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These kids will be well read for big school

By Amanda Ferguson

What do Beowulf, Hunger Games and Sherlock Holmes have in common? The answer is they have all been loaded on to Kindle e-readers for 187 schoolchildren in Co Antrim to encourage them to read over the summer break.

School might well be out, but P7 pupils set to start Ballyclare High School this September have been gifted the tablets to stimulate their interest in books and to develop good reading habits.

Particular emphasis has been placed on boys for whom an interest in reading often decreases during secondary education.

Gareth Lenaghan, senior teacher at Ballyclare High, said: "Through this scheme we are hoping to stimulate our incoming Year 8s' interest in reading, which we believe is crucial to enhancing their abilities across all subjects.

"We are known as a 'reading school' and books on the Kindle will include some texts that will be studied in the classroom – as well as contemporary fiction that is popular and suitable for this age group – for the children to read and enjoy in their own time."

He added: "We believe that the Kindle will hold more appeal for boys who are traditionally more reluctant consumers of fiction.

"The device makes use of ICT to enhance teaching and learning, which supports the children in developing these key skills."

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