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

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Spring 2019 Gallery and Work


Alien Invasion

Today when we came into school, we were shocked to discover that some aliens had paid us a visit. We asked Mr Taggart to check the CCTV footage and we could not believe our eyes. They got up to lots of mischief! Come and see what they were up to.


Ava: “They left us some underpants! I hope they don’t come back for them!”.


Mutalib  “I think the slime is alien poo!”



We have been learning about algorithms in computing. We followed instructions ‘How to create an alien’. We then made our own algorithms for the beebot and cars, to catch an alien.


In history, we have been learning about the events and people from the past. In order for us to understand about the past, we brought in our baby photographs and talked about our own past.

We then learnt about Neil Armstrong.


This term our topic is, ‘Space’. Today we found out that the solar system is made of the eight planets that orbit our sun. It is also made of asteroids, moons, comets and lots, lots more. We sang songs about the planets, put them in the correct order and then made planet headbands.

Imaginative Play

We have been playing in the space station, dressing up as different characters, writing what we would take to space and making our own alien passports.

We have also used the small world area to act out the story ‘Aliens Love Underpants’.