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Assembly

 

Our AM and PM assemblies were fabulous! The children showed all the parents what we had been learning about. We acted out the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, sang a song about a acterpillar that changed into a butterfly, sang a counting song and then danced to 'Let's twist again' using our gross motor and coordination skills. Our parents even joined in too! With a little encouragement!

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This week our caterpillars have cocooned and we can't wait until they turn into butterflies!
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Caterpillars!

This week we have had some new arrivals in nursery; our baby caterpillars have arrived. We can't wait to see what is going to happen to them! 

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During our last week of term we have been our usual busy selves! We acted out our story of the week, The Enormous Turnip, in the woods, we baked shortbread, we sang songs on the stage and the afternoon children experienced street dance with Miss Courtney.

See you after the holiday for more fun and frolics!

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We had a fabulous day on Friday celebrating The Royal Wedding. We made crowns, designed wedding dresses and wedding cakes and we had a party! We all had so much fun!
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This week we have been very busy. What's new, I hear you ask! We have been to the library and chosen new books and participated in a singing and story session. We have planted a sunflower seed and taken it home. I know that there will be some huge sunflowers in Langold in the summer! We have been on an adventure in Tree-mendous Tuesday where we made shapes with sticks. We are getting good at talking about their properties now! I wonder what next week will bring?! Lots of fun learning, I expect!

 

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This Friday the sun was out and the children decided that they mostly wanted to be exploring the outside provision. Who can blame them?!

Miss Frisby decided to put lots of water, pipes, tubes, funnels and watering cans out to see how they would access them and what ideas they would have and they didn’t disappoint. The engagement was amazing and the bikes that are usually a number one favourite activity, were pushed to one side.

They busily watered plants (a lot!) and  investigated what would happen to the water in the pipes when they lifted the pipes up high or kept them straight. Miss Frisby put some red colouring in the water so it was easy to see in the tube, which really caught their attention. They decided to take the water over to the mud kitchen and make lots of delicious soups and potions! The water was transported in different containers around the garden and even poured down the slide! Chalk had been used on the floor so Miss Frisby got some soapy water and they scrubbed the chalk away using large brushes which is a gross motor activity that helps develop their muscles which in turn develops their pencil grip.

We also had some new waffle blocks delivered that they use for building but the empty box that was left out proved to be a very exciting resource! They hid in it, put their friends in it, climbed in and out of it, dragged it and eventually trashed it but the whole of Foundation loved it!

All these activities sparked their curiosity which kept them engaged and fascinated in their learning for long periods of time. Lots of questioning and problem solving happened and it was a fabulous afternoon of learning.

This week we have met our new friends who have settled in brilliantly. We have also started our Street Dance sessions with our morning children. They loved it and can't wait until next week! We completed a number line during our Tree-mendous Tuesday adventure and we saw the big tractor in the field.I wonder what next week will bring!

 

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This week we have been baking flower shaped biscuits. We had to tell Mrs Moore how to follow the recipe and what ingredients were needed! The weather was so nice when we ventured into the woods which made a change from the sleet and snow we had been experiencing! We found a huge worm that liked the sun too! There were lots of signs of spring as the floor was littered with flowers and there were lots of buds on the trees. It was beautiful!

 

 

 

Summer 1

 

This term's topic is: Growing

Welcome back to another fun filled half term filled with lots of new exciting experiences to ensure our children are motivated to learn. Please remember, our door is always open if you wish to discuss anything with me or Mrs Fenton. You can also email me at: afrisby@langold-dyscarr.notts.sch.uk And don’t forget to visit our class blog as this is updated regularly and we would love it if you commented and told us anything that your child has shared with you at home about school. This will be added to their evidence folder and is a great way for you to show us how you are involved with their learning at home. http://f12017.langoldblogs.net/

 

Planting seeds

This half term we will be planting seeds and learning about what they need to grow. The children will be bringing them home in a little pot which they will be able to look after with you and eventually plant in the garden. Good luck

 

Tree-mendous Tuesday

This happens every Tuesday regardless of the weather and the children love all the exciting adventures we take them on. This half term we will be feeding the birds, looking at changes in the environment, lifting logs to find insects, making perfume, making faces with natural resources and going where our wellies take us! Lots of snacks, conversations and fun will be had by all!

