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Nursery

Welcome to Rainbow Class

 

Our Staff:

Alex, Vanessa and Sue

   

About our class:

Alfred Salter Nursery is a warm and welcoming setting where children are given the opportunity to develop as autonomous learners. We plan for all seven areas of learning as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Whilst following the curriculum, we also ensure that we plan according to the children’s individual needs and interests to deliver an all-encompassing learning experience.

Activities are available both inside the Nursery as well as in the outdoor area, which is open to access all year round. At Alfred Salter, we support outdoor play as a vital part of children’s overall development and, therefore, we encourage all children to access the outdoor area on a regular basis.

We welcome visits to our Nursery and are happy to provide any information that you might require.

 

Week commencing 09th December 2019

 

Please note that your child will begin to bring home their Oxford Reading Tree reading book as well as their yellow reading record. Books will be changed once a week until further notice. Please ensure that both reading record and book are in your child's book bag on a daily basis. Please also ensure that milk cartons and water bottles are NOT kept in book bags, as these could spill and damage the books. Thank you.

 

Dear Parents and Carers

Please find below information regarding this week's learning in Rainbow class.

 

Literacy/Phonics

This week's phonics focus areas are the following: Tuning into sounds. Rhythm and rhyme: to experience and appreciate rhythm and rhyme and to develop awareness of rhythm and rhyme in speech.

 

This week's focus text(s): a variety of Christmas stories, for example 'A Star So Bright', 'Tickly Christmas Wibbly Pig!', 'Merry Christmas Maisy' and 'Shhh!'

 

We always practise to sing a variety of alphabet songs and nursery rhymes, as well as other songs. We continue to enjoy singing the lovely songs that we sang during our Christmas carol concert.

 

Story books / traditional tales: 'Daisy and the Beastie', 'Chicken Licken', 'Hugless Douglas', 'The Ugly Duckling', 'The Smartest Giant in Town', 'The Three Little Pigs', 'This is Our House', 'The Gingerbread Man'

 

Task: Can you create a rhyming string with words ending in _at? Example: cat, rat, mat, hat, bat, flat.

 

Mathematics

This week we continue reciting number names from 0 to 10 and back, using our fingers for support, and join in with singing number songs. We practise to form numerals with our fingers in the air and to match numerals and quantity. Example: numeral 3 -  three strawberries, numeral 5 - five teddies. We also compare two groups of objects and say whether they have the same number of objects, more or fewer. Example: Sue has two pencils, Vanessa has four pencils. Sue has fewer pencils.

 

Number songs/rhymes: '1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once I Caught a Fish Alive', 'Five Little Ducks', 'Five Little Monkeys', 'Over in the Meadow'

 

Task: Share up to ten small toys with one of your parents. Do you both have the same amount? Who has more/fewer toys? Vary the way in which you share the toys. Example: Mummy gets six toys, you get four, or, Daddy gets five toys, you get five.

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Week commencing 02nd December 2019

 

Please note that your child will begin to bring home their Oxford Reading Tree reading book as well as their yellow reading record. Books will be changed once a week until further notice. Please ensure that both reading record and book are in your child's book bag on a daily basis. Please also ensure that milk cartons and water bottles are NOT kept in book bags, as these could spill and damage the books. Thank you.

 

Dear Parents and Carers

Please find below information regarding this week's learning in Rainbow class.

 

Literacy/Phonics

This week's phonics focus areas are the following: Talking about sounds. Voice sounds: to talk about the different sounds that we can make with our voices.

 

This week's focus text: 'This Is Our House' by Michael Rosen and Bob Graham, as well as texts that we will compare to it (similarities and differences): 'There's a Monster in My House', 'There's a Dragon at My School', 'Together', 'We Are Wearing Out the Naughty Step'.

 

We always practise to sing a variety of alphabet songs and nursery rhymes, as well as other songs. We have started practising the songs for our Christmas performance and are busy learning lots of new words and actions.

 

Story books / traditional tales: 'Little Rabbit Foo Foo', 'Giraffes Can't Dance', 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt', 'Daisy and the Moon'

 

Task: Can you dramatise your favourite animals' movements and sounds?

 

Mathematics

This week we continue reciting number names from 0 to 10 and back, using our fingers for support, and join in with singing number songs. We practise to raise our fingers behind our backs to help us match the spoken number to the number of fingers. We also practise moving and/or touching objects as we count them and remind ourselves of the rules for one-to-one counting: count every object just once, do not leave any objects out when counting.

 

Number songs/rhymes: 'Five Currant Buns', 'Five Little Firefighters', 'When I was One I sucked My Thumb', 'One, Two, Buckle My Shoe'

 

Task: Practise your counting skills by reciting number names up to 10 (or beyond), using your fingers for support, then count backwards, clapping your hands for each number name that you say.

