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 the 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

Summer  2016

In Year 5 our topic for Summer 2016 is Living Things, this can be viewed below:

Year 5 Lifestyle, Activity and Food Programme

Year 5 are currently working with the LAF team to learn about healthy living. We have been talking about the importance of a healthy diet.

Seeds in Space

Year 5 have been following the progress of Tim Peake during his space mission. We have taken part in a Science experiment where we planted two types of seed. One seed has been in space whereas the other is an everyday seed. We are observing how the seeds grow and will let you know about our observations soon. 

Mini-beast hunting

Recently - with the weather being beautiful - we have been taking advantage of our surroundings and have been looking for living things in our local environment.  The children have explored the grounds of Valley Road looking for mini-beasts. First, they discussed where they might live -their habitats- then they worked in groups to find different insects. Some children found 17 woodlice under one rock! We were extra careful not to handle the animals or remove them from their habitats.
 After the hunt, the children analysed the data and used it to create a bar chart to show their findings.