Our learning

This half term our role play is back to the home corner ready for our new friends arriving next week. Outside we have a cake shop in the shed to support imaginative play. I’m sure you’ll have time to stop for a quick nibble! In numeracy we will be consolidating our numbers and learning which number comes next on a number line. We will also be learning about shape. We are reading Jack and The Beanstalk and Jasper which are related to our growing topic.

Nursery Rhyme Challenge

Thank you to everyone who supported our Nursery Rhyme Challenge. It is such a big thing to stand up in front of all of you and sing and sign. But they did it and they made us all proud.

Nursery rhymes are so important to develop language and communication skills. Introducing your child to a variety of nursery rhymes can help them learn and understand about different sounds. This is an important part of developing early literacy skills.

Thank you for the sponsor ship we have received so far. Can we have anymore that you have kindly collected in by Wednesday. Thank you :-)

 

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Catching The Gruffalo!

Miss Frisby has been very busy catching the Gruffalo. She mashed him up (but took out the purple prickles!) and put him in a tub ready to use for our crumble filling. The children weren't too keen to try it although Aston, Lottie, Eliana and Livia were a bit more adventurous and dipped their finger in!

After a while Miss Frisby admitted that she was tricking and it was really apple and rhubarb filling with red food colouring! 

We do love using our imagination!

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Trip to Brackenhurst

This week we went on our amazing trip to Brackenhurst to elaborate on our Spring theme. We saw baby lambs that were only a few hours old cuddling up to their Mum's and we also saw baby calves who, even though they too were only a day old, still had lots of energy and were chasing around the paddock! We weren't too keen on the smell in the farm but we loved exploring and we also went in the woods. We collected natural resources to stick on to our sheep picture and we made cheese! Yum!

The children were amazing and were a credit to our school. Thanks to all the helpers. We couldn't do it without you!

The library and lots of learning!

This week we have met the actual Gruffalo in the woods along with his friend the snake! We know the owl was around because we could hear him hooting and we saw some white feather inside a tree trunk! The children pretended they were brave but there were a few worried faces! We also sprinkled some bird food because Miss Frisby knew they were hungry. 

In phonics the older children have been having a go at writing some phonemes. They loved it and all tried really hard. We also visited the library and sang some songs, listened to some stories and changed our book. Thank you to everyone that came to help us.

Next week we are visiting Brackenhurst Educational Center and hopefully we will see some baby lambs being born. We will keep you posted!

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This week we have had some exciting new resources and activities for our Spring 2 term. We are reading the story of The Gruffalo and have some of the characters in our small world so our friends can re-tell the story. We have also been painting The Gruffalo. Outside we have also got a Gruffalo cave and if you look carefully, you might even see him peaking out. But be careful because he is hungry and might fancy a nibble on a nursery child or two!

The children showed an interest in pirates at the end of last half term so we have put the pirate ships and a few pesky pirates in the sand. There is a treasure chest too but don’t fall in the sea as the sharks might eat you up!

Our cake cafe has proved to be a hit (we knew it would!) Mrs Gail and Miss Frisby modelled very carefully how we play with this resource because some of friends might not have visited a cafe before. We also want to ensure that we look after our new resources. So turn taking was modelled and only four children were allowed at once.

Thanks for all your homework. Aston made a yummy chocolate cake for us to eat and Jason baked some cakes. There were some fabulous pictures of flowers, a weather map, pictures and descriptions of baby animals. I can’t wait to see the rest!

