IRIS Learning Trust was formed in June 2018 and is based in the North East of England. We are proud to serve our communities and aim to offer outstanding educational provision.
The Trust believes that to be successful and promote a culture of excellence and aspiration, we need to place improving te lives and outcomes of children at the heart of everything we do.


create a culture of high expectation and commitment to success


through our daily work secure excellent academies for our local communities

grow and learn together

work with children and families to create great places of learning for all

IRIS Learning Trust

Corporation Road




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Corporation Road, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear SR2 8PL

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Valley Road Academy

Autumn 17


Autumn 2 Parent Information Booklet 


“It’s Snowing!”

We had a fabulous time in the snow this morning – building a snowman, writing our name in the snow, catching the snowflakes and counting our footprints. It was very, very cold, but we warmed ourselves up with some lovely hot chocolate.

Fire Pit - Fire safety

Reception children had lots of fun making pumpkin soup and popcorn at the firepit, while learning all about fire safety

Autumn Parent Craft

Thank you to everybody who attended our Autumn craft sessions. The children had a fantastic time completing Halloween and Autumn themed activities.  

Traditional Tales 

This term our topic is Traditional Tales, we have read many traditional stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children have enjoyed retelling these stories in the small world area using the figures and character masks. In maths the children have been counting how many cakes Little Red Riding Hood took to grandma's house and they have also been creating their own character masks using different materials. 

Halloween Disco 

The children had a fantastic time at our Halloween disco! 

First Week in Reception 

Thank you to all of the Reception children’s parents for their support in helping their child settle into the new routines and expectations of Reception.

We would like to share some photographs of the children getting to know their new environment as they settle in. They have been very busy exploring and trying new activities.

Outdoors children have been building cars, towers and castles with the blocks. They have been finding their way around the mud kitchen, baking cakes and making meals for their friends to try. The water area has been very popular too!


Indoors the children have found the CleverTouch board very interesting! They have been developing role play situations both in the small world area and the home corner. Children are beginning to recognise their names and match the correct letters, some of the children are even having a go at writing their names! The children’s number skills are also beginning to develop as they count and sort different objects in the maths area as well as a range of different contexts e.g. milk and fruit time.