We are delighted that Rougham School has recently received the national Music Mark award. This is in recognition of the value of music as part of our curriculum, and engaging children in musical opportunities both within and out of school. We were nominated for the award by the Suffolk County Music Service writes: Congratulations on gaining this recognition of the dedication to supporting and promoting musical opportunity for children and young people at Rougham School.
The Chief Executive of Music Mark, Bridget Whyte has written: “We would like to thank you for all the hard work you and your colleagues do to ensure that pupils at your school are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education. Your dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum is both welcomed and celebrated.”
Over the last academic year nearly 30 of our pupils took national music exams, many of whom learn the violin or cello within school. There are over 60 pupils learning instruments both in and out of school. Our String Programme runs in years 2 & 3 offering opportunities for free lessons for a year and this has been inspiring for our children. We have a close relationship with the Suffolk County Music Service and in Year 4 all children are currently learning the clarinet. Children who wish to continue do so, and our woodwind teacher now has 6 flautists in Year 6 and 6 clarinettists in Year 5.
All children who learn an instrument are encouraged to be part of our orchestra. Last year we performed at Snape Maltings at the Celebration of Schools Music, provided the Overture music for our Key Stage 2 production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and performed in other concerts within school. Currently we are preparing to be involved with the National Music for Youth festivals. There are opportunities for pupils to play in termly Music assemblies to which their parents are invited to.
All children receive a 1 hour music lesson per week which involves singing, playing, composing, improvising, and listening. In KS1 musical responses through movement is particularly emphasised. Children have opportunities to play an excellent range of class instruments including xylophones, keyboards, and their own instruments. In year 6 children use Garageband on the ipads, to create their own music.