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Spring 2

This term's topics are:

Mythical Creatures (The Gruffalo) and Spring and Easter                                     

Welcome back to another fun filled half term filled with lots of new exciting experiences to ensure our children are motivated to learn. Please remember, our door is always open if you wish to discuss anything with me or Mrs Fenton. You can also email me at: afrisby@langold-dyscarr.notts.sch.uk And don’t forget to visit our class blog as this is updated regularly and we would love it if you commented and told us anything that your child has shared with you at home about school. This will be added to their evidence folder and is a great way for you to show us how you are involved with their learning at home. http://f12017.langoldblogs.net/

 

Our learning

This half term our role play area has been turned into a cake shop and we will be serving afternoon tea! We can’t wait to hear all the lovely language that will be happening in here. We also have a Gruffalo cave outside so that children can use their imagination and act out the Gruffalo story that we will be reading this half term. We will also be consolidating our numbers and learning which number comes next on a number line.

 

World Book Day

On Thursday it is World Book Day and our theme this year is Mythical Creatures. You can dress up as a book character or a mythical creature. I wonder who you will be?

 

Library and trip to Brackenhurst

We will be visiting the library on Thursday 8th March so please drop your books off to the library if you can before we go.

We are also going on our class trip to Brackenhurst Environmental Centre and we will be observing baby cows and lambs. Last year we even saw one being born! We will be participating in craft activities too. A letter will be sent out this week.

 

Sponsored Nursery Rhyme Challenge

This half term we are completing a Nursery Rhyme Challenge and you are welcome to come and watch us perform. A letter and the first rhyme for you to learn will be sent out this week.

Thanks again for all your support. We couldn’t do it without you! The Nursery team!

 

Tree-mendous Tuesday happens every Tuesday regardless of the weather and the children love all the various adventures we take them on. This half term we will be feeding the birds with bird feeders, going on a Gruffalo hunt and in the final week we will be Easter egg hunting so any donations would be greatly appreciated. I think the Easter Bunny will make an appearance too!

 

 

 

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This week we have been exploring 2D shapes. We have looked at their properties and Miss Frisby hid some in a box and we had to guess what shape was peeking out.

We explored a different route in our Tree-mendous Tuesday adventure that was very muddy and it even started to snow in the afternoon. We used positional language as we had to go under branches, over logs and we even sat on them!

We have been using our new dough to improve our fine motor skills and have followed Shonette Baison on you tube which was fun.

In baking we made rock buns with chocolate chips in that were very tasty.

Next week is red day on Valentines Day, we are tasting Chinese Food and we are tossing pancakes (and eating them!) on our Tree-mendous Tuesday adventure. What a busy week!

 

 

This week we have been very busy exploring the provision and actively learning and making links with our learning. 

We have used gross motor skills to mix the wet sand, sieved the sand to find treasure  and counted how many jewels we have found. We have used lots of fabulous language and our amazing imaginations in the home corner, the pirate small world, in the water area concocting potions and in the outside environment. We have developed                 friendships in our house outside, riding the bikes and taking selfies on Miss Frisby's   ipad (and then denying it was us!!) We have completed jigsaws, made marks in the    writing area and used the playdough to make delicious green cakes!

It is so fabulous to see how our friends use the provision and extend their learning, sometimes on their own, sometimes supported by a member of staff and sometimes with a friend.

I wonder what light bulb moments we will have next week!

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This week on our Tree-mendous Tuesday adventures we took our nursery rhymes into the woods. We caught the bus and sang the rhyme, 'The Wheels on the Bus.' Then we built a wall for Humpty Dumpty and he really did crack as we used a real egg when we sang our song. Finally we all went up the hill just like Jack and Jill. We are getting really good at our rhymes now!

In yoga we are getting really good at listening to instructions and doing what we are instructed which is a really difficult skill. We have some fun listening to Jamie on Cosmic Kids and participating in the yoga stories. This all develops our gross motor skills along with the other experiences we have in nursery!

Our learning this week!

