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It was annual Moustache Day at Southgate on Friday. A chance to don a moustache just to bring a smile to our faces on a dull Friday in January. It certainly made us all giggle!


Our Year 6 boys football team won the Thomas Bennett Crawley Football League last week with a record of 7 wins, 2 draws and 0 losses. The boys were amazing and deserved their victory. Well done boys.


Year 4 Dahl Class started their drumming lassons last week. They are learning about base and tone and how to present this on a drum. It was noisy but fun.


Keeping Healthy in Campbell Class by learning how to brush our teeth


Welcome to the Southgate Space Station! Year 5 began their learning this half term pretending to go to astronaut training camp - look who made it through. To infinity and beyond..............


Dahl Class made potions to launch this half terms learning in science. They ere observing the effects of mixing liquids.


Campbell Class have been learning about healthy eating and how important a healthy breakfast is. They tried lots of different food and enjoyed every bite.


Each half term we have our Good News Assembly where we celebrate super learners and key characteristics. This half term we spotted positive children, those that see the good in all they do, have a smile on their face and embrace change and challenge. We are proud of you!


Each half term we have our Good News Assembly where we celebrate super learners and key characteristics. This half term we spotted positive children, those that see the good in all they do, have a smile on their face and embrace change and challenge. We are proud of you!


We are looking forward to seeing you all back at school for a new week, a new term and a new year.


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We all enjoyed our Christmas party lunch - there was turkey and crackers and dancing. Christmas 2021 at Southgate Primary.


Taking Christmas Jumper Day to the next level. Year 5 team feeling festive!


It's Christmas Jumper Day at Southgate Primary today. The children looked very festive whilst raising money for Save the Children UK Here are Years R and 6 - their first and last Christmas Jumper Day at Primary School.


At Southgate we learn about different painters and their styles.


Them bones, them bones, them dry bones... Year 3 have been sorting animals into vertebrates with an endoskeleton, invertebrates with an exoskeleton and invertebrates with a hydrostatic skeleton.


Reception have their own Learning Garden. The girls have been giving directions around the garden and also exploring the fairy garden and writing stories about what might happen there.


On Friday, Southgate celebrated Children in Need. The children dressed in spotty or yellow clothes and donated 50p towards this super charity. We raised £203. Well done everyone.


In computing Dahl Class has been looking at coding and using sequences to create animations. The children created sequences to make a spaceship travel to the moon, pause, then return to Earth


Southgate has been thinking about kindness and have been celebrating out unique characteristics during Anti-bullying Week. We wore odd socks to launch our week.

Early Years Foundation Stage


The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) applies to children from birth to the end of the Reception year. In our school, children join us fulltime in the September of the year in which they turn five.

Teaching in Reception is delivered in accordance with the government’s document, ‘The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’. It is an approach which brings together children’s welfare, developing relationships and learning and development. The curriculum is centred on Seven areas of learning, the prime and specific areas:

Prime Areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional DevelopmentEYFS 2
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

And Four Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

None of these areas can be delivered in isolation from the others. They are equally important and depend on each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities. In each are there are Early Learning Goals (ELG’s) that define the expectations for most children to reach by the end of EYFS/Reception.

These are underpinned by the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’, which show the learning styles of individual children.

  • Playing and Exploring – Children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
  • Active Learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
  • Creating and Thinking Critically – Children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things


Learning and Development

At Southgate we believe that ‘Play’ is how children learn best. Play can be seen as;



Activities for the



‘Children’s play reflects their wide ranging and varied interests and preoccupations. In their play children learn at their highest level. Play with peers is important for children’s development.’

Through play our children explore and develop learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world. They have the opportunity to practise skills, develop ideas and think creatively alongside other children as well as individually. The children communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems. They have the opportunity to express fears re-live anxious experiences in controlled and safe situations.

‘When children have opportunities to play with ideas in different situations and with a variety of resources, they discover connections and come to new and better understandings and ways of doing things. Adult support in this process enhances their ability to think critically and ask questions.’

Children at Southgate are given opportunity to be creative through all areas of learning, not just through the arts. Adults support the children’s thinking and help them to make connections by showing genuine interest, offering encouragement, clarifying ideas and asking open questions. Children in our Reception classrooms can access resources freely and are allowed to move them around the classroom to extend their learning.



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Parents Guide to EYFS.pdf 11th Feb 2019 Download
Characteristics of Effective Learning.pd... 11th Feb 2019 Download
Activites To Try At Home.pdf 11th Feb 2019 Download
EYFS Early Learning Goals.pdf 11th Feb 2019 Download