Cannon Lane

Primary School

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At Cannon Lane we nurture children’s scientific curiosity and inspire them through a rich curriculum which develops their appreciation and passion for the subject. Children improve their scientific skills through challenging and creative lessons which involve working scientifically and understanding their importance in the real world.


Science themed days and educational trips and workshops such as day trips to the Greenwich Observatory and palaeontology workshops at the Natural History Museum to enable children to further enrich their learning and love for science.




In addition, Cannon Lane has proudly achieved the ‘Primary Science Quality Mark’ (PSQM). This is the only national award scheme which develops and celebrates the quality of science teaching and learning and enables schools to work together to share good practice supported by professional development. 




A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.




At Cannon Lane, we aim to ensure that:

  • The children develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • The children develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • The children are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
  • Teachers meet their statutory obligations with regards to the teaching of science.
  • We raise science standards by promoting a high standard of excellence and consistency of approach amongst all staff
  • Procedures for planning and assessment enable a broad and balanced curriculum that has continuity and progression and addresses equal opportunities
  • We foster a positive attitude to science as an interesting and exciting part of the curriculum
  • We foster in children the confidence to apply their knowledge, skills and ideas in real life contexts both within and outside the classroom and become aware of the uses of science in the wider world
  • We provide children with scientific experiences that develop their understanding of themselves and the world in which they live
  • Children develop the enquiry skills of predicting, asking questions, making inferences, concluding and evaluating based on evidence and understanding and use these skills in investigative work
  • We introduce and extend children’s knowledge and understanding and know that scientific ideas change and are modified
  • We develop the ability of pupils to communicate their ideas using appropriate scientific vocabulary.
  • We encourage safe practice in all areas of science
  • We provide the children with the competence and confidence to deal with a life in an increasingly scientifically complex society


                                                                                  Science Curriculum Overview





Autumn Term


Spring Term




Summer Term



Does our environment keep changing?


Topic: Changes in our environment

Model making – are all materials the same?


Topic: materials around us


How am I different from when I was born?


 Growth (plants and animals)

Let’s talk – are my experiences the same as others?


Topic: Ourselves and Others


How are animals different from plants?


Topic: Differences
(plants  and animals)


Year 1

Are houses made of bricks the stronger than house made of wood?


Topic: uses of everyday materials


How does the weather affect us?


Topic: seasonal changes and plants

Do all living things breathe?


Topic: different types of animals and living things

Year 2

   Do all living things have offspring?


Topic: exploring plants and animals


Which is the best place to live on this planet?


Topic: animals: habitats and food chains


Do all plants have flowers?


Topic: plants (seeds, bulbs and mature plants)

 What materials do I need to build a ship and why?


 Topic: comparing everyday materials and how they may change




Year 3

  Are all metals magnetic?


Topic: properties of magnets


How living things move…


Topic: nutrition, skeletons and muscles


Why does my shadow get bigger and smaller during the day?


Topic: light and how shadows are made


 What is the difference between metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rocks?


Topic: investigating rocks

How do plants make their own food?


Topic: function and requirements of flowering plants

Year 4

Why are animals carnivorous, herbivorous or omnivorous?


Topic: teeth and the digestive system


Can a Polar Bear survive in the Sahara Desert?


Topic: how our environment affects living things and their habitats

How does the water cycle support our eco-system?


Topic: states of matter and the water cycle

How are sounds created?


Topic: sound


How can I make a light bulb glow?


Topic: electricity (understanding how simple circuits work)

Year 5

How are architectural buildings made for difference purposes?


Topic: properties and changes of materials


Does the Solar System keep changing?


Topic: Earth and space

What is the difference between gravity, friction, air and water resistance? 


Topic: forces

How and why do we change as we become older?


Topic: animals and humans (growing up and getting old)


Topic: life cycles and reproduction for plants, animals and humans

Year 6

How does a security alarm system work?


Topic: electricity (understanding how complex circuits work)


Can we manipulate the size of shadows for purpose?


Topic: how we see things and how light travels

What is palaeontology?


Topic: evolution and inheritance

Can I understand how a classification key works?


Topic: all living things, including micro organisms


How does oxygen play an essential part towards keeping healthy?


keeping healthy: the human heart and the circulatory system