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


Freeflow share afternoon

Thank you for attending our Freeflow share afternoon. We appreciate you taking time to come and see what the children have been doing in school. We hope you will continue to use Freeflow at home too. 

If you are unsure of how to use Freeflow, do not hesitate to come and discuss it with us. 

Thank you again.

Caterpillar watch update 16th May 2019

Our caterpillars have been working hard over the last week eating as much as they can. We have watched them crawl to the top of their habitats to begin their transformation.

Most of them have changed into their chrysalis where they will transform again.

We can't wait to see what comes out...

Keep watching to see.



In art we have been learning about composition. In particular background and foregrounds. We went out and used the iPads to take some photographs of living things. We also learnt some clever techniques about using backgrounds and foregrounds. 

Here are some of our photographs. What do you think?

 Caterpillar watch update

Our caterpillars are still growing.

Here is a weekly update on how big they are getting.  09.05.19

We think they have also become hairier!

How long do you think it will be before they complete this part of their life cycle?

Southmoor Academy Taster Day "Insight"

We went to Southmoor Academy for a taster day, to see what life in secondary school would be like. 

We discussed our aspirations including what we want to do when we are older, and how going to school can help us to get there. 

We took part in a series of lessons where we learnt about what makes us who we are from our DNA to the world around us and how that can influence us. 


Here is what some of thought about the day:


George, "I really enjoyed science because I learned how many chromosomes I have."

Thomas, "I really enjoyed phycology as I learnt about all the different parts of the brain. "

Summer, "I really enjoyed learning about psychology as I really enjoyed learning about the brain."

Joe, "I enjoyed language as we talked about slang words and words that we say because we are mackems. "

Canis, "I liked sociology as I liked watching the video about the girl who was brought up by dogs. It was important to learn that we can change our behaviour and personality. "


We all liked the BUZZ TEST, where we found out about which animal characteristics we had. 

Which animal are you?

The Golden Mile

We all took part in the daily golden mile. It is 4 laps of our school grounds at a slow jogging or running pace. As we haven't done it in a while, some of us found it quite tricky. However, we are determined to persevere and continue to complete the daily mile, getting fitter as we do so. 



What do plants need to grow? What happens if they don't receive these things?

In Science we have been learning about how plants reproduce. We also discussed what plants need in order to grow from a seed. We all knew they needed sunlight and water, but struggled to identify soil, nutrients and carbon dioxide. 

We then planted some seeds, that we are going to use to for an experiment. We want to see what happens when they don't receive one of these items. So some plants we have placed out of sunlight, others we aren't going to feed water and some are locked in a box (with no air).

We will update you on the results!

Caterpillar Watch

As part of our new topic (Living Things) we have a few visitors in our classrooms. We have some caterpillars that we are going to observe as they go through a very important stage in their life cycle. We will make daily observations and let you know on the key changes. We cannot wait to see what happens.