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

Spring 2020


Computing - Volcanic Eruptions

For computing we have been creating a mini-animation on what happens when a volcano erupts. Here is some of our work…

Operation Encompass

Joy, from the police force, came to visit us and we worked on different emotions we might feel.

We looked at pictures of children feeling different emotions and tried to recreate them. We talked about what might have happened for them to feel this way.

We then discussed adults we could talk to if we were feeling this way ourselves.


National Storytelling Week

We went to the library for National Storytelling Week.

The librarian read the children a book to celebrate this special week.

After this, the children enjoyed looking at all the different books that are available at the library.

They also decorated a bookmark which they have brought back to school and are using with their reading books.

Some children have also signed up for a library account and have been loaning books to read at home.



In science we have been testing different rocks for their durability, hardness, permeability and density.

We have been using our results to think about what type of rock they are: igneous, metamorphic or sedimentary.

Tectonic Plate Jigsaw

We have been learning about the Earth’s layers. Did you know the crust is made up of 19 pieces called tectonic plates.

We created a jigsaw for our friends using these tectonic plates and they then had to put them back together.

Year 3 Club

In Year 3 club, we have been making volcanoes out of papier mache.

We scrunched balls of newspaper up together and then used papier mache to make the shape firm.

We cannot wait to paint them!


Hula Hoop Event

We took part in a hula-hoop event at the Raich Carter.

HoopStars taught us some techniques to hula-hoop successfully. We practised our techniques to songs and tried to develop routines by joining them together.

We had great fun and can’t wait to teach people back at school!


We had a fantastic time taking part in a judo session in school. The instructor taught us  some basic techniques and then we practised them with our partners.

An important rule to remember: only practise judo in a judo class with a trained judo teacher.

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