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AXMINSTER: Connor, 10, is a word millionaire

Friday, 17 January 2014

St MARY’S Roman Catholic Primary School pupil Connor Walker-Purse has been declared a word millionaire.
This is because he is the first pupil at the school to read more than one million words on the Accelerated Reader programme this academic year.
The ten-year-old has tackled 12 books since September and amassed a word count of 1, 030, 549 along the way. Showing no signs of slowing down, he is aiming to take the word count to two million words by Easter.
Connor said: “Anthony Horowitz and Michael Grant books are the ones I like best, so I get really in to them and remember everything that happens.
"When I do the on-line Accelerated Reader comprehension quizzes I know all the answers and usually score 95-100 per cent.
"Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz is the book that took me over the million-word-mark.”
Literacy co-ordinator Louise Perks described Connor as "a reading whizz-kid" and explained: "The Accelerated Reader programme assesses children’s comprehension levels and suggests books for them to read within a particular progression zone.
"Children can then choose books within this range to read, complete on-line quizzes and watch their word-counts rise.
"It has proved to be a huge hit at St Mary’s, with more children reading than ever before. Children often visit Axminster Library and Archway Bookshop with the most recently released quiz-lists to get copies of hot-reads.
"Competition between girls and boys is also fierce in the school, with monthly totals and awards motivating pupils to read, read and read."
Children from reception upwards can take part in the programme and parents can get involved, too, using a HomeConnect portal to view their children’s progress. Louise added that the programme has been up and running at St Mary’s for a just over a year and has been the biggest reading motivator she has seen in her career so far.

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