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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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Valley Road Academy

Autumn 19 Gallery and Work



In science, we were planning an investigation.

We wanted to find out if the length of a wire in a circuit affected the brightness of the bulb.

Check for further updates coming soon.

We were tasked with the job of creating a portable light which could be used for the year 6 teachers to make their way to their cars at night when it is dark.


Musa had the idea of creating hands-free light as he said teachers needed their hands free.


Reading is so important to us all in Valley Road.

Year 6 children love reading with the other children each day in our very own coffee shop.

Thank-you to all of the children who dedicate their breaks to reading with others. How kind!


We took part in an afternoon of athletics at The Raich Carter.  We all had a lot of fun.


Summer, from 6 Emerald said, “ I was really good at the long jump and came first.”


Jessica said that she loved competing against the other girls in the hurdle race.


Bike Ability

We are very proud of year 6 who have complete the Bike Ability levels one and two.

Well done to all of the children.


We researched the artist Banksy and looked at his style of art. We couldn’t find out too much reliable information about him though as he wishes to remain anonymous.


We created some silhouettes using spray paint.


Using spray paint was something which we had never done before – it was cool!

Roald Dahl Day

To celebrate Roald Dahl Day 2019, in year 6 we had a very eventful day.

We read extracts from The BFG, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and some of our other favourite Roald Dahl stories. We also created our very own dream catchers to place on our bedroom windows- they were very colourful and eye-catching.

We imagined what it would be like to own a chocolate factory- like Willy Wonka- and designed our own in Lego. Inside the factory, we had chocolate rivers, marshmallow mountains and fudge fountains. They were like castles of dreams.

We also researched the author and found out ten facts about Roald Dahl. We made our own pocket book about him. Did you know that he wrote most of his stories in a shed at the bottom of his garden?