This week we have been so busy welcoming our new friends who have settled in lovely and I am very proud of our older children who supported them in their new adventure. We have experienced Suretots and yoga which has developed our gross motor skills and well as allowing us to express ourselves to music. We have explored our environment during our Tree-mendous Tuesday adventure and used our maths skills to count and find different sized sticks. In baking we made monster biscuits which the children loved and this is evident in the pictures; just look at their faces! We have also been mark making and our older children have been learning the phoneme 'a' in phonics which they formed outside using chalk. Next week we are learning the 't' phoneme. Our new friends have been recognising their name and tracing the letter shapes.

What a busy week!

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Spring 1

Our topic this half term is:

Nursery Rhymes and Monsters!

Welcome back to another fun filled half term filled with lots of new exciting experiences to ensure our children are motivated to learn. Please remember, our door is always open if you wish to discuss anything with me or Mrs Fenton. You can also email me at:
And don’t forget to visit our class blog as this is updated regularly and we would love it if you commented and told us anything that your child has shared with you at home about school. This will be added to their evidence folder and is a great way for you to show us how you are involved with their learning at home. http://f12017.langoldblogs.net/

Nursery Rhymes and monsters!                                                                                                                   

   This half term is going to be all about nursery rhymes as they provide a vital role in firing children’s imaginations and supporting with early writing. It is after all poetry and these early rhymes capture a child’s excitement, imagination and playfulness with language like nothing else. There are hundreds of nursery rhymes that you can sing with your child so turn off the technology and sing out loud!

We will be signing different nursery rhymes, acting them out and participating in a nursery challenge. More information will follow on that. In the woods the children always spot a monster whether it’s The Gruffalo or some other wonderful creature (don’t worry, it’s in their vivid imaginations!) so we have taken on this theme and will be reading stories about monsters and painting some wonderful creatures!

Take One Picture

This is the National Gallery's countrywide scheme for primary schools which aims to inspire a lifelong love of art and learning by promoting the role of visual arts within education. In nursery we will be studying the picture and taking our ideas into the woods as we re-in act the parade that is depicted in the picture and bring our art work to life. We will also be painting pictures of animals from the picture and making a model cow! Well Mrs Fenton will be on the case with our eager children!

We had a great time on our trip to a snowy and cold Perlethorpe. The children made Christmas crafts and went on a trip to Bethlehem where they struggled to find a place to stay. Eventually a grumpy innkeeper let Mary and Joseph sleep in his stable and that is where baby Jesus was born.

On Thursday we had our Christmas party and had so much fun playing games and eating party food. We wore our home made party crowns and our gorgeous party outfits. I expect there will be some tired children by Friday evening!

 

    

 

 

 

      

 

 

  

The Christingle was such a lovely experience and the children learnt so much.

We know that:

The orange represents the world.

The red ribbon is a reminder that Jesus died.

The cocktail sticks represent the four seasons.

The candle reminds Christians of Jesus, light of the world.

The sweets or dried fruit represent all of God’s creations.

They were so sensible when we lit them. 

 

    

This week we were amazing in our Nativity production! The children looked fabulous and sang and acted their hearts out! Thank you to everyone that came to support and our amazing helpers that sold raffle tickets and helped dress the children in their costumes. We can't thank you enough! Thank you to everyone that came to see it and all the lovely blog comments. You are wonderful!

 

 

 

 

This week we have been reading the story of Little Red Riding Hood and we acted it out in the woods and sequenced the pictures. We also helped out the hungry birds by making them delicious bird feeders using pine cones smothered in peanut butter and bird seed. We hung them in the woods on our Tree-mendous Tuesday adventure. The birds were tweeting excitedly as the saw us putting them on the trees! In numeracy we have used our apple tree and added different amounts of apples. We counted them 1:1 and found the number and Numicon shape to match. We also posted our Christmas lists that we had written to Santa which was very exciting! I do hope Santa has a large sleigh! Next week is our Nativity production and we are superb at singing and the F2s are great actors! We can't wait to share it with you!

            

This week we have been reading The Gingerbread Man and we acted the story out in the woods. The children are amazing at repeating the refrains from the story. We also made gingerbread men during our baking session on Friday. They looked very yummy!

