At Linton-on-Ouse Primary School and Nursery, we believe that developing good reading and spelling skills is rooted in high quality teaching of phonics; phonics is at the core of almost all children’s ability to read fluently. All pupils in Early Years Foundation Stage and in Key Stage One receive daily phonics teaching. We use the Dfe accredited Synthetic Systematic Phonics Programme by Essential letters and Sounds.

We endeavour to develop enthusiastic readers at a young age; we offer the pupils books that are decodable - the children have already been taught the phonemes that they need to be able to read the book. This encourages confidence as it allows the children to begin to access books quickly. Where pupils make less than expected progress, we help them to catch up quickly through additional support sessions.

What is Phonics?

A short film to help you understand what we mean by phonics

How to say the sounds!

This film clip will help you learn how to say the sounds correctly

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British Values at Linton-on-Ouse Primary School and Nursery

Long before the Government asked us to teach about British Values, we worked together to adopt a core set of values that bind us together. We teach that Britain has its own Cores Values, that bind us all together as a country, and that make all that live here special.

  • Democracy

  • Rule of law

  • Individual liberty

  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Pupil Voice

  • Promote democratic processes through election of school councillors – children can see how they are listened to and how their actions can produce results.

  • Connect with local politicians to further understand the democratic process.

  • Children collaborate to decide on class rules and repercussions for breaking them.

  • Voting for roles & responsibilities across school. Additionally, for particular books or treats and rewards they have earned.

  • Connect with the local Police/PCSO to learn about the rules and laws that we need to follow locally and within our society.

Key Local and National Events

  • Armistice Day is remembered and children are encouraged to reflect.

  • Elections are explained and spoken about. We also hold our own for School Council and lessons take place in order to help pupils gain a deeper knowledge of the processes and historical values. We also compare the systems in place internationally.

  • Perform a Nativity play and sing carols. We also celebrate Eid, Diwali and Chinese New Year.

  • Provide opportunities for risk-taking such as our trim trail, to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and increase their confidence in their own abilities. This is progressive and the outdoor offer, including two residentials takes this further.

Curriculum themes and topics

  • Curriculum prepares children for life in British Society including understanding and use of money, effective reading and writing skills.

  • Some topics include context of Britain as well as national and international comparisons. I.e. World War 2, Tudors, local area studies, The Great Fire of London, Rainforests and Ancient Greece.


  • Promoting British Values across lessons.


  • Mutual respect is taught formally through PSHE and informally throughout the school day.

  • Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely (i.e. through E-safety policy).


  • The promotion of ‘fair play’ and developing and following rules.

  • Celebrating and rewarding success and accepting defeat.

  • Participating in activities that promote cooperation with others.

  • Playlist of songs from British artists and those by artists from different cultures.

  • Taking part in Sports Day and other key events. This helps the children to develop a positive sense of themselves.


  • Respect for all faiths and beliefs are promoted.

  • Children gain a greater understanding of religious diversity and practices.

Cooking and Baking

  • Both British dishes and meals from other cultures


  • Celebrating British Authors (examples include JK Rowling, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens).

  • Discuss impact British Authors have had on our culture.

  • Range of literature available.