Primary Science

Our goal is to foster a deep understanding of the natural world while connecting science to our Christian values. Students actively engage in lessons, developing vital skills and knowledge, promoting curiosity, and emphasizing responsible science use and environmental awareness. We enrich learning through partnerships with local organizations, ensuring students appreciate real-world applications of science.

Welcome to Primary Science

Science at St. Ignatius Primarty

At St. Ignatius Catholic School, we follow the British Primary Science curriculum, which forms the basis for understanding the world through biology, chemistry, and physics. This curriculum is also adapted to reflect life in Cayman, the flora and fauna of the islands, our geographic location, and the surrounding Caribeean sea. Our aim is to cultivate a deep understanding of the natural world while nurturing curiosity to connect their scientific exploration to our Christan ethos and Catholic faith. We equip our students with a strong foundation of scientific knowledge and vocabulary. This knowledge empowers them to communicate their discoveries effectively while developing their scientific skills.

Children actively participate in at least two science lessons each week, encouraging collaborative and independent learning.  Our approach ensures that skills, knowledge, and essential vocabulary are developed progressively, building upon prior learning and guiding students toward specific learning objectives, moral and social responsibilities.  We value scientific thinking and seek opportunities for students to appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of science while fostering a sense of wonder, awe and respect for the complexities of the natural world as a reflection of God’s grandeur.

We consider the responsible use of scientific discoveries, promote environmental awareness, sustainability and healthy life choices as well as ensuring links with the PSHE, English, Mathematics and Religious Education curricula.  Collaborations with local organisations enrich students’ understanding of real-world science applications.   We also encourage partnerships with our secondary school to provide specialised teaching and resources for a comprehensive science education.

In Early Years and Key Stage 1, we encourage active exploration and observations, fostering curiosity and questioning. In lower Key Stage 2, we expand students’ scientific comprehension and scientific terminology. As children progress through upper Key Stage 2, they encounter more abstract concepts and learn how scientific ideas evolve over time. Throughout these phases, our science lessons promote teamwork, respect for diverse viewpoints, and the sharing of ideas, as well as the consideration of science’s societal impact.

Assessment plays a vital role in our science curriculum, ensuring that students’ progress corresponds with age-appropriate expectations at the end of the school year. We utilise teacher observations, student work, and topic tests as key tools for ongoing assessment to support day-to-day learning. These assessments are complemented by end-of-year tests and evaluations that align with the Science National Curriculum objectives.