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Week commencing 25th November 2019

 

Please note that your child will begin to bring home their Oxford Reading Tree reading book as well as their yellow reading record. Books will be changed once a week until further notice. Please ensure that both reading record and book are in your child's book bag on a daily basis. Please also ensure that milk cartons and water bottles are NOT kept in book bags, as these could spill and damage the books. Thank you.

 

Dear Parents and Carers

Please find below information regarding this week's learning in Rainbow class.

 

Literacy/Phonics

This week's phonics focus areas are the following: Listening and remembering sounds. Voice sounds: to explore speech sounds.

 

This week's focus text: 'This Is Our House' by Michael Rosen and Bob Graham

 

We always practise to sing a variety of alphabet songs and nursery rhymes, as well as other songs. We have started practising the songs for our Christmas performance and are busy learning lots of new words and actions.

 

Story books / traditional tales: 'There's a Monster in My House', 'There's a Dragon at My School', 'Together', 'Thelma the Unicorn', 'The Ugly Duckling' (texts about sharing and turn taking, following rules, being friends, being unique)

 

Task: Explore how many different noises you can make with your voice, e.g. low, high, quiet, loud, slow, fast, long, short.

 

Mathematics

This week we continue reciting number names from 0 to 10 and back, using our fingers for support, and join in with singing number songs. We remind ourselves of the 2D shapes that we have explored before (circle, triangle, quare, rectangle, hexagon) and talk about their properties. Example: A rectangle has four sides, two long ones and two short ones. We play 2D shape games on the interactive whiteboard and listen to and join in with 2D shape songs.

 

Number songs/rhymes: 'Five Little Ducks', 'Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer', 'Five Little Speckled Frogs', 'Five Little Firefighters', 'Five Currant Buns'

 

Task: Can you name your favourite 2D shape and explain why you like it best? Can you find your favourite shape in your home?

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Week commencing 18th November 2019

 

Please note that your child will begin to bring home their Oxford Reading Tree reading book as well as their yellow reading record. Books will be changed once a week until further notice. Please ensure that both reading record and book are in your child's book bag on a daily basis. Please also ensure that milk cartons and water bottles are NOT kept in book bags, as these could spill and damage the books. Thank you.

 

Dear Parents and Carers

Please find below information regarding this week's learning in Rainbow class.

 

Literacy/Phonics

This week's phonics focus areas are the following: Tuning into sounds. Voice sounds: to distinguish between the differences in vocal sounds, including oral blending and segmenting.

 

This week's focus text: 'This Is Our House' by Michael Rosen and Bob Graham

 

We always practise to sing a variety of alphabet songs and nursery rhymes, as well as other songs. We have started practising the songs for our Christmas performance and are busy learning lots of new words and actions.

 

Story books / traditional tales: 'Giraffes Can't Dance', 'Hugless Douglas', 'A Squash and a Sqeeze', 'Daisy and the Beastie'

 

Task: Explore what kinds of sounds the following animals make: elephant, hen, monkey, horse, pig. Can you think of more animal noises that you could practise?

 

Mathematics

This week we continue reciting number names from 0 to 10 and back, using our fingers for support, and join in with singing number songs. We revisit the concept of 'tens frames' and explore our own tens frames and counters, both inside the Nursery as well as in the Nursery garden. We continue to play tens frame games on the interactive whiteboard as well as a variety of counting games that help us to count up to ten (or more) objects with one-to-one correspondence. We also practise matching numerals and quantities correctly, e.g. number 5 - five counters, and explore number problesms using our tens frames. Example: We have four counters, how many more do we need to make five?

 

Number songs/rhymes: 'One, Two, Buckle My Shoe', '1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once There Was a Fish Alive', Number One...', 'When I Was One I Sucked My Thumb', 'Five Currant Buns'

 

Task: Can you count up to ten (or beyond) objects with 1:1 correspondence? Can you remember the rules that we follow when counting objects? (Rule 1: Do not miss any out. Rule 2: Count each object just once.)

 

(You can find a blank tens frame template at the bottom of this web page.)

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Friday 15th November 2019

 

Recently we read the story book 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes'. Today we cooked and sampled our own delicious pancakes. This is the recipe that we used:

 

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon syrup or sugar (optional)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

1 cup milk (of your choice)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon vanilla

 

 

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Week commencing 11th November 2019

 

Please note that your child will begin to bring home their Oxford Reading Tree reading book as well as their yellow reading record. Books will be changed once a week until further notice. Please ensure that both reading record and book are in your child's book bag on a daily basis. Please also ensure that milk cartons and water bottles are NOT kept in book bags, as these could spill and damage the books. Thank you.

 

Dear Parents and Carers

Please find below information regarding this week's learning in Rainbow class.

 

Literacy/Phonics

This week's phonics focus areas are the following: Listening and remembering sounds. Rhythm and rhyme: to talk about words that rhyme and to produce rhyming words.

