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What is Aurora Classroom?

Digital learning platform Aurora Classroom gets your pupils playing instruments, singing confidently, and even creating their own music. All you have to do is decide whether to teach a lesson or let the on-screen presenter take the lead.

Based on Aurora Orchestra's award-winning Far, Far Away concert series, and developed in partnership with the Southbank Centre, Aurora Classroom is an ideal resource for general classroom teachers in need of more confidence, or music leads searching for fresh ideas.

Aurora Classroom...

- Empowers all teachers to deliver music provision effectively, regardless of their own musical abilities

- Features music from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker and an original story by children's poet Kate Wakeling

- Follow ten-week schemes of work or build your own unit with curated activity and audio libraries

- Build bespoke schemes of work using SEND strands of learning to best suit learners in non-mainstream settings

- Aligned with the national curriculum and Model Music Curriculum

- Includes high quality CPD sessions for all teachers

- At-a-glance mapping documents to summarise learning objectives and show progression

- Programme summary document to support the Ofsted deep dive process

New content added every year!

Aurora Classroom is constantly developing to bring new and exciting resources into your classroom. The next unit, Meet the Instruments, launches in summer 2023, and the provision will expand into Key Stage 2 for the following year.

Recommended Usage

Each unit has been planned as a 10-week scheme of work. For EYFS, lessons last 40 minutes and can be delivered as one session or in shorter parts across a week. For KS1, lessons last 45 minutes and are expected to be delivered once per week as recommended by the national curriculum in England and the Model Music Curriculum.

Educational Impact

build student knowledge
96%
reduce teacher workload
96%
improve attainment
86%
improve teacher knowledge
86%
CompanyBusiness Name: Aurora Orchestra
HQ Location: United Kingdom
Founded: 2022
Age Range0-4, 5-7
FeaturesMusic TeachingCurriculum PlanningOfstedVirtually LedSupport TeachersProvided Assessment FrameworkConnect With ParentsIn-built Cpd
LanguagesEnglish
AccessibilityModerate features
PoliciesTerms of ServicePrivacy Policy
RequirementsInternet - Low BandwidthInternet - High BandwidthDesktop - MacDesktop - WindowsDesktop - ChromebookDesktop - LinuxMobile - iPhoneMobile - iPadMobile - WindowsMobile - Android
Set Up

You can sign up for your free trial in less than a minute - from here you will have full access to the platform for seven days. Once you upgrade your subscription you will be able to continue using the platform freely once payment has been made.

TrainingLive Online

We are very proud not only of our termly offer of online CPD for all teachers using the platform, but also the in-built CPD that exists within the lessons themselves. Here teachers can choose to lead the activity for themselves, or employ the support of our virtual workshop leader to demonstrate the activity.

SupportEmail

Please email learning@auroraorchestra.com for support or enquiries.

Home LearningParent Access

School must create the account.

Parents can access the platform through our 'Music at home' sharing link that can be created by any subscribing school.

TagsMusicMusic teachingPrimary MusicVirtual classroomPerformanceSEND EYFSNurseryCPDOfstedCurriculumScheme of workLesson planHomework
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Pricing Plans

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Aurora Classroom pricing starts from £180 / year

Group pricing can be arranged for Music Hubs and MATs - please contact learning@auroraorchestra.com to discuss your requirements further.

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4.7 out of 5

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Emily Stratford

Music teacher

Used Aurora Classroom weekly for 1-2 years

Nov 2023

It was such a great way for pupils to access classical music in an engaging, fun and skill-building way. The approach has multiple entry points so all children have a chance to access the content. It’s varied approach caters for both music and non-music specialists and significantly reduces planning time.

Reply from Aurora Classroom:Thank you, Emily – it's great to hear how useful the resource has been for use by cover teachers as well as how it has saved planning time.
Emily Stratford found Aurora Classroom:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Using the strands to differentiate for each class has saved significant planning time.
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge
    I found it was great when a non-specialist teacher had to cover my lessons. They were able to use the teacher screen and be more hands on with the pupils.
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Pupils found the video format helpful for engagement and attainment. Adults were free to model activities side by side and the screen content was engaging.
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Pupils were able to build on skills through practical activities. They enjoyed using the videos to get familiar with songs that focused on pitch and pulse. They enjoyed seeing Jessie on the screen and repeating activities that became familiar
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Jackie

Music Lead

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, England

Used Aurora Classroom weekly for 7–12 months

Sep 2023

Its user-bility! Its flexible, simple to read (you aren't reading reams of instructions/ unnecessary blurb "take home" section. Importantly, it doesn't dumb down music!

