Life Orientation is the study of the self in relation to others and to society. It equips learners to engage on personal, psychological, neuro-cognitive, motor, physical, moral, spiritual, cultural, socio-economic and constitutional levels, to respond positively to the demands of the world, to assume responsibilities and to make the most of life’s opportunities. It enables learners to know how to exercise their constitutional rights and responsibilities, to respect the rights of others and to value diversity, health and well-being.
It promotes knowledge, values, attitudes and skills that prepare learners to respond effectively to the challenges that confront them as well as the challenges they will have to deal with as adults and to play a meaningful role in society and the economy.
The Grade 10 syllabus covers four focus areas:
1. Personal well-being: Learners are encouraged to achieve and maintain personal well-being e.g. building self-esteem, risks attached to substance abuse, etc.
2. Citizenship education: Learners will be able to demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the values and rights that underpin the Constitution in order to practise responsible citizenship and to enhance social justice and environmentally sustainable living.
3. Recreation and physical well-being: The learner will be enabled to explore and engage in recreation and physical activities to promote well-being.
4. Career and career choices: Learners will be able to demonstrate self-knowledge and the ability to make informed decisions regarding further study, career fields and career pathing.
Promotion at Grade 10 and Grade 11 level will be based on internal assessment only. Other criteria are the same as for all other learning areas. There will not be a final exam in Life Orientation, but a portfolio of the learners’ work will have to be prepared for external moderators.