Modified Home Economics & Personal Living Dimensions



The Modified Home Economics and Personal Living Dimensions program at the Aldridge Learning Enhancement Centre endeavours to equip our students with the ability to participate in a range of Cooking, Sewing, Cleaning & Household living experiences & healthy bodies, at school and in the community.  The learning experiences we offer engage students with concepts including teamwork, tolerance, fairness and perseverance, in addition to the acquisition of fundamental everyday rules and living skills.  Units focus on skills and health principles, and an appreciation of life after school to contribute in society.

At the Aldridge Learning Enhancement Centre:

Modified Home Economics and Personal Living Dimensions is undertaken through classes at the Aldridge Learning Enhancement Centre. In Modified Home Economics in years 7-9 students gain experience with a variety of basic sewing, cooking & cleaning skills with a large focus on participation rather than high levels of achievement.

In Personal Living Dimensions Year 10-12 students, participants revisit sewing, cooking & cleaning skill with more enhanced skills, and achievement is more based on getting ready for living an independent lifestyle and healthy lifestyle practises for life after school.

Why study Modified Home Economics & Personal Living Dimensions?

The Modified Home Economics curriculum helps students learn to enjoy lifestyle skills for its many benefits. They not only gain knowledge and skills related to Home Economics and Personal Living, but learn social skills, team/classroom participation that will benefit them in later life.  Other skills include tolerance, cooperation, commitment, self-responsibility, perseverance and respect and teamwork.  Through participation, they can improve self-esteem and self-confidence, and shape positive living and health practices that can be carried beyond school life.

Facilities and Equipment:

Students in Modified Home Economics and Personal Living Dimensions have access to well stocked kitchens and laundry facilities, as well as cleaning equipment throughout the school. 



Units of study:

 ​Personal Livin​g Dimensions3 YEAR PLAN – Years 10, 11 & 12 (Rotating timetable)
  1st year 2nd year
3rd year
Term 1

* Kitchen Safety – Who Poisoned George?

* Household chores (washing up, drying dishes, sorting clothes, laundering tea-towels & clothes, hang clothes on line).

* Healthy snacks – Plan and prepare a healthy snack suitable for a packed lunch.


* Kitchen safety - re-cap

* Household chores (washing machine,    dishwasher, clothes dryer, kettle, food processor, blender, etc.)

* Wash and iron items of clothing.

* Cooking – Main meals (may need to cook over 2 days).


* Create a pair of boxer shorts.

* Clean a car – (clean school bus – interior and exterior)





Term 2

* Learn to use iron safely.

* Using a sewing machine safely.

* Sew a basic apron


* Menu Planning - Plan, budget, buy, create your own ideal lunch or main meal for 2 people ($10 maximum, students supply own $10).

* Shopping excursion for groceries.


* Planning for a Special Event – 21st birthday (plan and budget for your 21st (food, invitations, decorations).


Term 3

* Cooking – create Healthy Breakfasts

   OR theme, e.g. Potato, Egg, etc.

* View – That Sugar Film, Super-Size Me.

* Healthy Eating.


* Desserts – create/cook desserts.

* Recipe writing for desserts.

* Tidy and clean a room – e.g. kitchen.



* Plan and cook a 2 course meal.

* Shopping excursion.

Term 4

* Make an item for your home - Create a Christmas Table runner.


* Christmas cooking – sweets & treats

* Recipe writing for Christmas cooking

* Repair an item of clothing, e.g. sew buttons on, take a hem up, etc.


* Christmas cooking – side salads, roast vegetables, how to a glazed ham, etc.




Modified Home Economics Years 7, 8 & 9 ​Curriculum Plan
Term 1

Hygiene – Kitchen Hygiene & Personal Hygiene.


Kitchen Safety.


Healthy Eating.

Measurement -





* Cooking – Smoothies & Drinks. OR Mini Meals.


# Sewing – sampler (hand sewing stitches that will be used to complete sewing tasks and including other embroidery stitches) 15 – 20 different stitches or more.  Sewing on different types of buttons.

This task could be completed throughout this year.

# How to use the sewing machine

Sewing machine tasks before commencing sewing apron.


# Sewing – apron (including students initial hand embroidered onto pocket).


This will take the whole term.

Term 2# Sewing - French Knitting.

# Sewing – Pin cushion

(Mouse or Tea cup)

Mouse – hand sewn


Tea cup – glued (using hot glue gun).

OR Mini Meals.


# Continue working on sampler.

* Cooking – 101 side dishes.

Potato salad

Pasta salad

Rice salad

Roast vegetables………


Term 3

* Cooking – Healthy School lunches

(Sandwiches & Wraps).


Basic household chores (Boil water, washing up, drying dishes, using washing machine, dishwasher, clothes dryer, hanging clothes on outside line).

* Cooking – Healthy after school snacks)


How to us appliances & appliance safety.


# Continue working on sampler – complete sampler this term.

# Sewing - Owl SHAPED cushion


Patch work cushion.

This will take a whole term.

Term 4

Christmas Decorations.


Christmas Cards.


Loom bands (depending on size of class – could do ½ & ½ swap over).



# Continue working on sampler.


Paper craft (if time).

* Cooking – Cakes, Muffins & Slices




Modified Home Economics and Personal Living Dimensions students gain skills and knowledge that encourage them to participate in a variety of lifestyle skills within the community when they complete their Senior schooling at Aldridge State High School.  Introduction and regular exposure to lifestyle environment skills ensure that will be able to function to the best of their ability in everyday life.  Students doing Modified Home Economics in Years 7-9 may choose to undertake mainstream elective subjects in Home Economics in senior schooling.



Mrs Dianne Higgins coordinates the Modified Home Economics and Personal Living Dimensions program within the Aldridge Learning Enhancement Centre and dedicated Teacher Aides with Home Economic skills. ​














Units of study:

Last reviewed 30 July 2021
Last updated 30 July 2021