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

01915 537655

Highfield Academy

Year 4 (classes 12 & 13)

Summer 19


YEAR 4 (CLASSES 12 & 13)

Summer 19 GALLERY


Clean and Green in Barnes Park

This week, we were lucky enough to be invited along to Barnes Park for the West Area Clean and Green Event. We took part in lots of activities about the environment and how we can re-use plastic. Activities included, crafts, singing and building an igloo for a penguin! This was all followed by a picnic lunch in the glorious sunshine.

We also had the chance to enjoy all the fun of the fair where we were spun on waltzers, bounced on trampolines and drove dodgem cars.

A wonderful time was had by all!

Dear Diary…

This term we have been learning about mountains, and in English we have been reading ‘When the Mountains Roared’. In the story Ruby reluctantly travels to begin a new life in India with her Dad, her Grandma and the baby kangaroo that her Grandma smuggled into the country! We have taken on the role of Ruby and we have written diary telling of our journey. We presented our entries in the style of a scrap book. Here are a few fabulous examples. 


Year 4 (classes 12 & 13)

Spring 19 Gallery


Lovely Landscapes!

In art this term we have produced oil pastel pictures of mountain landscapes inspired by the work of Georgia O’Keeffe. We layered colours and then scratched into the layers to add detail to our work.


Visit to the Hindu Temple

In R.E we have been learning about Hinduism. We enjoyed a visit to a Hindu temple where we learned about traditional dress and had the opportunity to try some of the special clothing on. In the classroom we have enjoyed learning about Hindu beliefs, traditions and culture.



The Fireworker’s Daughter

In English, we have produced some lovely pieces of writing around the story of ‘The Fireworker’s Daughter.’ We have written instructions on how to wash an elephant! You never know when yours might get dirty! We have also written character descriptions about the main character, Lila. Take a look at some of the marvellous examples below.



Sporting Fun!

We have participated in many sporting events this term. We have taken part in a fun run, a multi-skills event and a tennis tournament. We have also  had the opportunity to take part in weekly swimming lessons.

We have been so successful we may have some future sporting stars here at Highfield! 


Centre for Life

In Year 4, we were very excited to visit the Centre for Life to take part in a habitats, food chains and classifications workshop. We placed woodlice in a choice chamber to determine which habitat they prefer. We then used a classification key to identify the species of some very interesting creepy crawlies including dancing stick insect and a baby tarantula called Consuela!

We also had some time to explore other areas of the science centre which we all really enjoyed. The 4D ride was a firm favourite for many of us although Mrs Musk had to close her eyes as she began to feel a little sick! The children represented our school fantastically and were a real credit to Highfield.


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