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




Your new design will be uploaded in:
Please contact Delivery Team on
0113 3200 750 if you have any queries.

Corporation Road, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear SR2 8PL

0191 5002999

Valley Road Academy

D & T


Design and technology


Design and technology is an inspiring and practical subject. The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Children develop a range of skills in each phase of school. In years one and two,  they learn how to make sliders and levers to make moving pictures, make freestanding structures, prepare fruit and vegetables and investigate wheels, axels and joining techniques.

During years three and four, they learn about 2D and 3D shapes, healthy and varied diets, use levers and linkages to make moving pictures, shell structures and simple circuits and switches.

In years five and six, pupils will learn about seasonality of food, how to combine different fabric shapes, frame structures, and make more complex switches and pulleys or gears.

Through design and technology, children can make links to mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.  Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop an understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.


Mr Taylor – Subject Leader