“Life Sciences” is the scientific study of living things from the molecular level to their interactions with one another and their environments. The curriculum is separated into four modules throughout Grade 10-12. The modules are: Environmental Studies; Diversity, Change and Continuity; Life at the Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Level; and Life Processes in Plants and Animals. The content is covered in three dimensions with regards to how it is taught and assessed. These dimensions are described below.
Development of scientific knowledge and understanding
Scientific knowledge and understanding can be used to answer questions about the nature of the living world around us. It can prepare learners for economic activity and self-expression. It lays the basis for further studies in science and prepares learners for active participation in a democratic society that values human rights and promotes acting responsibly towards the environment.
Development of science process skills (Scientific Investigations)
The teaching and learning of science involves the development of a range of process skills that may be used in everyday life, in the community and in the workplace. Learners can gain these skills in an environment that supports creativity, responsibility and growing confidence. Learners develop the ability to think objectively and use a variety of forms of reasoning while they use process skills to investigate, reflect, synthesize and communicate.
Development of an understanding of the roles of science in society
Both Science and technology have made a major impact, both positive and negative, on our world. Careful selection of scientific content, and use of a variety of ways of teaching and learning science, should promote understanding of science as a human activity as well as the history of science and the relationship between Life Sciences and other subjects. It also helps learners to understand the contribution of science to social justice and societal development as well as the need for using scientific knowledge responsibly in the interest of ourselves, of society and the environment. Understanding science also helps us to understand the consequences of decisions that involve ethical issues.
In order for your child to be successful in this subject area, they will need to be dedicated and invest enough time into revision and extension activities. Learners who do well in English, History and Biology will thrive in Life Sciences and each of the subjects will act to strengthen the learner’s skills in essay writing, understanding of others beliefs, values and viewpoints, and investigative thought processes. This subject provides a gateway to tertiary studies in Medicine, Physiology, Pathology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Psychology, Education, and other science-related fields.