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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


At Southgate Primary School, our children will be competent readers, able to understand the author's intent. They will be able to read and re-read high quality texts, chosen specifically to expand and deepen their vocabulary. As the children progress through their reading journey 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. 

We recognise the important of reading across the curriculum and prioritise the teaching of explicit comprehension skills. As a school, we follow the CUSP Reading Curriculum. These lessons are completed daily for 45 minutes (in addition to daily teacher lead story time).These lessons use high quality texts and extracts, of varying genres, to teach comprehension skills, with the teacher reading the text as a class reader, for pleasure. Through this curriculum, each child will have had a suite of core texts that will form their depth study for the academic year. These texts have been mapped carefully to ensure a breadth of experiences, authors, texts and themes is addressed. 

Every whole class reading lesson will incorporate an opportunity for children to practise their reading fluency. We use strategies such as, echo reading, choral reading, speed reading, text marking and jump in.

To ensure inclusive practice for all children is embedded we implement the following:

  • Children are often sat in mixed ability pairs and encouraged to discuss answers

  • Have adult support

  • Have pre-read the texts or in situations where longer texts are overwhelming, extracts of this same text are provided

  • Teacher models with high quality answers


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Reading Progression Table 09th Sep 2022 Download
Whole Class Reading Texts 07th Sep 2023 Download