How To Support Your Child At School

Online Safety

The pupils at Palatine have written a charter to help them stay safe when using the internet.  Please use this at home to help you keep your children safe.

Reading At Home
What will reading at home cover?

Over the course of the year we will cover a number of areas to help you support your child and to have fun with reading together. Be prepared to make silly noises and look at books in a whole new way. You don’t need to be a great reader to have great fun with books. If you have any questions, tips or thoughts please put them in the comments and we will answer them as quickly as we can. We will be focused on real books, so sign up for your library cards now, as you can do this all for free. They are wonderful places and have all this stuff for free. They will help you use it, find it and enjoy it. The main library in town offers rhyme time, computer support, sensory stories and many more. Lots of smaller libraries offer different things as well.

Multi-sensory story magic Children to
First Saturday of the month 2.30pm-3.30pm

Here is a link to all the things they offer:

If there is anything else you think of that you would like covered then just let us know.

We will cover the following areas:

Sharing books

Ideas for how to share books with your child by using props, acting out the book, sound effects and dressing up (get ready to look silly).

Sounds Right!

Hearing sounds around you and dancing to the beat. This will include singing, noisy books, musical instruments (get your pots and pans out) and using our voices differently.

Looks Right!

Recognising words which you can’t sound out. Playing games to find these tricky words all around us (get your Where’s Wally hat out).

What does this say?

Tips and ideas for when your child wants to read to you, finding a book that they want and how to use your library and all it offers.


This is where you can encourage your child to really focus in on the sounds around them.  We live in a noisy world and helping your child to focus in on sounds and exclude others is a valuable skill.  It will help them distinguish sounds in words (which leads into phonics).  There are lots of short videos to watch in this session’s Learning to Read, please let us know if this is helpful or not. You should be able to just click on the link and it should appear….

Activities to support this skill are:

Listening Walk:  indoors or outdoors have they got their eyes and ears ready?  It might be helpful to use cupped hands round the ears as a prompt.  Try this link as an introductory story about one listening walk a child has with her father and their dog:



What can they hear?

After they’ve enjoyed their walk – write down the sounds they heard with them.

Drum Outdoors: have two beaters (wooden spoons, sticks, canes etc. as long as it’s safe to use).  Try banging, tapping, stroking on different objects outside such as fence posts, trampoline, patio etc.  Which is their favourite sound?

Sound Lotto: there are lots of games available to buy from the shops where children listen to sounds and then match them to a photo or try these links from Youtube:

Sound stories : use noisy books to engage children in sharing a book and pressing the button at the right moment in the story.  Add your own sound effects to a well-known story.

Hunt the Teddy: while the child leaves the room hide the teddy (or chosen toy).  They need to look for it and their clue is that when they move nearer to it you will sing/play musical instrument gradually louder but when they move away from it you will be playing quietly.

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