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In the Foundation Unit we encourage all the children to be independent learners.

 

The  children in Foundation One are supported by Mrs Baines, Miss Glossop,  and Miss Kettles.

Friday 22nd January 2021

Today we are going to be thinking about 2D (flat) shapes.  Look at these shapes below.

   

circle                                                                    triangle

1 side and no corners                        3 corners and 3 sides

   

square                                                     rectangle

4 sides and 4 corners                             4 sides and 4 corners

All the sides are the same length           2 long sides and 2 short sides

Try to learn the shape names and their properties.

Have a look around your home, can you find anything that is a circle, triangle, square, rectangle?

  1. Keep practicing your name.
  2. Can you make all the sounds for the letters in your name.  Make sure you are saying the pure sounds as demonstrated on the video.
  3. Count how many circles, triangles, squares, rectangles you can find in your home.

Thursday 21st January 2021

  1. Write your name.  Check you are forming the letters correctly find the link on this page.
  2. Count the number of chairs in your house.  Count the number of beds.  Do you have more beds or chairs? 

Today we are going to carry on thinking about the first sound in words.  

Look at the picture below.  What can you see? What sound do they begin with?

Socks and snakes and sausages, sausages, sausages. Socks, and snakes and sausages s s ss.

Look at the picture below.  What can you see? What sound do they begin with?

Bats and bears and bandicoots, bandicoots, bandicoots. Bats and bears and bandicoots b b bb.

Look at the picture below.  What can you see? What sound do they begin with?

Cats and cakes and crocodiles, crocodiles, crocodiles, Cats and cakes and crocodiles c c cc

Look at the picture below.  What can you see? What sound do they begin with?

Ducks and Dads and dinosaurs, dinosaurs, dinosaurs. Ducks and Dads and dinosaurs d d dd.

Look at the picture below.  What can you see? What sound do they begin with?

Fish and feet and friendly frogs, friendly frogs, friendly frogs. Fish and feet and friendly frogs f f ff.

Practice saying this rhyme and making the sounds.  Can you think of anything else that begins with today's sounds?

Wednesday 20th January 2021

  1. Write your name, don't forget to form the letters correctly.
  2. Think about the first sound of the vehicles in today's picture. Say the word. Listen to the word. Think about the first sound. Think about the shape your mouth is making.

 

Today we are going to be thinking about transport.  Do you know what that word means? It is something that takes people or things from one place to another.  Have a look at this picture.

Can you name the vehicles? Will they go on the land, in the water, or in the air? How do they work? Somethings have an engine but other's need a push.  

How many of each vehicle can you see? 

Next time you go out for a walk have a look for different types of transport. May be you could find a way of recording them using pictures, numbers or writing.

Vehicles have change a lot over the years. Why not see if you can find out what they were like in the past.

 

Tuesday 19th January 2021

 

Don't forget there are things you can practice every day. 

  1. Write your name.
  2. Collect some objects to count. (Don't forget to follow our rules for counting)
  3. Say the first sound for each object you can find.
  4. Have a go at some of the activities on our web page.

Today I would like you to think about the shape your mouth is making when you say different sounds. First find a mirror and make these different sounds: whee, boing, ssss (like a snake), sh (be quiet), ch (like a train).  Look in the mirror whilst you make these sounds.  What shapes do you make with your mouth? Can you see your teeth? Is your mouth open or closed? 

Monday 18th January 2021

Don't forget there are things you can practice every day. 

  1. Write your name.
  2. Collect some objects to count. (Don't forget to follow our rules for counting)
  3. Say the first sound for each object you can find.
  4. Have a go at some of the activities on our web page.

 

Today's activity is a counting activity. First listen to "one big hippo" on the bbc nursery thyme web site.  

Now we are ready to count the hippos.  Look at the photo below, how many hippo's can you see?

That's right there is 1 hippo. Can you make 1 on your fingers? Now lets sing the song.

1 big hippo balancing step by step on a slippery rock. He thought it was such tremendous fun, he called for another hippo to come. 

Now we need 1 more hippo.  How many hippo's do we have now? Look at the picture below to check.

  

That's right there are 2 hippos. Can you make 2 on your fingers? Now lets sing the song.

