Grade 8 is the middle of the Senior Phase in the South African education system but the start of high school for most South African learners. The focus in the Grade 8 Studying Life Orientation book is on Personal Development but includes all of the Senior Phase Life Orientation topics required by the curriculum so it is CAPS aligned. The Life Orientation Grade 8 book aims to help learners develop an understanding of their own identity which will support effective decision making when faced with risk factors such as alcohol/drug use; peer pressure and bullying.
A distinctive feature of the Life Orientation series is: ‘Ethics for Life’. International educational trends show that introducing learners to ethics through research and debate supports the development of positive social, emotional, environmental and global values. Each grade has a section or task where the development of ethical living is encouraged through debate, reading, research, discussion and thought.