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We wish you health and happiness from all at Southgate Primary School.


Happy holidays from all at Southgate Primary.


Our 4 and 5 year olds sang their hearts out at the end of term concert for Parents. The Parents did a mean Reindeer Hokey Cokey too!


Mary had a baby, yes Lord, Mary had a baby, yes my Lord.Key Stage 1 presented the Christmas Nativity to Parents and Carers - a wonderful performance.


A festive time was had by all on Christmas Dinner Day!


Well done boys! Great team spirit and a determination to succeed. We are all proud of you.


We thoroughly enjoyed our author visit. We read the story, created our own character and did illustrations too.


Well done Southgate for your team spirit and tenacity at the netball tournament last week. Those smiles say it all (this was before it got dark and poured with rain!)


We are thrilled to invite Danielle Verbeeten into Southgate to talk about her super book Eddie the Elf. Danielle is the author and illustrator. There will be an opportunity to buy this wonderful book and have it autographed by Danielle herself. We can't wait!


We are striving to improve in all we do. Look at these resilient writers who persevere to do their best.


We wore dots, spots and stripes for Children in Need 2022.


Southgate launched Anti-bullying week with an Odd Sock Day. Here are Year 2 and Year 6 showing off their mismatched pairs!


Years 1 to 6 held a 1 minute silence to commemorate Remembrance Day today. Our Reception Classes learned about poppies!


We spend as much time as possible in the Learning Garden at Southgate. We don't have to be inside to learn here!


Look who has been working extremely hard and received a Good News Certificate. we were looking out for super learners and those children who are co-operative with others, all the time.I am super proud of them all.


Welcome back to school everyone!We're having a musical time in Donaldson Class.


Don't forget, the clocks go back an hour this evening! Get your alarms ready for school on Monday


A super first half term at Southgate, always proud of our children and their achievements.


Year 3 have been studying the Stone Age in History and found an interesting way to reperesent this prehistoric and neolithic structure.Stonehenge in biscuit form!


We are part of GLF Schools who has its 10 year anniversary today. We dressed as our favourite sports personalities, actors and singers (plus some super heroes thrown in for good measure)We are proud to be part of this family of schools.#GLFis10


From Year 1 to Year 6, our writing curriculum at Southgate Primary School is taught using ‘Curriculum by Unity Partnership’ (CUSP). CUSP is an ambitious research and evidence based approach which is built around the belief that every child should be taught the key skills and techniques to be able to communicate effectively in their writing. Our curriculum is carefully structured to ensure pupils build upon prior knowledge to master writing and develop their ideas.

The CUSP writing curriculum has been designed as a progressive, coherent yet flexible curriculum, which aims to extend, enrich and consolidate the learning of grammatical and compositional features to improve outcomes. Retrieval practice is used to solidify these new features for children to begin to use these independently in subsequent lessons.

At Southgate Primary School we believe that the development of literacy skills are central to improving the life chance for the children in our school and we recognise that these skills provide the foundation for all other learning. We strive to deliver a curriculum that gives the children every opportunity to become confident, literate, successful members of society with a love and deep understanding of English Language and literature.

Expert subject knowledge is carefully woven into each Writing unit, giving teachers the opportunity to teach and rehearse key knowledge and skills before children then apply this learning to meaningful, extended pieces of writing. This careful architecture of the curriculum ensures pupils revisit different writing genres twice in each year, to maximise the opportunities for progression and consolidate their skills, so they become writers for life. Within the CUSP curriculum, punctuation and grammar is taught both directly and discretely enabling children to see how it is embedded in example texts and then given the opportunity to apply this to their own writing.

Here is a link to CUSP for more information:


Writing in Reception

In Reception we believe that to be a successful writer the children need to have both the desire to have something to write about, and the physical capability to master a writing tool. To inspire the children to write we carefully plan play opportunities throughout our learning environment so that children see writing as part of play, and a vital means to communicate. As adults, we model this by immersing ourselves in their play so we can model purposeful writing and encourage the children to follow our lead.

In our continuous provision we follow the GLF Primary Curriculum, which uses high quality texts to expose children to rich, exciting vocabulary, and then gives them an inspirational theme to write about independently. In addition to this, we follow Read Write Inc where children are able to practise their handwriting every day. This approach not only exposes the children to a range of new vocabulary whilst providing a purpose for mark making, but also provides an extended period of time where children are using mark making tools and developing their fine motor control and pen grip. As the year progress, children will take part in activities where they have the opportunity to apply their developing phonic knowledge to a range of exciting writing opportunities, within all areas of the curriculum.


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