In numeracy we have been counting out different amounts of children and adding them to our bus. The children sometimes had to take some off when they got off at a the Langold stop!

During phonics we have been using our listening ears and playing a game called Noisy Neighbor where our neighbor (Mrs Fenton) made different sounds behind a screen and woke us up! We weren't impressed with her. We had to identify the sounds she was making like laughing, yawning and stamping her feet. We guessed them all!

Next week we are reading Little Red Riding Hood and acting it out in the woods. I hope we don't see the wolf!

 

      

Last week was all about The Three Little Pigs and this week we are reading The Three Billy Goat's Gruff. We are getting so good at repeating the key phrases and using our story voices! Some of them are quite scary! 

We have used masks and costumes to act out the story as well as props in the sand and in the small world. But our children don't really need props as we can hear them in the woods, playground and foundation unit acting out the story with their friends!

We have been  counting 1:1 with pine cones, bean bags and pom poms and have been incorporating fine motor skills too by using tweezers to manipulate them. We have also been accessing gross motor skills activities to develop the muscles in our shoulders so that we are able to hold a pencil correctly. One of our favourites has been sweeping up soapy water in the yard with big sweeping brushes!

We are yoga masters now and enjoy following the instructions from Jamie on Cosmic Kids. We really listen to what she says and copy her moves. Our listening and attention skills are really improving and this was evident when we were discriminating between sounds in our phonics session. We could tell which instrument Miss Frisby and Mrs Fenton were playing behind the screen and we found the same instrument and played it back. Well done everyone!

 

    

 

    

 

         

 

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Week one has gone so fast and we have had so much fun in our learning. We read the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and acted it out in the home corner (which was turned into the Bear's cottage) and outside on our stage area. The children are great at repeating the refrains in the story and we could hear Daddy Bear's voice in various places in the unit!

In numeracy we have been counting objects and seeing if we had the same amount as our friend. We also used water pistols outside to squirt a number that Miss Frisby shouted out.

The children have loved exploring the spooky cave in our shed and the witches hats and the broom sticks were a huge hit. The imaginative play was taken into all areas of the outside area and there were a few witches abandoning their broomsticks for the more traditional mode of transport; the bikes!

We have been working on gross and fine motor skills and many of our children have developed their pencil grasp with the activities that we have provided such as sweeping soapy water in the yard with large brushes, shoveling wet sand with spades and writing on our new blackboard table. Miss Frisby was so proud of the progress and how their muscles have developed!

Tree-mendous Tuesday was a spooky affair as we entered the woods to find witches, pumpkins, ghosts and spiders dangling from the trees. The children recorded their findings on a tally chart and we added them up at the end. We discovered a witches cave complete with her broom stick and hat and she even had a lit pumpkin for us to see! We ate Halloween biscuits and drank black juice! 

Baking Friday was all about pumpkin biscuits and they even had a smiley face on them much to everyone's delight!

I wonder what next week will entail.

Check out the blog to see all the learning that has been taking place.

 

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Autumn 2 in F1!

 

Traditional tales and Christmas!

Welcome back to another fun filled half term filled with lots of new exciting experiences to ensure our children are motivated to learn. Please remember, our door is always open if you wish to discuss anything with me or Mrs Fenton. You can also email me at: afrisby@langold-dyscarr.notts.sch.uk

And don’t forget to visit our class blog as this is updated regularly and we would love it if you commented and told us anything that your child has shared with you at home about school. This will be added to their evidence folder and is a great way for you to show us how you are involved with their learning at home.

http://f12017.langoldblogs.net/

 

Once upon a time…

We are kicking off this half term looking at different traditional tales beginning with Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The home corner will be transformed into the cottage of The Three Bears and there are bear masks so that the children can act out the story with their friends. We will be collaging a Goldilocks to sit on the wall of the home corner so that she can see the bears eating the delicious porridge! We will also be reading The Three Little Pigs, The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff and The Gingerbread Man before we start our Christmas period. We will be joining F2 and producing a Nativity on Tuesday 5th December at 10am for the morning children and 2.00pm for the afternoon children. I hope you will come along and support us. Although I’m sure you wouldn’t miss it for the world!