2 big hippos balancing step by step on a slippery rock. He thought it was such tremendous fun, he called for another hippo to come. 

Now we need 1 more hippo.  How many hippo's do we have now? Look at the picture below to check.

 

That's right there are 3 hippos. Can you make 3 on your fingers? Now lets sing the song.

3 big hippos balancing step by step on a slippery rock. He thought it was such tremendous fun, he called for another hippo to come. 

Now we need 1 more hippo.  How many hippo's do we have now? Look at the picture below to check.

That's right there are 4 hippos. Can you make 4 on your fingers? Now lets sing the song.

4 big hippos balancing step by step on a slippery rock. He thought it was such tremendous fun, he called for another hippo to come. 

Now we need 1 more hippo.  How many hippo's do we have now? Look at the picture below to check.

 

That's right there are 5 hippos. Can you make 5 on your fingers? Now lets sing the song.

5 big hippos balancing step by step on a slippery rock. All of a sudden they fell into the mud and down came the hippos with a great big thud.

 

Oh dear, poor hippos.  I wonder if any other animals could balance on the rock? 

 

A quick hello on a snowy day.

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Friday 15th January 2021

As it is such a cold and snowy day. I thought you might enjoy counting these snowmen (click the link below).  Don't forget to follow our rules for counting from yesterday.

 

After you have counted them you might want to go outside and build some of your own.  What does it feel like outside in winter? Do you think the snow will stay forever or will it melt? Maybe you could bring a bowlful of snow inside and watch it melt. Whatever you do have fun!

Something you can practice everyday is writing your name. It is important that you form the letters correctly so click on the link below to see the lower case letters. There should only be a capital letter at the beginning of your name.   

Let's continue thinking about the first sound in words.  Have a look at the image below.

All these animals live in the zoo.  What animals can you see? That's right, there is a tiger, sea lion, rhino, hippo, elephant, lion and panda.  Can you see Bertha the bus in the middle? Bertha the bus is going to visit all the animals and as she does so we are going to say the first sound of the animal. Don't forget to listen out for the sound, and to think about what shape your mouth is making. 

Off we go.....

Bertha the bus is going to the zoo, who does she see as she's passing through? Tiger (ttttt)

Bertha the bus is going to the zoo, who does she see as she's passing through? Sea Lion(sssss)

Bertha the bus is going to the zoo, who does she see as she's passing through? Rhino (rrrrr)

Bertha the bus is going to the zoo, who does she see as she's passing through? Hippo (hhhhh)

Bertha the bus is going to the zoo, who does she see as she's passing through? Elephant(eeeee)

Bertha the bus is going to the zoo, who does she see as she's passing through? Lion (lllll)

Bertha the bus is going to the zoo, who does she see as she's passing through? Panda (ppppp)

Did you hear the sounds? I hope you said the sounds carefully.  If you are not sure how to say the sounds check out the video I posted earlier in the week.  

Can you think of any other animals that Bertha could visit? What sounds do they begin with?

Thursday 14th January 2021

Today we are going to practice our counting skills.  Can you remember our rules for counting?

  1. Put everything in a line.
  2. Touch everything and say the numbers in the right order.
  3. What ever number you say last is how many there are.

How many frogs are in this picture? 

That's right, there are 5 frogs.  Can you hold up 5 fingers? 

That reminds me of a song we know.  Shall we sing it? 

"5 little speckled frogs, sitting on a speckled log, eating some most delicious grubs, yum, yum.

1 jumped into the pool.  Where it was nice and cool.  Then there were...?... green speckled frogs glub, glub".

How many frogs are on the log now? Can you count the frogs on the log in the picture to check your answer? 

  

That's right, there are 4 frogs on the log and 1 in the pool.  Can you show 4 on your fingers?

Let's carry on with our song "4 little speckled frogs, sitting on a speckled log, eating some most delicious grubs, yum, yum.1 jumped into the pool.  Where it was nice and cool.  Then there were...?... green speckled frogs glub, glub".

How many frogs are on the log now? Can you count the frogs on the log in the picture to check your answer? 

     

That's right, there are 3 frogs on the log and 2 in the pool.  Can you show 3 on your fingers?

