Pupils sitting the General paper for Standard grade were disappointed not to see a question on nutrients, functions and sources, said Linda Adam, principal teacher at Cardinal Newman High in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire.
The topic was included, but "well hidden", she said. In the Foundation and Credit papers, it was "instantly recognisable".
Mrs Adam liked the Foundation paper, describing the questions as "straightforward" and the layout "clear". Next year, this paper will change to a multiple-choice format.
She liked the information-handling questions in the General paper and was pleased to see a question on safety, a topic her classes concentrate on, but Question 5, on hair straighteners, was "gender specific".
The Credit paper was "a big step up" from General and contained difficult questions: 1(b), on nutrients, might have thrown some, appearing early in the paper, and should perhaps have been swapped with 2(a), a nutrients and dietary targets question, which most pupils would have been expecting. Question 3(a) was a "band 1" question, she felt. Candidates were asked to evaluate the best service provider to supply and maintain food preparation equipment for a home economics department. Had it related to the home, such as British
Gas servicing, it would have been more appropriate, she felt. Question 4 (a) also tested pupils' knowledge: it asked them to find four ways (other than selling unwanted clothes at a part-exchange shop) for a cash-strapped family to increase their income.