 

This week's focus text: We continue to learn about 'The Three Little Pigs', as well as alternative story versions: 'The Three Little Pigs and the New Neighbour', 'Blow Your Nose, Big Bad Wolf', 'Is that You, Wolf?', 'What's the Tome Little Wolf?', 'The True Story of the Three Little Pigs'

 

We always practise to sing a variety of alphabet songs and nursery rhymes, as well as other songs. We have started practising the songs for our Christmas performance and are busy learning lots of new words and actions.

 

Story books / traditional tales: 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt', 'Little Rabbit Foo Foo', 'A Squash and a Squeeze', 'The Smartest Giant in Town', 'Aliens Love Underpants'

 

Task: Find the 'odd one out': House, mouse, cat. Which two words rhyme, and which one is the 'odd one out'? Ask an adult to make up some more for you to practise your rhyming skills.

 

Mathematics

This week we continue reciting number names from 0 to 10 and back, using our fingers for support, and join in with singing number songs. We introduce the concept of 'tens frames' and explore our own tens frames and counters, both inside the Nursery as well as in the Nursery garden. We play tens frame games on the interactive whiteboard as well as a variety of counting games that help us to count up to ten (or more) objects with one-to-one correspondence.

 

Number songs/rhymes: 'Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer', 'Five Currant Buns', 'Five Little Speckled Frogs', 'Five Little Firefighters', 'When I was One...'

 

Task: Can you make/draw your own tens frame and explore how to place counters in different ways?

(You can find a blank tens frame template at the bottom of this web page.)

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Week commencing 04th November 2019

 

Please note that your child will begin to bring home their Oxford Reading Tree reading book as well as their yellow reading record. Books will be changed once a week until further notice. Please ensure that both reading record and book are in your child's book bag on a daily basis. Please also ensure that milk cartons and water bottles are NOT kept in book bags, as these could spill and damage the books. Thank you.

 

Dear Parents and Carers

Please find below information regarding this week's learning in Rainbow class.

 

Literacy/Phonics

This week's phonics focus areas are the following: Listening and remembering sounds. Rhythm and rhyme: to increase awareness of words that rhyme and to develop knowledge about rhyme.

 

This week's focus text: We continue to learn about 'The Three Little Pigs', as well as alternative story versions: 'The Three Little Pigs and the New Neighbour', 'Blow Your Nose, Big Bad Wolf', 'Is that You, Wolf?', 'What's the Tome Little Wolf?', 'The True Story of the Three Little Pigs'

 

We always practise to sing a variety of alphabet songs and nursery rhymes, as well as other songs. We currently enjoy singing the following: 'Auntie Monica', 'Great Big Buffalo', 'When I Was One I Sucked My Thumb', 'Little Mousie Brown', 'Paintbox (Cauliflowers Fluffy)'

 

Story books / traditional tales: 'Giraffes Can't Dance', 'This is Our House', 'Daisy and the Beastie', 'Aliens Love Underpants', 'Little Rabbit Foo Foo'

 

Task: Can you find words that rhyme with the following ones: cat (bat), hen (pen), wig (pig), hot (pot), rug (bug)? Can you make up your own rhyming pairs (e.g. lock-sock, box-fox, car-jar)?

 

Mathematics

This week we continue reciting number names from 0 to 10 and back, using our fingers for support, and join in with singing number songs. We name and describe a variety of 2D shapes (circle, triangle, square, rectangle, hexagon) and make shape pictures using magnetic shapes. We read shape books, e.g. 'All Sorts of Shapes', and explore shapes in our Nursery environment. We talk about the shapes of everyday objects, such as wooden blocks, books and trains, and play shape games on the Interactive Whiteboard.

 

Number songs/rhymes: 'This Old Man He Played One', 'One Man Went to Mow', 'Ten in the Bed', 'The Animals Went in Two by Two', 'Five Little Firefighters'

 

Task: How many circles (triangles, squares, rectangles, hexagons) can you find in your home?

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Week commencing 28th October 2019

 

Please note that your child will begin to bring home their Oxford Reading Tree reading book as well as their yellow reading record. Books will be changed once a week until further notice. Please ensure that both reading record and book are in your child's book bag on a daily basis. Please also ensure that milk cartons and water bottles are NOT kept in book bags, as these could spill and damage the books. Thank you.

 

Dear Parents and Carers

Please find below information regarding this week's learning in Rainbow class.

 

Literacy/Phonics

This week's phonics focus areas are the following: Tuning into sounds. Rhythm and rhyme: to experience and appreciate rhythm and rhyme and to develop awareness of rhythm and rhyme in speech. Example: playing rhyming games (cat-bat, pen-hen, pig-wig, pot-hot, bug-rug).

