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

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Valley Road Academy

Autumn 18


Whoops a Daisy Angel by Reception and Thank you for coming to see our performance

Christmas Crafts

We have had a lovely festive day today. Our families came in to join us for an afternoon of Christmas crafts. Thank you to all parents and grandparents who came along – we had a lovely afternoon getting creative with you.  

We can count!

In maths we have lots of opportunities to explore mathematical concepts practically and we record our thinking in a range of ways. This term we have been working on the value of a number. We have been representing these numbers using a range of different objects from around the classroom and objects related to our current topic.

Road Safety Week

Last week, as part of Road Safety Week we were learning about how to cross the road safely. We learnt a road safety song to help us remember how to cross the road. We then used the remote control cars and small world people to demonstrate how to cross the road- we were very good at remembering 'stop, look, listen, think'! We also designed our own road safety posters to display around the classroom.


We have enjoyed acting out the story Owl Babies in the role play area. We chose a puppet and acted out the role of that character. We were able to recall key parts of the story and we remembered what happened at the beginning, middle and end. Following on from reading the Owl Babies story Laeland and Finley then started to look at some owl fact books and enjoyed sharing some different facts with each other. 

Autumn Parent Craft

We had a fantastic afternoon at our Autumn parent craft session. We completed a range of autumn, Halloween and bonfire night themed activities with our families. Thank you to all of the families that attended.

Fire Pit

This week we have been visiting the fire pit. We enjoyed roasting marshmallows, drinking hot chocolate and making popcorn. We talked about the different things we could smell and hear and we loved listening to the popcorn pop, like fireworks!

Harvest Festival

As part of our harvest festival celebrations this week we have made some vegetable soup using harvest vegetables. We had great fun chopping, mixing and blending the ingredients together. Once the soup was cooked we all had a taste, it was delicious!

Traditional Tales

This term we have focused on Traditional Tales, we have been reading The Gingerbread Man and The Three Little Pigs. In literacy we have enjoyed retelling the stories in the small world area, role play areas and outdoors. In maths we have been counting the pigs into their houses and counting buttons onto the gingerbread men, focussing on 1-1 counting saying one number name for each object.

Making Gingerbread Men

Following on from reading The Gingerbread Man story we decided to make our own gingerbread men. We had great fun weighing, mixing and cutting the ingredients. Whilst the gingerbread men were cooking we kept an eye on the oven to make sure that none of them tried to escape! When the gingerbread men had cooked and cooled we decorated them. We took our gingerbread men home to eat and the following day we told Miss Smith and Mrs Johnson that we had to chase our gingerbread men around the yard before we got a chance to eat them- just like in the story.


This term in P.E. we have been developing our gymnastics skills. This has developed our confidence in completing basic moves such as throwing, jumping, walking and skipping. We are always very proud of the new skills we have learnt and love showing them off to our friends at the end of the session.


First Days in Reception

The children have settled into Reception really well. They have enjoyed exploring their new environment: painting, drawing, writing, building, being creative, reading and playing with their friends.