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 19 Gallery and Work


On Tuesday 15th October, Year 4 went on a visit to Bethesda, during the visit the children listened to a range of interactive Bible stories. The children even had a chance to experience what it would be like to be a child during the Roman Times and meeting Julius Caesar.

MacMillan Coffee Morning

Year 4 enjoyed making chocolate crispy cakes for the MacMillan coffee morning. They measured and mixed the mixture to make some very tasty crispy cakes.

ART - Faces

As part of our Whole school, Art project of faces Year 4 chose to look at the artist Roy Lichtenstein. We researched who he was, what type of artwork he created and explored and discussed some of his work.


After exploring some of his work, we then tried to create our very ‘Ben Day Dot’ artwork with a pop art twist.


During our R.E lessons, we have been learning about Harvest. We learnt about what Harvest is and why it is important. We researched what foods are grown and harvested during this time and baked some apple and cinnamon muffins


Here are what some of the children thought of the muffins we baked.



“I enjoyed mixing the ingredients together in the bowl.”



“The muffins tasted really nice I liked the apple inside.”



“I enjoyed cracking the egg, I was very careful that I didn’t get any shell in the mixture.”


Learning from Home

Look at some of the fantastic learning from home some of the Year 4 children have brought into school.

Year 4 Club

During Year 4 club, we designed and decorated our very own biscuits that we could take home.



“I loved designing my own biscuit I had so many different ideas.”



“ I really enjoyed designing my Halloween biscuit.”

The Romans

In Year 4, this term we have been learning about The Romans We have researched, modelled and created our very own Roman project books.