|SUBJECT HEAD||Ms T. Duval|
LIFE ORIENTATION (COMPULSORY)
Life Orientation is a dynamic subject that prepares learners for life and its possibilities. Our exciting curriculum equips our pupils for meaningful and successful living in a rapidly changing society. We focus on the social, personal, intellectual, emotional and physical growth of learners, and the way in which these facets are inter-related. The Life Orientation learning area aims to empower learners to use their talents to achieve their full physical, intellectual, personal, emotional and social potential. They are given opportunities to use these talents in making a positive contribution to our community. Learners are taught how to make informed, morally- responsible and accountable decisions about their health and the environment and are encouraged to acquire and practice skills that will assist them to respond to life’s challenges.
Learning Outcomes and content taught:
There are four progressive focus areas for Grades 10 – 12:
Personal well being
This examines the self-concept, emotional literacy, social competency and life skills. It seeks to deal with the realities of peer pressure, factors that influence quality of life and the dynamics of relationships, and endeavours to prepare pupils for a variety of roles. This focus addresses issues related to the prevention of substance abuse, diseases of life style, reproductive health, teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, HIV and AIDS, and the promotion of personal, community and environmental health. Various perspectives on the above are explored.
Aspects addressed within this area include human rights as contained in the constitution, social relationships and diversity.
Political literacy, the importance of volunteerism and social service are emphasized.
The causes, consequences and prevention of social ills and the promotion of environmentally sustainable living are addressed. Knowledge of diverse religions and belief systems is emphasized as it contributes to the development of responsible citizenship and social justice.
Recreation and physical well-being
Knowledge of healthy practices and sound nutrition, participation in games, sport, recreational and leisure-time activities, and an understanding of the relationship between nutrition, health, physical activities and environment can improve the quality of lives and well-being of all pupils. Physical well-being is also shown as potentially important to open doors to various careers, community projects and lifelong well-being.