This page contains Life Sciences CAPS Document for FET Phase Grade 10 – 12 (Grade 10, Grade 11, and Grade 12).  This is the most important information for Teachers and Learners, that guides the progress of the Life Sciences subject curriculum for the FET Phase as per the South African Department of Education standards.

‘Life Sciences’ is the scientific study of living things from molecular level to their interactions with one another and their environments. To be accepted as a science, it is necessary to use certain methods for broadening existing knowledge, or discovering new things. These methods must lend themselves to replication and a systematic approach to scientific inquiry. The methods include formulating hypotheses and carrying out investigations and experiments as objectively as possible to test these hypotheses. Repeated investigations are carried out and adapted. The methods and results are analysed, evaluated and debated before the community of scientists accepts them as valid.

in Grade 10, all four Knowledge Strands are addressed and serve to introduce learners to the four strands. The recommended Grade 10 teaching sequence for the four Knowledge Strands is:

  1. Life at Molecular, Cellular and Tissue level (Molecules to organs)
  2. Life Processes in Plants and Animals (Processes that sustain life)
  3. Environmental Studies (Biosphere to Ecosystems)
  4. Diversity, Change and Continuity (History of Life on Earth)

The CAPS document contains the prescribed learning content as well as the weekly and annual teaching plans for Life Sciences for FET Phase (Grade 10, Grade 11, and Grade 12), which includes:

  • Informal Assessments
  • Daily Assessments
  • Moderation and Marking of Assessments
  • Tasks and Projects
  • Investigations
  • Practical Work, and
  • Demonstrations

The document gives a clear indication of what topics and learning outcomes are required for Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, and Term 4.

Download the Life Sciences  CAPS Document for FET Phase Grade 10 – 12

Below you can download the Life Sciences CAPS Document for FET Phase (Grade 10, Grade 11, and Grade 12) in pdf format.

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