By the time children enter the juniors (Y3), the majority of children are competent at reading, and we develop their skills by supporting them in reading more challenging books, developing their comprehension skills, and building their vocabulary.
Most children in our academy have access to books at home, and we encourage the use of a local library. Reading is such an important and fundamental skill that we place great emphasis on developing reading at Avenue. We want every child to have the skills to be able to read, and to want to read, for pleasure. More and more children have access to an electronic device for reading. Whilst we continue to promote traditional paper books and instil respect for them, eBooks are also valuable in promoting excitement in reading in both children and adults.
Schools traditionally ban all electronic devices from the premises. Many secondary schools still do not allow students to take mobile phones to school, although they contain so much power to be of immense use to learning. Things are changing, and at Avenue we are always ready to embrace anything new and lead the way; however, we have a clear policy on the use of such devices and consider all issues to do with safety and security.
We feel that, as a school, we can manage the situation of having children’s eBook readers in school from Y3 upwards. Whilst there is no reason why our youngest children should not be using an eBook reader, we need to have the confidence that children will show respect for their own and other children’s property, and that using the device has a purpose. Therefore, our policy applies only to Y3 – Y6 at the moment.
1. Children may bring their own eBook reader to school. They should not bring, for the purposes of reading:
a. Mobile phones
b. Tablet devices (e.g. iPad, Android tablet, Blackberry Playbook).
2. Devices must be charged at home – no chargers should be brought into school (children cannot plug their own devices into a mains socket for safety reasons).
3. Devices must not be left at school overnight.
4. Devices should be taken into the classroom at the beginning of the day and not left in unattended bags.
5. All devices must be clearly named, and it is a good idea to protect them with a case suitable for use by children (i.e. will withstand being
6. The school will do everything reasonable to ensure that all devices are protected from theft, but will not be held responsible for any
loss. Note that a device that has a name or markings that make it distinctive and un-sellable, are less likely to be attractive.
7. It will be the parents’ responsibility for uploading books and paying for material on the device. If children wish to follow a story being
read in their class on their eBook reader (e.g. a ‘class book’) this will need to be purchased and downloaded at home.
8. At this stage, we will not allow connection of any devices to our network.