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 18


 Some of our Year 6 pupils have been learning about the Values of Friendship. They have used various sources of information, to help them explain what Friendship means to them.

WW1 Remembrance assembly


Year 6 have been learning about the Circulatory System and the main functions of the heart. What better way to learn than to dissect, investigate and explore!


Can you imagine what it would have been like, as a child, to have been evacuated?

In year 6, we have been reading about an evacuee called Peter. We have written

a diary entry from his point of view which looks at the different emotions he would

have felt and challenges he faced. Have a look at some of the examples below.

National Poetry Day

Thursday 4th October was National Poetry Day. In Year 6, we looked at ‘blackout poetry’. This is where you choose words or phrases that stand out to you and black out the rest of the words on the page. The pages we have blacked out are from ‘Once’, a book we have been reading that links to our topic – World War Two. We have come up with some excellent poems and it is so simple to do!



In Year 6, our topic is World War Two. Our first independent piece of writing was a biography about Adolf Hitler. We worked hard in the lead up to writing, focusing on relative clauses and expanded noun phrases. We had to research Hitler’s life before writing. We used the internet to find facts about his life.