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

Corporation Road





Fordfield Road, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear, SR4 0DA

01915 537655

Highfield Academy


Year 1 (classes 5 and 6)

Science, Recycling and ‘Right’s Respecting’

After hearing about climate change and how much it is affecting us, we decided to explore ways in which we can help the environment by recycling and reusing materials. We found out that trainers can be made from recycled plastic bottles, so we decided to explore other recyclable materials that could be used to make trainers before we designed our very own pair.

Our Lever Design Book

As we said we would, we have included some photos of our lever design book based on the story called, ‘The Girl Who Went to the Arctic’. We had so much fun designing, making and evaluating our levers.


We had a fantastic morning practising our trampolining skills, as well as our running and multi-skills. We have been continuing to practise our skills using equipment when outside in the playground.

The Girl Who Went to the Arctic

To introduce our topic, we read the story ‘The Girl Who Went to the Arctic’. In the story, the girl explored the Arctic, met different Arctic animals and even encountered an Inuit.

We loved finding out that The North Pole is in the Arctic and so we wrote Santa letters to ask him questions about the Arctic.

We have also been learning all about the United Kingdom, including the four countries that it is made up of and facts, such as, the name of the longest river and the tallest mountain in the UK. We have also learnt about the seven continents and five oceans in our world and was interested to learn that the Arctic Ocean is the smallest ocean.

Our Lever Design Book

We have been designing a new book for other children to read. We explored different books and decided that we found books most fun when they are pop ups and have levers. We decided that we were going to make our own book about the Arctic, using levers. We will show you photos of our finished book soon!

Dragon in School

We found footage of a dragon who had been in our school playground and quickly came up with ideas as to how we could see him again. We decided to make some ‘dragon food’, using some of the dragon’s favourite ingredients and left it overnight and in the morning, it was gone! We wrote a set of instructions about how to make ‘dragon food’ in case anybody else wanted to know.

We have yet to see him again and we still are unsure as to what he is doing in our playground. We think that he might have lost his knight and so we are writing a ‘Wanted’ poster in search of the knight.

Multi- skills

We had a fantastic morning at the sports centre, practising our multi- skills with children from other schools. We practised our jumping, hopping, skipping, running, throwing and dribbling.

Dragon and Castles Homework

As you all know, we love continuing our learning from school on at home. This is only a few examples of the fantastic homework that we have done so far. Can you guess what they are?

Hylton Castle

We have had such a busy start to Autumn Term 2. As part of our topic, we had the knights from Hylton Castle in to tell us all about what it was like to live in Hylton Castle hundreds of years ago. We even had a banquet where the Lord and Lady and their family sat at the top of the table.

Measuring Madness

In maths, we have gone measuring mad! We found a letter from Dippy the Dragon, asking us to measure different lengths of sticks in our school garden to help him build a den for his family. We have been using words, such as, longer and shorter and longest and shortest.


Remembrance Day

We learned all about why we wear a poppy on Remembrance Day and then decorated our own poppy to make a class poppy wreath. We explored mixing black and white to red paint to change the shade of the colour and used dabs of a cotton bud to paint.

Anti- bullying Week

As part of ‘Anti- bullying Week’, we wore odd socks. We have also written a recipe as to what makes a good friend, including things such as, helpfulness and kindness.


Our Super Space Ships

We have been busy making space ships by using different materials, such as, plastic cups and paper plates and have used different techniques, such as, painting, cutting, tearing, folding and ripping.

Learning at Home

We have also been doing some fantastic learning at home. We have made different space models using recyclable materials and have made a moon diary by looking at the changes of the moon over a week.

Aliens Love Underpants

In the past two weeks, we have been learning about the story ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ and so, of course, we collaged our own underpants in art, using the skill of tearing, ripping and cutting.


Playground Games

We have been talking a lot about the importance of how we play in the playground with our friends. Together, we came up with different playground game ideas and practised these together. Maybe you could play some at home!

Into Space

We have loved the start of our time in Year 1 so far and we have been so busy. As part of our ‘Space Topic’, we have been learning about the story ‘Whatever Next’. We have also designed our own rockets to go to the moon and have even made our own astronaut food in a bag so that it wouldn’t float if we were in space. In maths, we have been helping the aliens read, write and order numbers.