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St Francis Rugby Club came to train Year 6 on Friday. They taught a range of skills and talent spotted offering an immediate place for one of our pupils...Twickenham here you come!


Year 6 had a mini Olympics at K2 - they were brilliant with positive 'have a go' attitudes.


We ended our book week dressing as characters from a book. Well done to everyone for a super effort.


Parents joined us for a Book Tasting Day yesterday. This was a chance to read with the children and have a little taste of all the different types of books we can read.


It's Book Week at Southgate Primary School! We have our Book Fair, visiting authors, shared and paired reading, a Book Tasting Menu and a dress as a book character day...phew, so much reading. We enjoyed listening to author Jim Beckett today and learning how to start a novel.


Year 2 have been observing the life cycle of a stick insect. Here they are, fully grown.


We have a new playground with seats and benches and markings. It helps us to stay fit and active.


Sports Day 2022 - an absolutely brilliant day all round. The whole school took part and everyone was a winner!


'It was amazing'; 'I loved it at the end'; 'I loved it when they sang 'Stick it to the man''; 'My favourite part was when they were deciding their roles and instruments, it was inspiring' As you can tell, Year 6 loved School of Rock1


Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads out there, from Southgate Primary School


Campbell Class, our Reception children, invited Dads and Grandads into school to say a big thank you for caring for them. Happy Fathers Day for Sunday.


Year 6 visited The Hawth Theatre to see School of Rock. It was a-ma-zing! Lots of laughter, applause and fantastic music. Truly inspirational.


Year 3 had fun at Football Day last week.


We are geographers in Year 2. We can use globes, maps, atlases and IT to help us learn about countries, cities and towns.


Pneumatics is how air pressure powers and moves something. Future engineers at Southgate.


Before half term, Year 5 used their maths, science and Design Technology skills to bake cakes. They look delicious.


God Save Our Gracious Queen, Long Live Our Noble Queen, God Save The Queen. We had a fantastic time at our Jubilee Celebrations today. The children looked amazing, as did Mr Watson!


I can feel my heart in Morpurgo Class


Campbell Class have been reading Michael Rosen's Going on Bear Hunt. They used props to retell the story.


Sitting in the sunshine with a good book.




Southgate children will be competent readers, able to understand the author's intent. They will be read and reread high quality texts, chosen specifically to expand and deepen their vocabulary. In early reading they will begin to learn other skills such as inference and scanning and skimming. They will be able to discuss information and link to real life experiences. We believe reading is the key to opportunities offered to children in later life and our aim is for all children at Southgate to make outstanding progress from their starting point. 




You can achieve!

Make a difference

We are all part of our community and valued


Experiences help us grow


Every child can read.

Reading is the catalyst to all other learning

Exposure to good quality texts

Story time each day

Sharing books at home and school

Helping each other to learn to read.

Reading corners to excite the learner

Author visits

World Book Day

Library tours

Library membership


Phonics Policy 


How do we teach? 

At Southgate Primary School we follow the Read Write Inc. phonics programme. This is a complete literacy programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. The programme is designed for children aged 4-7. It integrates phonics with comprehension, writing, grammar, spelling and handwriting, using engaging partner work.

Children are taught by Teachers and Teaching Assistants who are trained to teach the programme. Each lesson consists of a speed sound lesson, spellings, reading and writing.. As children progress, they move on to vocabulary, grammar and

comprehension-based tasks in each lesson.

We start by teaching children to read and blend the first thirty Set 1 sounds. Once they have conquered this skill, they start reading stories and texts that have words made up of the sounds they know. This means that they can embed and apply their phonic knowledge and start to build their reading fluency. Once secure, children learn Set 2 and Set 3 sounds and then read texts with increasingly more complex sounds and graphemes. Throughout this process, there is a focus on comprehension, reading with expression and reading for enjoyment.

Children are taught in groups of 4-30 which reflect their phonic knowledge and reading fluency.

Children are assessed regularly to ensure that they progressing and moving on.

Alongside the RWI reading books used in lessons, we also send home the RWI phonics book bag books, meaning children bring home two books per cycle. These correlate with the group that the children are in, allowing the children to practise reading a phonetically matched book at home and extending that learning by reading the corresponding sequel book also. Children are also sent home with phonics sound books for home learning.

Why do we teach in this way? 

Read Write Inc. is a consistent and systematic teaching approach that has been designed to meet the key literacy aims of the National Curriculum. The grouping method of RWI enables us to teach specifically to each child’s needs and the flexibility of regular assessment ensures that each child is learning at the speed appropriate for them.

Staff are kept up to date with weekly training sessions delivered by the Reading Leader and we receive regular development days from our RWI Trainer ensuring consistent quality teaching.

The RWI phonics programme gives our Foundation Stage children the best possible start in their literacy learning journey and prepares our Year 1 children for the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check. In Year 2, the programme continues to build on the fluency and

comprehension skills learnt in Year 1. Our aim is for children to finish the RWI programme at the end of Year 1/beginning of Year 2, with children becoming confident fluent readers who enjoy a wide variety of texts.

How is this adapted for vulnerable learners and high attainers?

Children are assessed by the Reading Leader at least every half term. They can be reassessed at any point. The Reading Leader attends each phonics group throughout the week to check on individual as well as group progress. Any child that is considered to be a vulnerable learner will be assigned to our RWI Teaching Assistant who is dedicated to providing high quality 1:1 interventions every day for all vulnerable learners. In addition, teachers will also provide extra classroom-based interventions for the most vulnerable learners.

The children are grouped according to need and all teachers of RWI are able to identify both vulnerable and  high attainers. The Reading Leader can move the children to a higher-level group as and when is necessary, allowing them to be appropriately challenged. High attainers are also able to take extra reading books home as their fluency develops, as well as being challenged in focused literacy lessons.


For those who complete RWInc programme in Year 2 move the CUSP.reading programme. 

Those children who need further support in KS2 will continue with RWInc in Years 3 and 4, and will begin Fresh Start in Years 5 and 6.



Useful websites

How to pronounce the sounds 

Ruth Miskin - top 10 tips for reading

Letter formation

Phonics games