Let's carry on with our song "3 little speckled frogs, sitting on a speckled log, eating some most delicious grubs, yum, yum.1 jumped into the pool.  Where it was nice and cool.  Then there were...?... green speckled frogs glub, glub".

How many frogs are on the log now? Can you count the frogs on the log in the picture to check your answer? 

That's right, there are 2 frogs on the log and 3 in the pool.  Can you show 2 on your fingers?

Let's carry on with our song "3 little speckled frogs, sitting on a speckled log, eating some most delicious grubs, yum, yum.1 jumped into the pool.  Where it was nice and cool.  Then there were...?... green speckled frogs glub, glub".

How many frogs are on the log now? Can you count the frogs on the log in the picture to check your answer?

That's right, there is 1 frog on the log and 4 in the pool.  Can you show 1 on your fingers?

Let's carry on with our song "1 little speckled frogs, sitting on a speckled log, eating some most delicious grubs, yum, yum.1 jumped into the pool.  Where it was nice and cool.  Then there were...?... green speckled frogs glub, glub".

How many frogs are on the log now? 

That's right. Zero. Now there are no green speckled frogs! Check how many are in the pool, just in case 1 has swam away.

Don't forget to keep practicing your counting skills. I am sure you can find lots of things to count in your house.  You can even change the song so your toys can jump into the pool.

Wednesday 13th January 2021

Today we are going to be thinking about the first sounds in words.  Have a look at these pictures?

Say, what you can see.  Listen to the first sound.  Think about what shape your mouth is making when you make the sound.

 

Bug, ball, beetle, brush all start with a b sound.  Cat, cream, candle, cup, all star with a c sound.

 

Flies, flower, fork, feet all start with a f sound.  Peach, potato, pineapple, pear all start with a p sound.

 

Now we are going to use all these things to make a magic spell. Are you ready to repeat the words.

 

Hubble bubble hubble bubble. What's in the pot? Hubble bubble hubble bubble. What have we got? Bug, ball, beetle, brush. That's what we've got in the pot!

Hubble bubble hubble bubble. What's in the pot? Hubble bubble hubble bubble. What have we got? Cat,cream,candle, cup. That's what we've got in the pot!

Hubble bubble hubble bubble. What's in the pot? Hubble bubble hubble bubble. What have we got? Flies, flower, fork, feet. That's what we've got in the pot!

Hubble bubble hubble bubble. What's in the pot? Hubble bubble hubble bubble. What have we got? Peach, potato, pineapple, pear.  That's what we've got in the pot!

 

Can you find anything else to go in the pot? Remember it must begin with one of our sounds.

Tuesday 12th January 2020

Today we are are going to practice counting forwards.  First hold up one finger, then another, then another. Until you are holding up all your fingers.  Each time you put up another finger say the next number. 1,2,3,4,5.  Now we are going to sing a song using these numbers. 

Go to the bbc nursery rhyme website and sing along with the song "when I was one I sucked my thumb".  Don't forget to join in by holding up your fingers and by completing the actions.

 

Monday 11th January 2021

Now we are thinking about the first sounds in words it would be useful for you to watch the video below to make sure that you are saying the pure sounds. Watch this video and practice making the sounds. Think about the shape of your mouth.

Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds (British English)

Listen to the 42 letter sounds of Jolly Phonics, spoken in British English. Each letter sound is clearly spoken twice, before an example word is given.Perfec...

Now you have practiced making the sounds why not make some silly soup.  Have a look at these pictures. What can you see?

 

Crocodile, cup, car, cow, clock, all begin with c.  Log, leopard, lizard, ladybird, lego all begin with l.

Pan, pig, pen, peg, panda all begin with p.

 

Now you are ready to make silly soup.  You can use my things or choose some of your own.

Remember you can only put things in the pan that begin with the same sound. Put one thing in the pan. Stir it up and sing "we're making lots of silly soup, we're making soup that's silly, we're going to put it in the fridge and make it nice and chilly". Now choose something that begins with the same sound and add it to your pan.

Friday 8th January 2021

Today we are going to be thinking about the first sound in words. Take a look at these pictures and decide what sound the objects begin with.

  

Scissors, Spoon, Sock all begin with a sssss sound. You sound a bit like a snake.

Pan, Pen, Peg all begin with a  p sound.  Put your finger in front of your lips as you say the sound. Can you feel your breath?

