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St Paul's C of E Nursery & Primary School

Southgate (Year 3 and 4)


Southgate at St Paul's includes pupils in Year 3 and 4.  Pupils are split into Key Worker groups, of no more than 30 children. The Key Worker groups are mixed across year groups, meaning each Key Worker (registration group) will be made up of a mixture of pupils in Year 3 and 4. This approach allows pupils to learn and develop alongside and from their peers, learning new Key Stage Two content, whilst building upon their knowledge from earlier phases. This approach ensures that pupils receive targeted pastoral support, continuity of teaching and a clear point of contact for parents and guardians throughout their time in the phase.

Children meet with their Key Worker group twice daily, to be registered, engage in discussion and complete pastoral based learning. These activities can range depending on the specific needs of the group and often include wider curriculum work, sharing of ideas, shared reading and activities that support pupils’ social, emotional and mental health.

In addition to Key Worker groups, pupils are taught in learning groups for Reading/Phonics, Literacy, Maths and some wider curriculum subjects such as RE, PHSE and Music. Differentiated learning groups allow flexibility, challenge and support to be targeted to both the individual and specific needs of each group. Pupils have one key teacher for their learning group, which may differ to their Key Worker adult. For other wider curriculum subjects such as P.E, History, Geography, Science and Computing, pupils are taught in their mixed Key Worker groups, following our two year rolling programme to ensure coverage and progression of these subjects. 

In Southgate, we are lucky to have additional members of staff to support with the teaching of core knowledge, understanding and skills. We ensure staff are utilised to support individual and smaller group needs where necessary in order to ensure that all pupils succeed.