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 18


Christmas Craft

Our parents came into school for an afternoon of making fun Christmas Crafts. We made Christmas tree decorations, a Christmas wreath and even a Rudolph hat! What an exciting afternoon!


Parent Craft



We used clay to make our own fossils. We let the clay air-dry before painting them the next day. We also became palaeontologists and needed to dig for fossils in the sand.


Tri-golf Tournament

Year 2 took part in a Tri-golf tournament. It was tricky to use the golf club at first but we finally got the hang of it. We came in second place in the tournament. Well done!



In Science we have been looking at Materials. We carried out an investigation to test different materials. We decided whether they were bendy, squashy or stretchy. Did you know rubber is bendy and stretchy when it becomes warm?



In Art we have been looking at the famous French artist George Seurat. He was born in 1859 and died in 1891. He used the ‘Pointillist’ method of painting. This was by using small dot like strokes of colour in his work. We looked at George Seurat’s pictures and talked about what we liked about them. We practiced his skills using the pointillist technique. We drew portraits of ourselves and then we used the pointillism skills that we had learnt to create our own portrait of The Queen.

Harvest - Little Red Hen

In Year 2 we read the story ‘The Little Red Hen’ and we learnt lots of important lessons from it. We learnt to always persevere and never give up.

We also learnt that hard work always pays off and you will get rewarded for it. Finally, if someone asks for help then you should always try your best to help them.

We made bread using flour, yeast and water. We all worked together and helped each other. When it was ready, we all got the reward of eating it and sharing it. 


Winter Gardens

Year 2 walked all the way to the Winter Gardens as part of their Dinosaur topic. We saw lots of different dinosaurs like; a huge, terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex, Pterodactyls, a Brachiosaurus and some Velociraptors. We learnt some very interesting facts too. Did you know a T-rex’s longest tooth is 30cm long? Wow! That’s the same length as our maths books.

What a fantastic day!