Catholic Institute of Education


Draft Core Curriculum Statement

Two main factors have led to the necessity of developing a core curriculum for Religious Education in South African Catholic schools. See the Curriculum page. You can download the draft statements here.

The two statements are accompanied by suggested programmes from Lifebound (Grades R to 7) and CORD (Grades 8 to 12), which will cover the core curriculum.

Suggested programmes for 2019

To meet the requirements of the Draft Core Curriculum Statement, teachers of Religious Education can either develop their own programmes and lessons, or they can choose to use the core programmes of 32 lessons per year drawn from Lifebound and CORD, which can be downloaded on this page. The programmes identify a single lesson per teaching week of the year, aligning them where feasible with religious festivals and with topics dealt with in Life Orientation.

Grades R to 7

These Lifebound programmes come in the form of a calendar that features school opening and closing dates (brown blocks), school holidays (yellow), weekends (light blue), public holidays (light green), liturgical (red) and other religious festivals (purple), and other special days (dark green). The suggested lesson numbers for each week are given in white print on a dark blue background.

In most cases the lessons in Foundation Phase (Grades R to 3) could, in principle, be integrated with Life Skills. However, a number of lessons often relate to a single Life Skills topic and with the 32 lessons spread, one per week, throughout the year this does not in practice allow for integration while adhering strictly to the CAPS pace-setter programme. In Intermediate Phase (Grades 4 to 6) and in Grade 7, there are few opportunities for such integration.

Grades 8 to 12

These CORD programmes come in the form of tables that give a suggested week for each of the 32 lessons and a cross-reference to liturgical days and seasons, and to Life Orientation CAPS where relevant.

​Lifebound assessment instruments

Assessment instruments designed for particular groups of lessons or for more general use can be downloaded here.

Generic instruments (for use in different grades)

Specific instruments (for use in particular grades and lesson groups)

Lifebound worksheet guides

These guides contain factual or suggested answers to the worksheets where necessary. In many instances, however, the worksheets call for open responses from learners and no suggestions are offered for these.

Lifebound Grade 6 guide

National RE tests

Grade 6 RE test 2010

Grade 6 and Grade 9 RE tests 2011

Grade 6 and Grade 9 RE tests 2012

Grade 6 and Grade 9 RE tests 2014 

Grade 6 and Grade 9 RE tests 2015

Grade 6 and Grade 9 RE Tests 2016

Grade 6 and Grade 9 RE tests 2017

Note that these tests will be based on the core curriculum and the suggested programmes given at the top of this page.

Common assessment tasks

You can download common assessment tasks here. They are based on material from Lifebound (Grade 7) and CORD (Grades 8 to11)

Religious festivals

The multireligious dimension of our society is featured in the Catholic school Religious Education curriculum and in the Religion Education component of Life Orientation. A calendar of major festivals of world religions and a supplement including days of national and international significance is provided as a resource for making this dimension visible in the school.

Click here for the 2018 calendar

Full liturgical calendar


The following paraliturgies, while designed for a specific year, can easily be adapted to suit current contexts and needs.

Click here for a paraliturgy to mark Eid Al-Fitr (1 Shawwaal 1439 AH) (Friday 15 June 2018).here

Click here for a paraliturgy to mark the Jewish New Year festival Rosh Hashanah 5779 (Monday 10 September 2018).

Click here for a paraliturgy to mark the Hindu Diwali festival (Wednesday 7 November 2018).