Now have a look around your home.  Can you find anything to add to my collections?  Choose a sound of your own and see if you can find objects that begin with that sound.  

Thursday 7th January 2021

I hope you enjoyed your winter walk yesterday.  Another good way to keep warm is dancing. 

Today we are going to be thinking about the song “Here we go round the mulberry bush”, which you can find on the bbc nursery rhyme website.

  • Don’t forget to follow the instructions and dance along.
  • Can you think of anything else you could do?
  • Is it a cold and frosty morning, or a warm sunny afternoon?

Have fun experimenting with the words  

Wednesday 6th January 2021

Hello! Did you see the frost this morning? It was white everywhere due to the cold weather.  

It is so cold now because it is winter. 

Can you remember when we went for our Autumn walk? That's right all the leaves were falling off the trees.  Now lots of the trees are asleep, that's because there is not enough sun in the winter for them to grow leaves. 

Why don't you go for a winter walk, to see if you can find any bare trees? Don't forgot to wrap up warm, it is very cold out there.

Tuesday 5th January 2021

If you are looking for something to do why not practise you’re counting skills.

Can you find 5 toys in your house?  Are you sure you have 5? Let’s use our rules for counting to check.

Rules for counting:

  1. Put everything in a line.
  2. Touch them and say the numbers in the right order.
  3. Whatever number you say last is how many there are.

 

Can you take one away? How many do you have now? How do you know? Don’t forget to check by following the rules for counting. 

 

Can you find other things to count? 

Can you remember yesterday when we were thinking about rhyming words? We found the words blue/you, me/see, ground/round, air/hair, mars/stars.  How do we know these words rhyme?

That’s right: Rhyming words sound the same at the end.

Have ago at this rhyme, and see if you can find any rhyming words.

 

Dave the bat

I have a little bat and he lives in a cave,

He’s my furry friend and his name is Dave.

He hangs from the rafters all day long,

And as he hangs he sings this song:

Flip flap, blink blink, flip flap, blink, blink, squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak!

Dave sleeps all day and he wakes at night,

He uses radar instead of sight.

Eating insects all night long

And as he flies he sings this song:

Flip flap, blink blink, flip flap, blink, blink, squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak!

 

See if you can sing your favourite nursery and spot the rhyming words.

Friday 6th November 2020

This week we have been thinking about words that rhyme.  Words that rhyme sound the same at the end.  We have played games putting rhyming pictures together, we grouped tree, bee, knee, key, and hat, bat, cat, rat.  I wonder if you can think of any rhyming groups.

We have enjoyed thinking about the colours, shapes and sounds that can been seen on bonfire night. There are lots as you can see from our artwork.

Today we have shared bonfire poems where we were able to identify some more rhyming words, night and bright, red and head.  

Thursday 15th October 2020

This week we have been learning about the different types of home near to our school. We began by learning how to recognise the key features and then enjoyed a walk in the local area to see if we could identify the homes we saw.  On returning to school we have revisited the features and created homes in the construction and workshop areas as well as with paint.  

 

A detached house is one house on its own, but a semidetached house is two houses joined together.

 

A bungalow has no upstairs and the people sleep downstairs.

 

Flats are lots of homes on top of each other.  We have also talked about the materials used to build our homes to make them strong.  

Friday 9th October 2020

This week we have been learning about different celebrations including Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Weddings and Eid.  We found out that some celebrations are for everybody and some are for Christians or Muslims.  After we had talked about our own experiences we learnt about the Jewish celebration of Sukkot.  To celebrate Sukkot we build a Sukkah outside and enjoyed using it to eat our snack.  

 

Thursday 1st October 2020

Welcome to all new parents who may be interested in seeing what their children have been doing since they started at school in September.  

All the tears have now stopped and the children seem to be enjoying their time with us.  The children have adapted well to school routines and are now ready to become fabulous learners.  Over the past few weeks we have been developing listening skills which we help us to learn lots of new things.  We have been getting to know each other by talking about our families.  We have also explored the environment and talked about autumn and harvest.

I hope you enjoy looking at our photos and you can see for yourself how busy all the children have been. 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 16th January 2020

Since returning to school we have been finding out about the world of work. The children have been thinking about the jobs they might like in the future and came today dressed for that role. 

