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

Autumn 18





Today we had the chance to look inside castings produced from an owl and a hawk, and see what was inside of them. A casting is something a bird produces to get rid of the things it is unable to digest. In the hawk’s casting we found feathers and fur. The owl’s casting was very different as this had small bones inside. They both looked very different from the outside too as the hawk’s casting was light in colour and the owl casting was dark. We have really enjoyed learning about the birds during this part of our topic.


Birds of Prey

Rainbow Room were lucky enough to have a visit from Durham Falconry to help bring our topic of animals to life. We have been reading Owl Babies and so one of the birds was Bobby the Barn Owl. The other birds were Jasper and Lady, who were hawks. We were lucky enough to have a hold of the birds and even got to have them fly to us! One of the activities involved one of us running as fast as we could away from Jasper whilst holding a lure that contained some chicken. Jasper then flew after, caught the lure, and was able to eat the chicken. We really enjoyed the morning and we are currently writing our own information text about owls.