Reply from Aurora Classroom:Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review, Jackie!
Jackie found Aurora Classroom:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    One stop shop for all aspects of primary music - so easy to find what you need quickly. Perfect for picking bits and bobs when you need them!
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge
    Although I am responsible for teaching music I have been able to share parts of it with SEND and Nursery colleagues who use ideas (Hello Song etc) in their every day interventions with children.
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Definite improvement re listening stamina with out tiny children in Nursery and Reception.
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Although I try to give the children as much experience of live music and giving them hands on with real instruments, have your instrumentalists on the screen was so engaging. Watching the younger children dancing around playing their imaginary bassoons was wonderful. They could name it, describe the sound, what it looked like etc
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Kia Stephen

Teacher

St Peters Primary, England

Used Aurora Classroom weekly for 7–12 months

Sep 2023

Reply from Aurora Classroom:Thank you for your review, Kia – I hope you continue enjoying Aurora Classroom this year with your pupils!
Kia Stephen found Aurora Classroom:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge
  • Moderately improves attainment
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
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Jenny Lewis

Head teacher

Used Aurora Classroom weekly for 7–12 months

May 2023

I think this is an amazing resource that all teachers and schools should have.

Reply from Aurora Classroom:Thank you for your very kind review, Jenny!
Jenny Lewis found Aurora Classroom:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Teachers can focus on the learning and have more time for reviewing and rehearsing with the materials
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge
    Technical naming of instruments, the sounds they make, how they are played, etc.
  • Significantly improves attainment
    children are able to experiment with and combine sounds and instruments. The singing elements enable children to use their voices creatively.
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Better understanding of instruments, how they are played, how to create and combine sounds.
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Patxi del Amo

Head of Performing Arts

Used Aurora Classroom weekly for 1-2 years

Apr 2023

I treasure what the resource adds to my bag of tricks, to how effectively I can work and to what my learners walk away with.

Reply from Aurora Classroom:Thank you for your lovely review, Patxi – we're so pleased that you're seeing such high engagement from your learners.
Patxi del Amo found Aurora Classroom:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    The resource packs so much that it saves a lot of looking-for-things time. It also makes setting cover work a walk in the park!
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge
    The range of Teaching and Learning approaches the resource banks on means that there is almost certainly something new for every practitioner to explore.
  • Moderately improves attainment
    I see high engagement levels among ASD learners and opportunities for higher-order skills to be developed all the time. It is really impactful.
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    It is a massive open window to the arts, and my children benefit in terms of understanding the world, improved cultural capital and (evidently) subject-specific music skills.
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Zoe Divers

SEN Teacher (Performing Arts Lead)

Used Aurora Classroom weekly for 4-6 months

Mar 2023

It is amazing. It is creative, saves lots of time and provides a great stimulus for lots of different activities and lessons for my students. I would say that the SEND area could do with developing further; i.e. dividing into SEND Secondary and Primary (but appreciate Aurora Classroom is in early stages of development still, and it is also difficult to cater for Secondary SEND sometimes without coming across too childish, given most SEND Secondary schools utilise a lot of areas of the primary NC).

Reply from Aurora Classroom:Thank you for your kind words, Zoe, and the constructive feedback. SEND is an area of real importance to us and feedback from specialist teachers like you is invaluable.
Zoe Divers found Aurora Classroom:
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Pre planned schemes of work that are generated around my areas of interest for the class groups are just amazing.
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge
    Understanding of the links between sound, rhythm, visuals and understanding of types of music. It has broadened my approach to introducing students to a wider range of music.
  • Slightly improves attainment
    Students are engaged and love the style of learning, some find it more interesting than others.
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Students gain a broader understanding of different types of music and the elements that build songs and sounds.
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Alice

Music subject leader, Phase 1 Manager, Classroom Teacher

Used Aurora Classroom weekly for 7–12 months

Mar 2023

Great resource for both specialists and non-specialists. Children love the stories and the interactivity. Great for building confidence in teaching music in the classroom ensuring children are learning great subject knowledge.

Reply from Aurora Classroom:Thanks for this wonderful feedback, Alice. Brilliant to hear the positive impact Aurora Classroom is having on children and teachers alike.
Alice found Aurora Classroom:
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Resources list available, breakdown of lessons, videos available to watch to build confidence
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge
    Videos available to watch before or instead of teaching, builds on specific vocabulary knowledge
  • Significantly improves attainment
    Ensures correct vocabulary is used, defined and discussed as well as correct instrumental techniques
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Correct knowledge is thought to children which is relevant and matched to the correct age range
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