 

 

 

Wednesday 18th December 2019

Santa flew into school today with the help of his Reindeer.  We enjoyed sitting in his sleigh before he gave us all a gift.

 

Thursday 14th November 2019

This week we have been sharing the Mr Men stories.  After reading the story of Mr Bump we decided that we need to keep on trying just like Mr Bump even when things are difficult.  We enjoyed finding and exploring in our school grounds just like Mr Nosey and we are going to keep applying this skill to help us choose new activities. 

Friday 18th October 2019

This week we have been learning about different celebrations. The children have enjoyed talking about the the celebrations they have shared with their families. We have learnt about the Jewish festival of Sukkot that is happening this week and ate our snack in the Sukkah we built outside. 

 

  

Friday 4th October 2019

This week we have been learning all about houses. The children were able to talk about the materials their own homes were made from.  In the forest we made shelters.

In shared reading we enjoyed the story of the three little pigs.  The children then worked in teams to build houses using straws,sticks, and bricks.

Friday 20th September

This week we have been thinking about harvest.  We learnt about the hard work the farmers were doing and even harvested some apples of our own.  The children were able to use knives safely to chop the apples and produce a delicious apple crumble for us all to share. 

 

Friday 13th September 2019

What a difference we are seeing in the children already! All the children are now coming to school with big smiley faces and are enjoying playing together. The children are responding well to our carpet sessions and we are looking forward to learning lots of new things together.  Take a look at some of the activities we have explored already. 

 

 

  

 

Friday 5th July 2019

Our topic this term has been Under the Sea.  The children have learnt the names of many creatures that live in the ocean.  They have enjoyed stories about pirates and used their new vocabulary in the role play areas.  This week we enjoyed a visit to Cleethorpes and learnt what it is like at the seaside.   

 

20th June 2019

This week we were able to harvest the potatoes that we planted a few weeks ago. We planted two different varieties and the children enjoyed learning how they looked and of course tasted different.  Hopefully our lettuce, peas, and turnips will be ready for us to enjoy soon.

 

 

24th May 2019

It has been a very short term but the children have made lots of progress.  Over the last two weeks we have learnt how chicks develop inside an egg and watched how quickly they change once they have hatched. 

 

 

3rd April 2019

Following our visit to the farm we used the flour to make some bread. We all worked together as a team unlike the Little Red Hen and her friends. 

  

  

27th & 28th March 2019

We had a wonderful time when we visited Whirlow Hall Farm. The children enjoyed meeting the animals especially the lambs and the piglets.  After Lunch we met the Little Red Hen and helped her plant some wheat. 

  

  

  

 

March 2019

This term we have been thinking about Traditional Tales.  We have enjoyed reading and retelling many stories including The Gingerbread Man, The Runaway Chapati, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.  Soon we will be learning all about the Little Red Hen and we will even be visiting her at Whirlow Farm.    

 

On world book day we came to school dressed as a character from one of our favorite books. Have a look below at what we got up to.  

 

 

February 2019

We have really enjoyed all our learning about magic and mysteries this term.  The children have developed their use of recall and their use of language by engaging with a lot of stories.  They have made magic wands in the forest and created spells to help them fasten their zips and to put on their shoes.  In the role play area they have become magicians and learnt how to perform tricks to the amazement of their audience. 

 

  

 

January 2019

During this term we have invited parents to join us at the start of our sessions on Monday to learn some songs and rhymes. Thank you to all the parents who have attended so far it has been lovely to share our learning with so many of you.  This half term we our learning number songs so we can practice our one to one counting. Please continue to support us on Monday's and by singing the songs with us at home making sure we are counting accurately. 

 

Our topic for this term is magic and mysteries and the children are really enjoying using their imaginations. We started by thinking about where we would like to go on a magic carpet and the children have continued to do this independently in the role play area. 

 

  

We have been reading lots of magical stories including; The magic porridge pot, Room on the Broom, and Winnie the witch.  We have used the ideas from these stories to make potions in the mud kitchen and in the forest. 

