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Although Life Sciences is traditionally known as a learning subject where if you learnt your work you could pass, it has now become much more interesting. Application, interpretation and thinking play a much more important role and it is not all about rote learning. Life Sciences is one of the few subjects that has a dynamic and exciting practical component to it.

Life Sciences is a subject where students discover interesting facts about their environment and themselves. Students are encouraged to think critically and have intellectual debates on relevant topics.

Four broad themes are covered in each grade, namely:

  • Cells and tissues: We look in depth into the make-up and functioning of our cells and cover topics like mitosis, cancer, meiosis, DNA, protein synthesis, viruses and bacteria.
  • Organs and systems: We move up a few steps in the organisation of organisms and look at how the different systems in the human body are made up and how they function. Some of the systems studied are the digestive system, respiratory system, circulatory system and the reproductive system.
  • Environmental Studies: We look at what makes our environment suitable for life and what man’s effect is on the environment in which he lives. We also look at ways of ensuring that our resources do not run out.
  • Biodiversity: We look at how man influences the number of different species in an environment and look at ways of improving our biodiversity.

Who should take Life Sciences?

  • Anyone interested in life, living bodies and how they work!
  • Anyone interested in our environment!


A Life Scientist needs an enquiring mind, so encourage your children to ask questions about what they see and observe around them. You don’t need to have all the answers, encourage your child to investigate and carry out some research in order to find the answers.

Encourage your children to observe, collect data from their surroundings, tabulate and graph the data, interpret the data and draw a conclusion. If they do this with very basic data at home it will be easier for them to apply this skill to more complex data at school.