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

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Corporation Road, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear SR2 8PL

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Valley Road Academy

Spring 2018

Parent and Carer craft session

We would like to thank all of the parents and carers who attended our springtime craft session at the end of term. The turnout was great and the children loved completing activities with you all. We have added a selection of pictures below and also to Free Flow Info. Thank you again for your continued support.

Spring Visit to Backhouse Park

As part of our topic, ‘Changing Seasons’, Rainbow Room went on another visit to Backhouse Park. We went to look for signs of Spring and compare how the park had changed since our last visit. The park was very Spring like and we could see many differences since our last visit. We found many different, beautiful coloured flowers, buds growing on the trees and many more people out walking in the park. We took lots of pictures and are using these as inspiration for poetry week to write a poem all about Spring. We hope to share some of these with you soon.


Paul Cookson Visit

This week a famous poet, Paul Cookson, has been in school. He has been working with lots of the children to write their own poem and share some of his own. We were lucky enough to have him visit Rainbow Room this week and he shared some of his funny poems with us. We really enjoyed joining in and doing the actions. He also helped us to write a poem about the teachers! We imaged the teachers having their picture taken and some of the funny things they might do including ‘some playing with their hair!’ It was fun to imagine the teachers doing this! We are excited to perform this poem to the school in Friday’s assembly.

That’s our staff by Rainbow Room & Paul Cookson

Chorus x2

That’s our staff,

That’s our staff

Joking around on the photograph


Some are playing with their hair,

Pulling hair everywhere




Making silly noises

Kissing girls and boyses




Pose in their JoJo bows

Some of them pick their nose




Dabbing ay the back

Pumping – gas attack!



Rainbow Room’s World Book Day

Unfortunately, due to the snow our orignal World Book Day celebrations needed to be rescheduled. Rainbow Room completed their original plans and activities last week - looking at the book ‘Flood’. This is a picture only book showing the journey a family goes through before, during and after a devastating flood. The children completed lots of activities around the images and answered lots of questions. We also wrote our own version of the story and recreated a flood. We flooded some paper houses without any protection then built a wall to see if that would help stop the damage. Children really enjoyed this text and were very enthusiastic to write their own stories.

Sportability Festival

On Tuesday 6th February, Rainbow Room were lucky enough to take part in a sports festival at Sunderland Tennis Centre. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and took part in many activities. They had the chance to play tennis, goalball new age curling, Boccia and many more. The children played well with children from other schools and we are now waiting to find out if anyone has made it through to represent Sunderland in the final. Fingers crossed!

Backhouse Park Visit

As part of our topic – Changing Seasons – Rainbow Room went on a Winter walk to Backhouse Park. We were looking for signs of Winter. The signs we saw was the bare trees, the leaves on the floor and we could feel the cold wind on our faces. We did manage to see 3 lovely squirrels playing in the trees. We are now going to complete work on Winter and how we felt on our walk. We are hoping to visit the park again in Spring and compare the sights we see