School Update (4th April 2020)

We are currently recruiting for a number of roles for September 2020. Please visit our virtual recruitment page for details of the exciting positions that we have and for further details on the virtual application process

Dear Parents/ Carers, we have now come to the end of what has been a challenging term for all. During the Spring break Ark Boulton will continue to support our families and are available to be contacted through our email: info@arkboulton.org. Please continue to monitor your SMS messages and post as these we will be our primary methods of contact in the coming weeks. Our teachers are working to ensure that the website is continually updated with new learning content and we will be sending further guidance in time for the new term. We recently sent a text message with a link to a short survey regarding access to online materials at home. Please complete this so that we are able to support and tailor the resources we provide. Finally, we must continue to show our support for NHS and all other keyworkers who continue to serve on the frontline, by staying indoors and practicing social distancing should you need to go out.

As you are no doubt aware Year 11s will not be sitting formal GCSE examinations this Summer. We are currently receiving guidance from Ofqual on how grades will be attained by students. We will, of course update our Year 11 families and parents as soon as we have definitive details.

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We all have our part to play in helping to stop the spread of Coronavirus. This means we must stay at home to protect the NHS and help save lives. Please continue to follow health guidance from the NHS and the Government.

Thank you to everyone for your understanding during these challenging times and a heartfelt thanks to our NHS and key workers who are working so hard to look after us all.

If you need to contact the school, please email: info@arkboulton.org

Music

Meet our Team

Ms Y Crawford - Director of Faculty

Miss E Williams - Teacher of Music

 

Our KS3 Curriculum
KS3 Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn 1 Stomp        

Basic rhythm notation and ensemble performance

The Beauty of Baroque        

Analysing musical scores, keyboard skills, ground bass and melodies

Bhangra        

Music from around the world. Drumming rhythms, vocal and keyboard skills

Autumn 2 Finding your voice        

Unit of work which explores developing confidence in vocal work and building textures

4 Chord Mash Up        

Acapella Vocal unit based on 4 chord harmonies, producing an ensemble performance

Film Music        

Composition based on music for film

Spring 1 Power of the Pentatonic        

Using the Pentatonic scale to build basic keyboard skills, melodies and music notation

Djembe        

Ensemble composition based on music from Africa and drumming skills

Major and Minor        

How to build major and minor chords. How pop songs are constructed

Spring 2 Power of the Pentatonic        

Using the Pentatonic scale to build basic keyboard skills, melodies and music notation

Djembe        

Ensemble composition based on music from Africa and drumming skills

Major and Minor        

How to build major and minor chords. How pop songs are constructed

Summer 1 4 Chord Songs        

Introducing harmony. chords, and instrumental skills on the keyboard. guitar and ukulele

Band Carousel        

Performing pop sings through a variety of instrumental skills

Band Carousel        

Performing pop songs through a variety of instrumental skills

Summer 2 4 Chord Songs        

Introducing harmony. chords, and instrumental skills on the keyboard. guitar and ukulele

Band Carousel        

Performing pop sings through a variety of instrumental skills

Band Carousel        

Performing pop songs through a variety of instrumental skills

 
Our KS4 Curriculum
KS4 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn 1 Solo Performance taught in instrumental lessons        

Compositional skills in garageband

Game of Thrones bridging KS3 to GCSE project

Ensemble Performance taught in instrumental lessons        

Response to set brief composition

Killer Queen set work

Autumn 2 Solo Performance taught in instrumental lessons        

Composition 1 free composition coursework

Star Wars set work

Ensemble Performance taught in instrumental lessons        

Response to set brief composition

Samba Em Preludio

Spring 1 Solo Performance taught in instrumental lessons        

Composition 1 free composition coursework

Purcell set work

Ensemble Performance taught in instrumental lessons        

Response to set brief composition

Sonata No.8 'Pathetique' (Beethoven) and mock exam

Spring 2 Solo Performance taught in instrumental lessons        

Composition 1 free composition coursework

Afro Celt Sound System set work

All coursework to be completed and send to exam board        

Review set work and exam practice

Summer 1 Ensemble Performance taught in instrumental lessons        

Composition 1 free composition coursework

Defying Gravity set work

Review set work and exam practice
Summer 2 Ensemble Performance taught in instrumental lessons        

Composition 1 free composition coursework

Brandenburg Concerto No.5 set work

Examinations
 
Exam Specification

Please click here to view the exam specification.

 

Extra-curricular Activities

Tuesday

GCSE Music Coursework Club

See the full enrichment timetable here.