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

Spring 2020

Chinese New Year

We have been taking food orders and cooking Chinese food in the Chinese restaurant role play area. We talked about the different kinds of food that are from China. Lailah said "people from China eat noodles. Is China far away?" Anaiyah said "can we make some real Chinese food it’s my favourite?" We wrote out our food order, cooked the food and then sat at the table to 'eat' it.

Following on from that we had a go at cooking some Chinese food. We cooked noodles, vegetable spring rolls and prawn toast and we tasted some prawn crackers. We enjoyed the prawn crackers the most, but it was good to try new foods we hadn’t tasted before too! Scarlette said “the noodles are cooked now because they have gone soft.” It was lovely to share our ideas about what we thought the food tasted like with our friends.

The Snow Queen

This week we have been reading The Snow Queen story. After we had read the story we acted out our favourite parts of the story in the small world area, using language from the story. Belle said “Oh, come here to my castle.” Marnie said “No! Snow Queen I’m not coming!” We also sequenced pictures from the story and used our phonics skills to write a caption/ short sentence to match each picture. Most of us agreed that the happy ending was the best part of the story!