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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Valley Road Academy

Autumn 1 2020 - Gallery and Work


Welcome Back

In PSHE, we have been looking at how to stay safe. We have talked lots about the importance of good hygiene routines and did an experiment to see what we can do to stop germs spreading. We used pepper for the germs and were amazed to find that when we washed our hands, the germs ran away! We always make sure we wash our hands thoroughly throughout the day, especially before lunchtime.


We talked about who is in our family and the people who are important to us. We found out that there are many different types of families!


As part of our ‘All About Me’ topic we have been doing lots of little mini projects. After spending lots of time in the garden, some of us wanted to learn more about snails. Charlie brought in her pet snails and we looked at them carefully using a magnifying glass. We researched information about them and made snail fact books. We looked at the artist, Henti Mattise, and made snail pictures just like his. In D&T, we made snail pinwheels and they were delicious. We presented our findings to the rest of the class.


Lots of us said we liked to build models and we used our local area as inspiration for our construction project. We looked at Hendon and Sunderland on aerial photographs and talked about the buildings we saw and the ones we have visited. We recreated some of the local landmarks using Lego and K’Nex. We also talked about the Nissan Factory and designed and built our own model car. To link our topic to PSHE, we made a ‘friend’ using K’Nex then talked about what qualities are important for a good friend to have and how friends help us feel safe.


We have enjoyed exploring numbers to 100. We have used different practical equipment such as Numicon, Base 10, tens frames, digit cards and bead strings to make and represent numbers in different ways. We have used this to help us understand the place value of numbers and to compare them using appropriate mathematical language.


We have been writing sentences about ourselves and practising using capital letters and full stops in our writing. We wrote a letter to our new teacher to tell her about ourselves and our favourite things.