KS4 Virtual School

Dear Upper School students, Parents and Carers,

We hope that you and your families are safe and well.

As we continue to adjust to these unprecedented times, we know that changes in the way that we live and support our young people can sometimes be challenging. Please be assured that we are here to help. You can contact us as info@arkboulton.org and someone will be in touch with you as soon as we can.

Year 10

It’s been good to see so many of you engaging with the online learning through Seneca. The recall of this essential knowledge is important in helping you build on this learning when we are back in school so keep going! Please do remember to log into Seneca in the correct way and use the class codes that you have been given, so that your teachers can see how you are getting on.

Please read our letter updating you on the reopening process.

Year 11

As you begin preparing to move into the next phase of your education, please be rest assured that your Ark Boulton Family is still here to support you in this transition. In the coming weeks, you will be receiving a letter from the academy asking you to confirm which further education establishment you have secured a place in. Please look out for this. For those of you that are still unsure about your next steps, our Careers Advisor will contact you via phone to give you some further guidance.

You should have received a letter from the academy outlining how your GCSE results are going to be awarded this year. Grades will be calculated by Ofqual but teachers will be providing them with data based on a range of different records of student performance in classwork, homework, coursework and assessments. You can read this letter here.

In the meantime, please use your time to research courses that you are going to study at college and expand your life skills by accessing the resources on the academy website.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@arkboulton.org should you need anything.

Take care, stay safe and stay at home.

Ms Ahmed

Vice Principal (Upper School)



Please use your 'Independent Learning' materials in relation to this timetable

9am - 9.30am PE PE PE PE PE
9.30am - 10am Break/
10am - 10.45m English
10.45am - 11.30am Maths (Seneca / 
Maths (Seneca / 
Maths (Seneca / 
Maths (Seneca / 
Maths (Seneca / 
11.30am - 12.15pm Biology
12.15pm - 1pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1pm -1.45pm Option B Option A Option B Option C Option B
1.45pm - 2.30pm Option A Option C Option C Option A Year Group

1.45pm - 2pm
2.30pm - 3.15pm Enrichment Activities Enrichment Activities Enrichment Activities Enrichment Activities END OF

You may also use Oak National Academy or BBC Teach resources which have been made by teachers from across the country and include daily live lessons to suppliment the above timetable.

Use the below links to find specific resources for your subjects:

(for most subjects)
Year 11
Exam Prep
French Geography Maths
Food English Art
Business Music Psychology
Citizenship History Drama



The School Games is a National Initiative open to any young person. It forms part of the legacy work after the London 2012 Olympics and is an opportunity for young people to play, compete, and represent their school in a wide range of sports and activities. Anyone can have a go at a challenge but you must be between 4-16 year’s old to submit results and attend a Birmingham Educational Institution. We strongly encourage parents/carers to get involved in supporting their child with their challenges too.

To learn more and register using our unique code 'Central', click here

Any questions regarding registering, please use this USER GUIDE


Virtual Assembly

Please note: The assembly video will be updated in time for your weekly assembly on Friday afternoon, and any required links will be added below. If you missed any previous assemblies they can be found here.

The latest Upper School video can be found here

Ark Sports Day Challenge /  Justgiving Page

Year 11 Destination Questionnaire

Amazing Apprenticeships

Mental Health Org

College and Careers Guidance

BCareers@Birmingham.gov.uk / 07864926905


BBC Young Reporter


V-Talk Schedule

Date & Time Speaker Info
17th June 2pm Dean Beswick, Film and animation company founder, Gorilla Gorilla! Film and animation company founder Dean Beswick is joining us for this virtual talk to discuss his career as a producer and commercial filmmaker, sharing his top 3 life lessons to help you prepare for your future.
18th June 2pm In collaboration with Penguin Talks: Mohsin Zaidi, Criminal Barrister and Lawyer & Jessica Kellgren-Fozard, YouTuber and disability & LGBTQ activist Criminal barrister and author of A Dutiful Boy: A Memoir of a Gay Muslim’s Journey to Acceptance, Mohsin Zaidi, joins Youtuber and disability & LGBTQ activist, Jessica Kellgren-Fozard, to discuss their intersectionality and how we can embrace our identity.
Fri 19th June 10am Charlotte Stacey, Head of UK Apprenticeships Programme, BP Interested in learning about apprenticeships? Join us as Charlotte Stacey, Head of UK Apprenticeships Programme with BP discusses the practicalities of apprenticeships, how they’re structured, the benefits of completing an apprenticeship and the opportunities that exist at BP.

