Expectations for Students

Expectations for students is an umbrella term that links learning outcomes with annotated examples of student work in the subject specification. 
When teachers, students or parents looking at the online specification scroll over the learning outcomes, a link will sometimes be available to examples of work associated with a specific learning outcome or with a group of learning outcomes. The examples of student work will have been selected to illustrate expectations and will have been annotated by teachers. The examples will include work that is:   
  • Exceptional
  • Above expectations
  • In line with expectations.
The purpose of the examples of student work is to show the extent to which the learning outcomes are being realised in actual cases. 
Learning outcomes
Learning outcomes are statements that describe what knowledge, understanding, skills and values students should be able to demonstrate having studied Home Economics in junior cycle. The learning outcomes set out in the following tables apply to all students. As set out here they represent outcomes for students at the end of their three years of study. The specification stresses that the learning outcomes are for three years and therefore the learning outcomes focused on at a point in time will not have been ‘completed’ but will continue to support the students’ learning in Home Economics up to the end of junior cycle. 
The outcomes are numbered within each strand. The numbering is intended to support teacher planning in the first instance and does not imply any hierarchy of importance across the outcomes themselves. Junior Cycle Home Economics is offered at a common level. The examples of student work linked to learning outcomes will offer commentary and insights that support different standards of student work.
 
 

Strand 1: Food, Health and Culinary Skills

Students learn about

Students should be able to

1. Individual and Family Empowerment
  1. 1.1

    identify the factors that affect personal food choices

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  2. 1.2

    plan, prepare, cost and evaluate healthy and nutritious individual and family meals and snacks

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  3. 1.3

    apply a range of cooking principles and techniques in the preparation of healthy individual and family meals incorporating budgetary considerations

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  4. 1.4

    demonstrate culinary and creative skills in relation to the preparation, cooking and presentation of food

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  5. 1.5

    apply safe and hygienic practices in food handling, preparation, storage and serving

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  6. 1.6

    using a problem-based learning approach, apply nutritional knowledge in the planning and preparation of food for the family

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  7. 1.7

    use available technology for food planning and preparation

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2. Health and Wellbeing
  1. 1.8

    discuss the elements of a healthy lifestyle

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  2. 1.9

    recognise the importance of nutrition and diet in contributing to health and wellbeing

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  3. 1.10

    explain the role of the nutrients in contributing to a healthy balanced diet

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  4. 1.11

    describe the basic structure and basic functions of the digestive system

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  5. 1.12

    investigate the nutritional requirements at each stage of the lifecycle

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  6. 1.13

    plan and prepare meals for individuals with diet-related diseases

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  7. 1.14

    apply the nutritional requirements of individuals with special dietary considerations when planning and preparing meals

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3. Sustainable and Responsible Living
  1. 1.15

    investigate the impact of their food choices from an ecological and ethical perspective 

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  2. 1.16

    apply sustainable practices to the selection and management of food and material resources

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4. Consumer Competence
  1. 1.17

    compare common foods used in food preparation and how they affect the nutrition and sensory quality of the product 

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  2. 1.18

    evaluate commercial and homemade food products

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  3. 1.19

    interpret the information found on a variety of food products using front-of-pack and   back-of-pack food labels

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Strand 2: Responsible Family Living

Students learn about

Students should be able to

1. Individual and Family Empowerment
  1. 2.1

    discuss the different forms of the family 

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  2. 2.2

    explore the roles and responsibilities of the family

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  3. 2.3

    discuss family relationships and the importance of strengthening relationships between individuals and families

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2. Health and Wellbeing
  1. 2.4

    discuss the requirements of a safe and nurturing home environment

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  2. 2.5

    assess the importance of making informed and responsible decisions in everyday life

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  3. 2.6

    apply the design principles and guidelines to room planning and the design of an interior space in the home

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3. Sustainable and Responsible Living
  1. 2.7

    identify how individuals, families and households can contribute to sustainable and responsible living

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  2. 2.8

    describe sustainable everyday practices in the home to include energy efficiency, waste management and water conservation

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  3. 2.9

    explore the influence of technology on the management of personal, family and household resources

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4. Consumer Competence
  1. 2.10

    apply consumer decision-making skills in the management of personal, family and household resources for everyday living

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  2. 2.11

    debate consumers’ rights and responsibilities

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  3. 2.12

    examine how consumers are protected in Ireland by legislation, statutory and non-statutory agencies

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  4. 2.13

    apply financial literacy skills in the preparation and evaluation of a budget for independent living

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Strand 3: Textiles and Craft

Students learn about

Students should be able to

1. Individual and Family Empowerment
  1. 3.1

    demonstrate basic hand and machine sewing techniques

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  2. 3.2

    apply the design brief process and principles to the making of a creative textile item for an individual or the home

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  3. 3.3

    apply basic hand sewing and/or machine sewing techniques to the making of a textile item for an individual or the home in a safe and appropriate way

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  4. 3.4

    demonstrate fabric embellishment techniques

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2. Health and Wellbeing
  1. 3.5

    appreciate the therapeutic and leisure role of participating in textile work

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3. Sustainable and Responsible Living
  1. 3.6

    demonstrate ways in which clothing and/or textile household items can be repaired, re-used, re-purposed, recycled and upcycled 

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  2. 3.7

    evaluate textile care procedures used in the home from an environmental perspective

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  3. 3.8

    discuss the influences of trends and choices on textile and clothing, including ethical and ecological considerations

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4. Consumer Competence
  1. 3.9

    apply their knowledge of textile care symbols

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