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Frequently Asked Questions

General

To uplift the standing and impact of Life Orientation in high schools throughout South Africa.

With a membership of over a hundred high schools, Teenactiv has a diverse range of subscribing schools. These include private schools, government schools (fee and no-fee schools) and home schools.

Furthermore, private schools of various faiths (including Christianity, Judaism and Islam) are also part of the Teenactiv Community.

Teenactiv focuses solely on the needs of high school Life Orientation Teachers. Whether you are a seasoned HOD, new to teaching the subject or exploring fresh ways of covering aspects of the Curriculum … Teenactiv is able to assist.

Content

Teenactiv is completely aligned with all the latest requirements and guidelines for: 

  • Life Orientation Senior Phase National Curriculum Statement (NCS)
    Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) Grades 7-9 

  • Life Orientation FET Phase National Curriculum Statement (NCS)
    Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) Grades 10-12 

The IEB uses the South African National Curriculum which is regulated by the Department of Basic Education. Teenactiv is completely aligned with the National Curriculum. 

Numerous IEB schools are members of Teenactiv.

Teenactiv also provides content that is specific for IEB schools including Grade 12 Research Task Topic examples and Grade 12 Alternative Task examples.

Lesson Preparations, Written Tasks, Projects, June Exam Papers, November Exam Papers, various Teenactiv Community Resources (PowerPoint Presentations, Videos etc).

Our Lesson Preparations typically include: 

  • Teaching Plan 
  • Detailed and Practical Lesson Methodologies
  • Dynamic Resources & Class Activities – PowerPoint Presentations, Peer-to-Peer Learning Resources, Video Clips, Case Studies, Worksheets 

All Lesson Preparation content can be edited by teachers – to enhance suitability and relevance.

 

Lack of stimulating LO lessons has built up negative connotations regarding the subject both amongst learners and teachers.

Teenactiv lessons include a variety of engaging resources and activities to make lessons more stimulating for both teachers and learners. In doing so, we hope to expose learners to skills, debates and opinions that help them grow emotionally and socially. Ultimately, our aim is for learners to better recall the information covered in class when a life situation arises, so that they can make wise choices in that circumstance/moment.

All Teenactiv content is developed by selected, experienced LO teachers – who are guided by our team of experts and consultants. Furthermore, before being published, all content is quality checked by a team of experts to ensure activities are practical, relevant, inclusive and adhere to the latest Curriculum guidelines.

Unlike Mathematics where teaching Pythagoras’ theorem remains the same every year, the references and examples used to illustrate themes within Life Orientation need to constantly be updated – in order to remain relevant and stimulating for learners (and LO teachers).

Furthermore, with illustrations often drawing on topical issues in the media, it is important that these are regularly updated to reflect any changes. Example: Prior to February 2013, Oscar Pristorius would have been viewed as a role model.

New content is published throughout the year. In most instances, it is made available to schools in the term prior to its use - to provide teachers with sufficient time to incorporate components thereof into their term planning.

Teachers are emailed copies of all new material upon its publication on the Teenactiv website.

Over the past thirteen years, Teenactiv has developed good relationships with every Provincial Education Department. Please contact us should you need a contact person in your province.

Fresh Exam Papers are provided every year. The June Exam Papers are usually sent to schools prior to the April holidays while the November Papers are published in early September. Schools also have access to all previously published Exam Papers via the Teenactiv website. 

Teenactiv provides a separate Exam Paper for each topic covered. 
Example: For Grade 10 June Exams – schools would receive a Grade 10 T1&2 DSS, Grade 10 T1&2 CCC and a Grade 10 T1&2 DHR/SER Exam Paper. Each paper consists of Sections A, B, C and also includes a Memorandum. 

Exam Papers are developed by selected, experienced LO teachers – who are guided by our team of experts and consultants. All content is quality checked before being published. 

Exam Papers are provided to member schools in Microsoft Word format – so that LO teachers can select and extract questions from each of the papers (for a particular grade) – to make up their own Exam Paper for that grade. They are also welcome to adapt questions to make them more relevant for their learners.     

Every effort is made to limit any barriers to implementation. Where appropriate, alternative lesson activities are suggested – to cater for differently resourced schools.

Membership

Select the Join button on the Teenactiv website and we will provide you with a quotation for your school.  As soon as your school’s subscription fee has been paid, your LO teachers will have access to all the content available on the Teenactiv website. There is no limit to the number of teachers a school can register – however we recommend keeping it to those teachers involved with Life Orientation.  Furthermore, teachers can be added or removed throughout the year at no additional cost.

 

Only teachers at high schools that cover the Life Orientation Curriculum.

With schools having to renew their membership each year- it serves as a measure of accountability and an incentive for Teenactiv to continuously seek to add value to our member schools.

This is done by ensuring that we stick to all our promises, maintain our high standards and constantly explore fresh ways to enhance the impact of the subject.

Subscriptions run till year end. Schools need to notify Teenactiv prior to year end, should they wish to discontinue.

Teenactiv provides daily support both through email (carstengertz@teenactiv.co.za) and telephone 021 686 2299 or 083 733 3632. Our response time is usually the same day.