If you have any difficulties accessing the talks please use the following guidance: Accessing VTalks / Joining VTalk (Video)



Year 10 resources

Year 11 resources



Your Money Matters Textbook

Tenner Challenge

My Money Week

Maths Matters



Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Lesson 3
20th April Voting System Voting Systems 2 Voting System Evaluation
4th May Assignment
Plus Reading
Government Types UK Politics
11th May Life in Modern Britain
8th June The Rights and Responsibilities of the Media
15th June The International Role of the UK
22nd June Influences on Society
29th June Influences in Society 2
6th July Key Vocabulary



Home learning - year 10 - Mock exam 2

Home learning - year 10 - Mock exam 3

Home learning - year 10 - Mock exam 4

Home learning week 5

Home learning week 6

Home learning Week 1 SUM 2


English Language and English Literature

Please click on the below links to access KS4 resources for these subjects

English Language

English Literature



AQA Revision Placemats 3

GCSE Factors influencing food choice




Online French Resources

KS4 French Home Study Pack Higher

Environment booklet

Year 11 revision booklet on local area, holidays and travel




Climate Hazards

Coastal Environment

Economic World


Paper 3 Unseen Fieldwork Practice

Paper 3 Unseen Fieldwork Practice Mark Scheme

Resource Management - Water


Tectonics - Nepal Only

Test your vocabulary


BBC Bitesize

AQA Resources

Internet Geography


Nepal Earthquake

Typhoon Haiyan


Nigeria Development




Study Pack: The Cold War

Videos on History Topics

Medicine Revision Videos

Medicine (1 Page Revision)

Practice Paper 1 - Medicine in Britain (September 2016)

Practice Paper 1 SOURCES BOOKLET - Medicine in Britain (September 2016)

Practice Paper 2 - Superpower Relations and the Cold War (September 2016)



PiXL Maths App for personalised revision

Corbett Maths for videos, worksheets and practice papers

Maths Genie for graded videos, worksheets and practice papers

Mathed Up for videos and quizzes

Past papers are also available here



Dear all Year 10 Music students,

I hope you and your families are well. It is important for you to keep up with your music studies during this time, particularly keeping on top of your your instrumental / theory skills.

You will need to complete the tasks set each week on Seneca - follow the link here to access and join the class. I will be able to see your marks and how long you spend on each assigned task.

You will need to watch and engage with the Year 10 videos found at this link. Enter the password sent via parental text message on 23/04/20 to access the site.
Complete the activities in your red music book in blue / black pen and mark your work in green pen, just as you would in school.

You have received a phone call recently regarding virtual instrumental lessons. These are not optional. You need to participate with your usual instrumental teacher via the internet in virtual 1:1 lessons for 30% of your GCSE course, even if you do not have your instrument at home, your teacher will guide you through missed theory and rhythms you will need to know. Once you have received the phone call home, I will be putting you in touch via your school email address. Remember to keep your practise diaries up to date and complete 1 hour practise on your instrument a week.

To access these lessons, you will need to download the Microsoft Teams App and log in with your school email. Your instrumental teachers will be communicating​ with you and myself on MS Teams Chat to set up your virtual lessons on your instrument. Please make sure you follow the guidelines sent out in the post from S4E.

There is also a wealth of resources below for you to access and engage with if you want to do some extra revision, particularly on the set works. You also have your Grade 1 theory books to work in (in pencil!).

Feel free to email me any questions and pictures of completed notes / work you have done / videos of you practising your instrument. I would love to see what you are accomplishing during this time.

My email address is s.al-hanoush@arkboulton.org

Best wishes,

Miss Al-Hanoush


Ark Music Resources (Enter MusicResources to access the materials)

Services for Education resources Username: arkboulto Password: rzBpJnbH

Set Works Overview:

Seneca Learning Module / Revision Knowledge Organisers / Revision Posters


Afro Celt Sound System's 'Release' - Resouce 1 / Resource 2

Esperanza Spalding's 'Samba Em Preludio' - Resouce 1 / Resource 2

Vocal Music:

Queen's 'Killer Queen' - Resource 1 / Resource 2

Purcell's 'Music For a While' - Resource 1 / Resource 2

Instrumental Music:

Bach's 'Brandenburg Concerto in D Major' - Resource 1 / Resource 2

Beethoven's Piano Sonata no 8 in C minor 'Pathetique' - Resource 1 / Resource 2

Music for Stage & Screen:

Schwartz's 'Defying Gravity' from Wicked - Resource 1 / Resource 2

John William's 'Star Wars Main Title: Rebel Blockade' - Resource 1 / Resource 2

Musical Elements & Devices:

Seneca Learning Module

Dictation Exercises:

Melodic Dictation - Resource 1 / Resource 2

Rhythm Dictation - Resource 1 / Resource 2

Essay Section B: 

Example Answers 1 / Example Answers 2

Practice Papers: 

Resource 1 / Resource 2 / Resource 3


Independent Learning Booklets

Year 10 Independent Learning

Year 11 Independent Learning


Seneca Learning Platform

Click here to learn how to use Seneca

Seneca codes

History: kaeegmx5jd

Geography: gc4d61ls08

Science: qvnrbl0jd3

English: wum1f9vqah

Maths: l9c3epkxwk

Maths Foundation (for 102, X3, Y2, Y3): n64p0j1pig

Maths Higher code (for 10X1, Y1): 5wjdgtxylq

French: kr4cx9aiog

PE: rcgfhbw3ig

Food: stzzrn700s

Music: z2zox7sv3d