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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.


In Year 6 we were all ready for SATs this week after a hearty breakfast with our friends.


Congratulations to Mrs Shanmugasundaram who has helped raise money through the run for very worthwhile charities including St Catherine's Hospice. Well done, we are so proud of you.


Amazing writing from L in Year 2. What super progress she has made.


Our Reception Class visted Ashdown Forest yesterday. They built dens, found Winnie the Pooh, walked for miles and fell asleep on the way home. It was a great day.


We love reading at Southgate. Indoors, outdoors, any time, anywhere. We love our playground story chair.


A new day, a new week and a new term.


I think all the children have grown taller over the break. Welcome back every one.


Winners of our Egg Competition. Well done you creative lot!


Dinosaur databases in Year 3


We have been learning about Easter across our school. Year 2 made some wonderful Easter gardens.


We love numbers in Campbell Class


Happy Mothers Day to all the special people that love us and look after us from Southgate Primary School


Getting ready for Mothers Day on Sunday 27th March 2022


Year 5 are taking part in a local schools rugby competition today. Good luck to you all.


Rockstar Day at Southgate Primary to celebrate Red Nose Day


Experimenting with carbon dioxide in Year 6




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