 

School Trip

We will be going on our school Nativity trip on Monday 11th December to Perlethorpe. It will be a full day and AM and PM children will go together. We make Christmas crafts and act out the Nativity story and even go to Bethlehem! It’s a lovely way to learn about the Christmas story. Letters will be going out shortly.

 

 

Weekend Books

These are an amazing resource we can share with the children about what you have been doing at home. It can be going out for day trips, visiting family or playing at home with siblings; they love to share them with their friends because they love talking about themselves!

It help improve their confidence and communication and language skills so please fill them in and send them to school on Mondays.

 

Tree-Mendous Tuesdays

Tree-mendous Tuesdays  happens every Tuesday regardless of the weather and the children love all the various adventures we take them on. This half term we will be getting spooky during our first visit as we discover ghosts, witches and pumpkins hanging from the trees! We will eat Halloween biscuits and drink black juice and get a sticker to take home. Then we will be making sparklers from sticks and leaves to celebrate Bonfire Night. Next week we will have to help The Three Little Pigs rebuild their houses as the Nasty wolf has blown them down! Later on in the half term we will be making and hanging bird feeders to help the hungry birds during winter. There will be lots more going on but I won’t spoil the surprise!

 

Reading at home

Enjoying books and reading stories from a very early age is crucial in your child’s development. It helps with their ability to understand words, use their imagination and develop their speech, as well as being something they really enjoy. So please share a book at least four times a week and fill in their reading diary.

 

 

The Little Red Hen

This week we have been reading the story of The Little Red Hen and in our Beat Baby bag were lots of clues such as a lazy dog, a sleepy cat and a noisy duck as well as a windmill and some flour. The children have become experts in repeating the refrains from the story and talking about why the Little Red Hen's friends weren't kind because they wouldn't help her to make the bread.

We went to the allotments on our Tree-mendous Tuesday adventure and were lucky enough to find The Little Red Hen who was living in Summer's Grandad's allotment! She even laid some eggs for us. On the way back we saw our friend the smiling horse who always has time to show us his teeth much to our friend's delight!

 

 

 

 

 

 Autumn

In our Beat Baby’s bag was different items related to Autumn. There was some conkers, a pumpkin (which the children were really excited about!) and some pinecones. We talked about what happens in Autumn to the leaves on the trees, which animals hibernate and which birds fly to warmer countries. We looked at what clothes we might wear and were excited about celebrations that occur like Bonfire night and Halloween.

In the woods we are collected leaves to make a hedgehog collage. We know that they hibernate in Autumn. We have learnt a lot this week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using our senses

This week we have been learning about our senses. We used our sense of smell to decide what items were hidden in the pots. The garlic was very smelly! On Tuesday during our Tree-mendous Tuesday adventure we used our sense of touch and sight to look for different natural objects that we could stick on to our colour and texture foot pallet. Wednesday was all about using our ears to listen to instructions in yoga and on Friday was the best day as we used our sense of taste to sample our delicious cakes that we had made in baking!

Visit our blog to see everything we have done this week in more detail.

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Autumn 1 newsletter

All about me!

This term in F1 our topic is 'All About Me' and we have been looking at our faces and painting pictures of ourselves and members of our family. Our new friends have brought their 'All about me' bags to share with us so we get to know what they like to do outside of school, who belongs to their family and what their favourite toys are.

This week we have been so busy because not only have we participated in Suretots which happens on a Monday afternoon and a Thursday morning but we have also been on our first Tree-mendous Tuesday adventure where we made faces in the woods out of natural resources. On Wednesday we even did a little bit of yoga which helped our listening and attention skills.

Friday is baking day and we all make a tasty treat to take home although they are usually eaten on the way out of the door!

Look at our F1 blog to see regular updates of what experiences we have been having.

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