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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Spring 2 2020 Gallery and Work


Farm Visit

This term our topic has been ‘who lives on the farm?’ We have been learning all about farm animals, where they live and facts about them. We were lucky enough to be able to visit Sunderland Teaching and Education Farm to experience seeing some farm animals in real life. We were able to identify and name the animals we have looked at over the previous weeks and told many facts about them. We were able to get close to the animals and even got to hold a rabbit and guinea pig and stroke a goat. Over the coming weeks, we plan to use the pictures we took to help us write a recount of the visit and talk about our favourite part.

Can you tell your adult your favourite part? Can you remember all the animals you saw at the farm?

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World Book Day – Design Technology

For World Book Day we read ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson. We enjoyed this book because the farm animals work together to catch two bad characters and it also rhymes. After we had read the book, we designed our own ladybirds. We thought about the colours we would use, the number of spots our ladybird would have and any extra details like legs. Next we followed instructions and worked together to make salt dough. We then used our designs to make a salt dough ladybird and to add detail we used the end of paintbrushes. Next week, once they are dry, we are going to paint and decorate them. We will then talk about how well they match our design and any changes we made. The children also enjoyed the book so much we have decided to continue this story over the coming weeks. We plan to make ‘wanted’ posters describing the bad characters, create our own map using positional and directional words and explore rhyme further. Can you tell the story to an adult or sibling at home?


Planting Sunflowers

During our topic of the farm, we have discussed plants and crops farmers might grow. The children were very interested in learning more about planting seeds and understanding what plants need to grow.  Last Friday we planted some sunflower seeds. Before this, we make a checklist of items we would need to use and then we planted our seeds, labelling our own pot. Every Friday over the coming weeks, we are going to check back and update our display board with the plant’s progress. We hope that by the Easter holiday we will have a sunflower plant to bring home and look after. What do plants need to grow?