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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Valley Road Academy

Summer 2018



Beamish Visit for Year 4


On Monday 16th July, Year four visited Beamish for the final time this year. We started our day at the chemist where we heard how people used to pickle food to make it last longer but this can cause an upset stomach. We then went to the lab to test stomach acid with various mixtures to find a cure. We used a PH indicator to find out if made the acid neutral. Then we watched a demonstration of how they would make pills for people to take.

Next we went to the lamp cabin to find out how the Davy lamp was created. We found out about the Felling Mine disaster and how it was caused by a flame reacting with methane. We experimented with this to see the reaction for ourselves. Eventually they realised that the flame could be contained by using metal mesh. We watched the reaction again, this time with mesh at the top of a tube, and this prevented the flame from escaping. This allowed miners to take lamps down the mine without the flame causing an explosion.



This week we had a visit from Bill who works for Beamish learning. He told us about a Sunderland football player called Charlie Buchan. He had 441 appearances for the club and is one of their all-time top goal scorers. He was also a school teacher at a school near Park Lane.

We discovered how he was called upon to join the army during the first World war as the government stopped professional football. He was quickly promoted within the army. Luckily he survived the war and returned to continue playing for Sunderland.

Bill brought in some original football memorabilia from that time period. We looked at a football, the shirt, boots and shin pads.


The children from Year four that completed their Arts Award booklet received their certificates this week. They have all put in a lot of effort and enjoyed sharing their art work with their class mates. Well done!