The members of Ayr Academy Home Economics Department are Mrs Morison (Principal Teacher) and Mrs Ross.
The Home Economics Department offers a range of courses in both Broad General Education and in the Senior Phase.
In S1 pupils work through units of work where they are introduced to hygiene and safety in the kitchen. The pupils are instructed on the use of the cooker and during practical lessons have the opportunity to put this into practice. Pupils are also introduced to textiles and have the opportunity to try equipment including computerised embroidery sewing machines.
S2 pupils further develop their knowledge of nutrients and their use by the body developing an understanding of the link between food and health and by looking at Scottish Dietary Goals. Pupils also complete a textile unit building on the skills learned in S1.
In S3, pupils can choose to further develop their skills in Hospitality and Health and Food Technology. ICT, group work and practical cookery are all elements of the S3 course.
In the Senior Phase, pupils can choose to follow National Courses (N3, N4 or N5) in Hospitality Practical Cookery, or National Courses (N3, N4 or N5) or Higher courses in Health and Food Technology. The Hospitality course further develops learners’ life skills and enhances their personal effectiveness in terms of cookery as well as providing a set of skills for those who wish to progress to further study in the hospitality area.
Health and Food Technology develops learners’ understanding of the importance of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. It also allows learners to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to become informed food consumers. Both courses provide a pathway to a wide variety of career opportunities as well as giving pupils invaluable life skills.