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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Summer 2019 Gallery and Work



In computing, we have been using Purple Mash to create basic stop motion animations. First we chose the background then we used drawing tools to create our animation.



As part of our Art topic, we have been looking at sculptures and examples of clay tiles. Once we had looked at patterns and designs, we experimented with different tools and techniques. We will use this knowledge to help us when we come to make our final piece.


Beamish Visit

On Wednesday 8th May, Simon from Beamish learning came into school to start out Arts Discover Award. We found out about an artist called Norman Cornish and looked at his style of drawing. Next, we used templates of his artwork and added shading using art pencils. Then, we sketched objects from Beamish Museum that were made from different materials. Over the next few weeks, we will continue this project before we submit our booklets to the Art Council.


Exploring Digestion!

As part of our science work, we investigated what happens to our food once we have eaten it. We made a model ‘stomach in a bag’ – it was disgusting but lots fun! We then used what we had learned to draw a picture showing the main stages of digestion and the function of each part of the digestive system. We labelled it with our new scientific vocabulary. Amazing teamwork!


Beamish Visit


On Wednesday 25th April, we visited Beamish to take part in two activities.

First, we took part in a Victorian lesson at the school. We found out that school life was very different and they had some shocking punishments if you misbehaved. We enjoyed using the ink fountain pens and describing the objects that were in the classroom such as the pickled snakes.

Next, we made a rocket to launch by standing on a bottle that was attached to some tubes. We then improved our rockets using different materials to make it go further. Finally, we used a pump to launch our rockets using air pressure.