26th October 2018

Over the last two weeks we have been learning about the world of work. Last week we learnt about a variety of jobs and went to find people working in our local area. This week we have been thinking about what job we would like when we grow up. Today the children came dressed as if they were going to work and they all looked fabulous. Thank you parents for supporting us in our learning and helping us to dress up. 

 

 

 

 

 

10th October 2018

This week we have been talking about all the different fruits and vegetables that are harvested at this time of year. The children enjoyed making and eating an apple crumble using apples grown in the school grounds.

 

 

5th October 2018

This week the children have enjoyed listening to the MR MEN stories and thinking about the different characters.  We are encouraging the children to keep trying like Mr Bump and when they achieve their goal they can feel proud like Mr Happy. During our forest time this week the children enjoyed exploring in the long grass like Mr Nosey. 

 

 

20th September 2018

The children have made a good start to their school life and all seem happy to be here.  They are starting to form friendships and we have been talking about how we are similar and different to our new friends.  All the children have been busy exploring the areas of learning.   

 

  

Friday 6th July 2018.  The Herringthorpe Show

We had a wonderful time at the show. So many children had worked hard with their families at home to make these wonderful exhibits. Thank you!

  

  

Friday 28th May

What an exciting week we have had in school. On Monday 14 eggs arrived which we have successfully hatched and we are loving looking after the new born chicks.

 

Today we had lots of fun celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 

  

 Summer Term 1

This term we have been learning about how things grow and where our food comes from. On our visit to Whirlow Hall Farm we found out about a variety of fruit and vegetables and how we can eat all the parts of a plant.  We helped the farmer by weeding part of the allotment and planted our own seeds to bring back to school.

 

 

Our bean and pea plants are growing very well and we look froward to tasting them when they are ready.  We have also planted some radishes and lettuces in our outside area.

 

We have been thinking about the fruits and vegetables that grow in Spring and enjoyed making rhubarb crumble.

 

 Spring Term

We have been extremely busy this term learning about the countries in the commonwealth.  We enjoyed finding out about the royal family and the Queen who is the head of the commonwealth.  The children learnt about England and the other countries in the United Kingdom before comparing them to Australia, Pakistan and Kenya.  The children discovered that the commonwealth games will be held shortly in Australia then they planned and participated in their own sports.  We found out how our bodies felt when we exercised.  Next term we will be thinking about healthy eating and have planted some potatoes in preparation.

  

 

World Book Day

We love looking at books at school.  We share stories with our friends and find out new information.  Mrs Baines reads us lots of stories and we like to retell them using the pictures.  We loved talking about our favourite books and dressing up as the characters. 

 

 

 

Autumn Term 2

The children came back from the half term holiday pleased to see all their friends.  We have been thinking about the world of work and have been out and about in the local community finding people doing a variety of jobs.  Today we have been thinking about the job we would like when we grow up.  Lots of children came to school wearing the uniform they might need to wear for their job and they were all able to talk about the tasks they would need to perform.  

 

 

Autumn Term 1

Our topic this term is "Where we live".  

 

Week 6.  This week we have been thinking about the people who might live in the houses we have seen in our local area.  We have thought a lot about the different celebrations they might have and have learnt how their are similarities and differences between them.  Some of the children were familiar with Christmas, Easter and Eid but we learnt there are many more celebrations, including Diwali which happened this week.  

During our visit to the forest we made shelters to protect us from the falling leaves and rain.

  

 

Week 5. We have continued to think about houses this week and talked about the materials used to build the houses we saw on our walk.  Some children have enjoyed making houses at the Workshop table. 

 

 

We enjoyed reading the story of "The Three Little Pigs" together.  The children used different  voices for the wolf and the pigs.  We worked in teams to build houses and tested them by blowing them down, just like the wolf.  We discovered that brick houses are the strongest. 

 

  

 

Week 4. Today we went for a walk to look at the houses in our local area.  We saw detached houses, semi-detached houses, bungalows and flats. Please talk to your child about the different houses you see when you are out and about. What type of house do you live in?

 

Week 3.  This week we have thought about harvest and where our food comes from.  After reading the story of "The Little Red Hen" we made some bread.

 

    

 

Week 2.  We began the term by thinking about the environment outside.  We have talked about the things that happen during Autumn and enjoyed exploring the school grounds to look at the way the trees and flowers are changing.

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