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 2 19 Gallery and Work


Exploring our beyond

Where do eggs come from??

At pre-school we discovered that although we buy our eggs at “Asda” they actually come from chickens! We are lucky enough to have chickens at school and today we found 12 eggs in their coop!! We looked closely at the eggs, they were different sizes and colours. We also learned that eggs are fragile and we must handle them carefully, if they are dropped they “crack”. We explored what eggs look like on the inside, ours had bright orange yolks and were slimy on our hands. We talked about what we could do with the eggs, everyone wanted to eat them for snack. To make scrambled eggs we needed to “mix them up” and add milk. We out them in the microwave and observed as they gradually changed from “slimy” to “soft”, they were very hot and we needed to give them a “blow” before we ate them. The scrambled eggs were delicious with toast and most of us had another serving!

Rain, rain…don’t go away!

Muddy puddle season has arrived!! We had a great time exploring puddles today. Some of the puddles were deep and almost came over our wellies, if we jumped high the splash was bigger and if we jumped together the puddle water reached quite a distance. Playing outside in all weathers is important not only for physical development and health but it helps children understand the world around them.