audience
  • Factors affecting food choices and preparation
  • Planning and completing a practical session
  • Evaluating a set menu


Year 11-H&S – Health and Wellbeing

  • Definition of health and wellbeing
  • Genetic inheritance
  • Ill health
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Substance abuse
  • Personal hygiene
  • Social interactions
  • Stress
  • Willingness to seek help or access services
  • Financial resources
  • Environmental conditions
  • Housing
  • The impact of life events relating to relationship changes
  • The impact of life events relating to life circumstances
  • Health indicators
  • Resting pulse rate and recovery after exercise
  • Blood pressure
  • Peak flow
  • Body mass index
  • Using published guidelines to interpret health indicators
  • Risks to hgealth of abnormal readings
  • Interpreting lifestyle data
  • Interpreting lifestyle data on smoking
  • Interpreting lifestyle data on alcohol
  • Interpreting lifestyle data on inactivity
  • The importance of a person-centred approach
  • Recommended actions to improve health and wellbeing
  • Short and long term targets
  • Sources of support
  • Potential obstacles to implementing plans
  • Emotional/psychological obstacles
  • Time constraints
  • Availability of resources
  • Unachievable targets
  • Lack of support
  • Ability/disability and addiction
  • Barriers to accessing identified services


Year 11-CPLD – The principles of early years practice

  • The importance of inclusive practice in early years settings
  • Explore ways in which early years settings implement inclusive practice
  •  Understand how children are empowered in early years settings

 Understand the importance of the key person approach in supporting children’s development