Science

“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science”

Edwin Powell Hubble,
The Nature of Science

Welcome to Science

At our school, science isn’t just confined to the classroom; it’s a dynamic and immersive experience that extends far beyond the traditional boundaries of textbooks and lectures. Our vibrant array of science-focused clubs and extracurricular activities enrich students’ educational journey and ignite their passion for discovery. It’s an exploration, a journey, and a passport to a world of endless possibilities.

Key Stage 3 & 4

In Key Stage 3 students follow the Cambridge Lower Secondary Science curriculum.

In the Cambridge Lower Secondary Science curriculum there are three strands all of which support learners in understanding and investigating natural phenomena and providing a foundation for developing future scientific skills, knowledge, and attitudes:

Thinking and Working Scientifically encompasses three essential scientific approaches that are integral to their understanding of science:

  • Models and Representations – Scientists utilize models and representations to depict objects, systems, and processes, particularly those that are abstract or invisible. These tools help in explaining and conceptualising scientific ideas, enabling predictions and observations’ interpretation.
  • Scientific Enquiry – Learners need to cultivate scientific enquiry skills, encompassing the planning of experiments, evidence gathering, analysis, drawing conclusions, and evaluations.
  • Practical Work – Practical skills such as observation, measurement, and equipment handling are essential for obtaining accurate and reliable data during investigations.


Content
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  • Biology: Focuses on the study of living organisms, life processes, cell structure, and ecosystems.
  • Chemistry: Concentrates on the properties of matter, including atoms, elements, compounds, and substance interactions.
  • Physics: Explores the interaction between matter and energy, encompassing energy, forces, light, sound, and electromagnetism.
  • Earth and Space: Investigates the Earth’s structure, atmosphere, climate, and extends to understanding the Solar System and beyond.


Science in Context
bridges the gap between classroom learning and real-world applications. It helps students connect scientific concepts to practical situations, scientists’ work, relevant phenomena, and global-scale issues. It encourages learners to explore the broader impact and role of science at regional, national, international, and global levels, fostering a holistic understanding of the subject.

In Key Stage 4 students follow Cambridge IGCSE Sciences. Students either opt to take the three separate sciences IGCSE Biology (0610), Chemistry (0620) and Physics (0625) or Co-ordinated Sciences (0654).

The science curriculum is designed to enable students to:

  • acquire scientific knowledge and understanding of scientific theories and practice;
  • develop a range of experimental skills, including handling variables and working safely;
  • use scientific data and evidence to solve problems and discuss the limitations of scientific methods;
  • communicate effectively and clearly, using scientific terminology, notation and conventions;
  • understand that the application of scientific knowledge can benefit people and the environment;
  • enjoy science and develop an informed interest in scientific matters which support further study.


Content
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  • Biology: Characteristics of living organisms, cells, movement in and out of cells, biological molecules, enzymes, animal and plant nutrition, animal and plant transport, disease and immunity, gas exchange, respiration, coordination and response, drugs, reproduction, inheritance, variation and selection, organisms and their environment, and human influences on their ecosystems.
  • Chemistry: States of matter, atoms, elements and compounds, stoichiometry, electrochemistry, chemical energetics, chemical reactions, acids and bases, the periodic table, metals, chemistry of the environment, organic chemistry, and chemical analysis.
  • Physics: Motion, forces and energy, thermal physics, waves, electricity and magnetism, nuclear physics, and space physics.

Sixth Form Biology

A level Biology students follow the Cambridge syllabus 9700. This course equips students with a deep understanding of biological concepts, fostering critical thinking and analytical skills. The rigorous curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including cell biology, conservation, genetics, physiology, and more, providing students with a comprehensive foundation in the life sciences.

At its core, the program encourages students to explore the intricacies of life on Earth, from the molecular mechanisms that underlie biological processes. It emphasises practical laboratory work, enabling students to develop essential experimental and investigative skills, preparing them for scientific research and higher education in biology-related fields.

Future careers: Graduates of this program are well-equipped to embark on careers in fields such as medicine, biotechnology, genetics, ecology, pharmaceuticals, and environmental science.

Sixth Form Chemistry

A level Chemistry students follow the Cambridge syllabus 9701. The course offers students a comprehensive understanding of chemical principles and laboratory skills. This curriculum delves into various chemistry subfields, including organic, inorganic, physical, and analytical chemistry, ensuring students acquire a well-rounded foundation in the subject.

A key feature of the programme is its emphasis on practical experimentation, allowing students to develop strong laboratory and analytical skills. This hands-on approach not only reinforces theoretical knowledge but also prepares students for scientific research and future studies in chemistry-related disciplines.

Future careers: Graduates are well-prepared for professions in medicine, pharmaceuticals, chemical engineering, environmental science, and research.

Sixth Form Physics

A level Physics students follow the Cambridge syllabus 9702. The course offers students a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles that govern the physical world. This curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, waves, quantum, particle physics and astronomy providing students with a solid foundation in the field of physics.

A distinctive feature of the program is its strong emphasis on experimental inquiry and problem-solving. Students are encouraged to engage in hands-on experiments, develop critical analytical skills, and apply theoretical knowledge to tackle real-world challenges. This focus on practical experimentation not only enriches their understanding but also equips them with the essential skills for scientific research and future studies in physics-related disciplines.

Future careers: Graduates are well-prepared for careers in engineering, aerospace, astrophysics, research, data analysis, and education.

Sixth Form Marine Science

For the marine enthusiasts, our A-level Marine Science program organises captivating expeditions to delve into the diverse marine ecosystems surrounding Cayman’s crystal-clear waters, turning learning into an unforgettable adventure.

A level Marine Science students follow the Cambridge syllabus 9693. This course delves into the captivating world of marine ecosystems, fostering a deep understanding of oceanography, marine biology, and environmental science.

The curriculum is designed to immerse students in the study of marine life, oceanography, and the intricate relationships within saltwater ecosystems. It covers topics such as marine biodiversity, conservation, ocean chemistry, and coastal management. Through a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical fieldwork, students gain insights into the complexities of our oceans and their importance to the global environment.

A hallmark of the program is its hands-on approach, which involves numerous field trips to explore the diverse marine life found in and around the waters of Cayman. These experiential learning opportunities provide students with a profound appreciation for marine ecosystems, as well as valuable research and data collection skills.

Future careers: Graduates can pursue careers as marine biologists, oceanographers, environmental scientists, conservationists, and educators.

Extra-Curricular Clubs & Opportunities

In the Seaperch club, students dive into the fascinating world of underwater robotics, designing and building their own submersibles for exciting aquatic adventures. Meanwhile, the Robotics club challenges young minds to engineer innovative solutions, fostering creativity and problem-solving skills.

For those with their heads in the stars, our Astronomy club provides a celestial perspective, exploring the mysteries of the universe through stargazing and cosmic exploration.

But the excitement doesn’t stop there. Our students shine on a broader stage, with numerous accolades in science competitions. The Rotary Science Fair is a testament to their dedication and success. Our A-level students also have the opportunity to participate in prestigious competitions like the British Physics and Chemistry Olympiads, where they showcase their scientific prowess on the national and international stage.