Welcome to the Innovation Faculty

Vision: Enriching Lives

In our rapidly changing world, the importance of subjects within STEM have never been more relevant or exciting.  It is our vision that through exploration of Science Engineering and Technology, our students’ lives are enriched by the ‘wonder and awe’ they experience studying these courses.  They discover their own aspirations linked to industries and careers within these vastly importance sector here in the midlands or globally.

Science at Fortis Academy

In key stage 3 (years 7 to 9) and at key stage 4 (years 10 and 11) students follow the Ark Curriculum plus programme of study for Science. This programme ensures that the KS3 national curriculum is fully covered whilst all of the learning needed to be successful in the GCSEs is also embedded. We recognise that the study of Science is more than just learning facts, so also embed the teaching of skills that underpin the study of Science across the 5 year plan.

In key stage 5 students choose to study one or more of the sperate science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) in significantly more detail, preparing them to use their skills and knowledge in their future endeavours.

Biology

Biology is a fascinating subject where students can apply their learning in relevant contexts and really begin to understand how every aspect of the living world around them interacts with each other.

Biology is taught to all students from year 7 – 11. There are 6 main strands to the biology curriculum that underpin all learning in these 5 years. They are:

• Cells are Alive

• Bodies and Systems

• Characteristics are Inherited

• Organisms are Independent

• Ecosystems Cycle Resources

• Species show Variation.

Students re-visit these main areas multiple times in years 7 to 11 to build on their previous learning in the topic.

In years 7 and 8 students receive 3 hours of Science teaching per week and 4 in year 9. In year 10 and 11 students may follow the separate science or trilogy science GCSE route from AQA. Following GCSE study students may choose to continue their studies in Biology by completing an A-level in the subject at our sixth form.

Chemistry

The study of Chemistry really begins to make sense of the world and the materials that we use every day. By linking the conceptual to the physical, students form an in depth understanding of the properties of matter.

Chemistry is taught to all students from year 7 – 11. There are 3 main strands to the Chemistry curriculum that underpin all learning in these 5 years. They are:

• Structure Determines Properties

• Reactions Rearrange Matter

• Earth System Interact

Students re-visit these main areas multiple times in years 7 to 11 to build on their previous learning in the topic.

In years 7 and 8 students receive 3 hours of Science teaching per week and 4 in year 9. In year 10 and 11 students may follow the separate science or trilogy science GCSE route from AQA. Following GCSE study students may choose to continue their studies in Biology by completing an A-level in the subject at our sixth form.

Physics

Studying physics gives our students an understanding of the rules that govern the universe. By applying these rules to everyday contexts, students discover how a secure knowledge of physics is vital to creating solutions to some of the biggest issues that faces society today.

Physics is taught to all students from year 7 – 11. There are 5 main strands to the Physics curriculum that underpin all learning in these 5 years. They are:

• Forces Predict Motion

• Fields Produce Forces

• Energy is Conserved

• Electricity Transfers Energy

• Radiation Transfers Energy

Students re-visit these main areas multiple times in years 7 to 11 to build on their previous learning in the topic.

In years 7 and 8 students receive 3 hours of Science teaching per week and 4 in year 9. In year 10 and 11 students may follow the separate science or trilogy science GCSE route from AQA. Following GCSE study students may choose to continue their studies in Biology by completing an A-level in the subject at our sixth form.

KS3 Curriculum

KS3 Science Curriculum Overview

Learning journeys:

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

KS4 Curriculum

Year 10 23-25 Curriculum Overview

Year 10 Learning journeys:

Year 10 Biology

Year 10 Chemistry

Year 10 Physics

Year 11 Curriculum Overviews:

Year 11 Trilogy Biology

Year 11 Trilogy Chemistry

Year 11 Trilogy Physics

Y11 Separate Biology

Y11 Separate Chemistry

Y11 Separate Physics

KS5

Curriculum Overview – KS5 – Biology

Curriculum Overview – KS5 – Chemistry

Curriculum Overview – KS5 – Physics

Curriculum Overview – KS5 – Applied Science

Curriculum Overviews – KS5 – Engineering

Technology – Food Science, Product Design, Engineering and Resistant Materials

Click here for the learning experience map for Technology

Food Preparation and Nutrition is taught once a week in years 7-9 and a popular choice for GCSE. Through the principles of practical and theoretical learning our aim is to inspire academic excellence for all our pupils, with the vision to develop young innovative and creative minds with the necessary skills and Knowledge for life-long learning and a changing society.

Engineering is taught once a week in years 7-9 and a popular choice for GCSE. Our aim is to encourage our students to draw from a number of key principles which encompass design, technology, imagination and creativity. Our goal is to teach our students to look at societies needs and respond to them by developing new products, through the application of making, designing and evaluating.

KS3

KS3 Food Technology Curriculum overview

KS4

GCSE Food Science – Curriculum Overview

KS4 Curriculum Overview Award Level 1-2 Engineering

Contacts

Head of Faculty: Mr T Moseley: tom.moseley@fortis.set.org

2nd in Faculty: Miss P Grewal: parveen.grewal@fortis.set.org

T&L Lead: Mrs J Strawford: julia.strawford@fortis.set.org

Responsible for Science

2nd in Faculty: Mrs D Coker: deborah.coker@fortis.set.org

Responsible for Technology