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

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work with children and families to create great places of learning for all

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Autumn 2 19 Gallery and Work

Roman Mosaic Tiles

In our Topic lessons, we have been continuing to learn about The Romans, during the lesson we have been researching and designing our very own mosaic patterns and designs. We learnt why they were designed the way they were and what colours would have been used during this time.




During our weekly P.E lesson, Year 4 have continued this term to improve their ball and games skills. They have taken part in a range of different games each week from basketball to dodgeball learning the rules of the game and tips of how to improve but at the same time having fun with their friends and keeping fit.

Emma- “I love when my team wins!”

Molly “I enjoyed taking part and having fun with my friends.”


Kyle- “I like keeping fit and learning how to play basketball.”

Learning from Home

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

Christmas Tree

As part of our school Christmas celebrations, we made our very own Year group Christmas tree. We used newspaper, glue, paint and a little bit of glitter, we enjoyed making the mixture and making square moulds, we then had to wait for it to dry we then  cut it and painted it and finally added a silver star on the top.


Ellie- May- “Making the mixture felt really cold and funny on my hands, but it was so much fun!”


Jay “I had so much fun painting the tree and getting my hands messy.”

Christmas Craft

During our wonderful and festive Christmas craft afternoon, the Year 4 children designed and created many different Christmas craft ideas with their adults and friends.


Emma “ I really enjoyed having my mam at the craft afternoon as we made a beautiful wreath.”


Rylan “ I enjoyed designing my very own Christmas jumper with my sister.”

Children in Need 2019

For Children in Need, Year 4 enjoyed taking part in their own Dance Show, the children throughout the week had the opportunity to think about and practice a dance they would like to share in front of the class. On Friday, the children displayed these dances with some very creative and energetic performances   


Kyle ’ I loved watching everyone dance they were all really good.”


Jessie’ I had so much fun with my friends and we raised money for charity.”


James ‘ I felt nervous but had lots of fun in the end.”

Beamish Outreach

As part of the Sir Tom Cowie Foundation, Year 4 are taking part in three visits to Beamish throughout the year, as well as this Year 4 are very lucky to have also be given the opportunity to receive three outreach lessons. The focus of these lessons are all about the history of Sunderland.

During the first lesson, the children were given maps of Sunderland from 1841 and shown pictures of what it was like down the mines.

The task was for children to compare maps of Sunderland from today to maps from 1841 and be able to see if they could locate specific things such as the river, buildings and transport.


Jay “ I really enjoyed looking at the pictures and being able to see what it would be like to work down the mines.”


Stephen “ It was a lot of fun finding different places on the maps.”


On Friday 22nd November, Year 4 went to Beamish. During the visit, they took part in two workshops ‘Just One Spark’ and a ‘Victorian Lesson’.

Just One Spark workshop aims to allow children to identify the causes of mine explosions, to enable children to summarise how mining safety lamps work to prevent explosions and for children to appreciate the important job that engineers had in saving lives by solving problems and developing safer lighting in mines.

The workshop was based on the Felling Mine Disaster in 1812, and the development of the mining safety lamp because of this. The children had the opportunity to experience how dangerous it was during that time and watch two live explosions.

Victorian Lesson

During the afternoon, the children took part in a ‘Victorian Lesson’. The workshop involved children experiencing a traditional lesson of Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Art. Children had to sit in rows and use slates and pencils or pen and ink during the activities. They learnt that during this time, children were expected to work in silence during the day and throughout the workshop, the children had to behave as though they were Victorian.

The purpose of the workshop was to allow the children to understand and experience first-hand what it was like to go to school in the Victorian period and to explore the similarities and differences between school now and school during the Victorian period.