 

This week's focus text: 'The Three Little Pigs', as well as alternative story versions: 'The Three Little Pigs and the New Neighbour', 'Blow Your Nose, Big Bad Wolf', 'Is that You, Wolf?', 'What's the Tome Little Wolf?', 'The True Story of the Three Little Pigs'

 

We continue to sing a variety of alphabet songs and nursery rhymes. We have recently begun to learn the following: 'A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea', 'I'm a Little Teapot', 'Round and Round the Garden', 'Miss Polly Had a Dolly'

 

Story books / traditional tales: 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff', 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears', 'Rumpelstiltskin'

 

Task: Can you form a rhyming string? Example: cat-bat-hat-rat-pat

 

Mathematics

This week we continue reciting number names from 0 to 10 and back, using our fingers for support, and join in with singing number songs. We practise counting objects, such as cubes, blocks and toy animals, with one-to-one correspondence and try to spot when the adult makes deliberate mistakes, then model how to do it correctly. We compare two groups of objects and keep adjusting the amounts until both groups have the same number. We also practise matching numeral and quantity using dice and number cards. Example: roll the die, count the dot(s), then find the matching number card.

 

Number songs/rhymes: 'Numbers Rumba', 'Five Currant Buns', 'Five Little Men', 'Five Little Ducks', 'Five Little Firefighters'

 

Task: Can you make your own counting game using dice (one die or two dice as a challenge) and blocks/counters/any small objects/toys? Roll your die/dice, count the dots, then count out the matching number of objects.

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Week commencing 14th October 2019

 

Dear Parents and Carers

Please find below information regarding this week's learning in Rainbow class.

 

Literacy/Phonics

This week's phonics focus areas are the following: Tuning into sounds; Listening and remembering sounds; Talking about sounds. General sound discrimination - body percussion: to develop awareness of sounds and rhythms; to distinguish between sounds and to remember patterns of sound; to talk about sounds we make with our bodies and what the sounds mean. Example: When I laugh, I feel happy.

 

This week's focus text: 'Once There Were Giants' by Martin Waddell, as well as other story books about families: 'Sam Starts School', 'My Daddy is a Giant', 'Titch'

 

We continue to sing a variety of alphabet songs and nursery rhymes. We have recently begun to learn the following: 'A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea', 'I'm a Little Teapot', 'Round and Round the Garden', 'Miss Polly Had a Dolly'

 

Story books / traditional tales: 'Kipper', 'Each Peach Pear Plum', 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea', 'Monkey Puzzle', 'We Love You, Hugless Douglas'

 

Task: Can you create a pattern using body percussion? Example: Clap your hands twice, followed by stamp your foot once, then repeat.

 

Mathematics

This week we continue reciting number names from 0 to 10 and back, using our fingers for support, and join in with singing number songs. We practise counting objects, such as cubes, blocks and toy animals, with one-to-one correspondence and try to spot when the adult makes deliberate mistakes, then model how to do it correctly. We explore the idea that everything can be counted, not just objects, such as steps, claps and jumps (counting actions), and practise writing numerals in the air, using our index finger, as well as on the interactive whiteboard. We also practise matching numerals and quantities correctly. Example: Number 1, one cube; number 2, two cubes, etc.

 

Number songs/rhymes: 'Numbers Rumba', 'Five Currant Buns', 'Five Little Men', 'Five Little Ducks', 'Number One...'

 

Task: Can you make your own number line from 1 to 5 (or above if you can) using blocks/counters/any small objects/toys? Example: One counter, then two counters followed by three counters, etc.

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Week commencing 07th October 2019

 

Dear Parents and Carers

Please find below information regarding this week's learning in Rainbow class.

 

Literacy/Phonics

This week's phonics focus areas are the following: General sound discrimination - instrumental sounds: to experience and develop awareness of sounds made with instruments and noise makers; to listen to and appreciate the difference between sounds made with instruments.

 

This week's focus text: 'Once There Were Giants' by Martin Waddell, as well as other story books about families: 'Bad Baby, Good Baby', 'The Bumb', 'My Mum'.

 

We continue to sing a variety of alphabet songs and nursery rhymes.

 

Story books / traditional tales: 'Monkey Puzzle', 'Come On, Daisy!', 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea', 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', 'Brown Bear Brown Bear', 'Sleeping Beauty', 'The Princess and the Frog', 'Hansel and Gretel', 'Chicken Licken', 'Cinderella'

 

Task: Can you tap out a steady rhythm using two sticks (e.g. wooden spoons, pencils, sticks you find in the park)?

 

Mathematics

This week we continue reciting number names from 0 to 10 and back, using our fingers for support, and join in with singing number songs. We practise counting objects, such as cubes, blocks and toy animals, with one-to-one correspondence and use number cards to recognise numerals 0 to 10. We also separate groups of three or four objects in different ways, then check the total by counting.

 

Number songs/rhymes: 'Three Blind Mice', 'Five Little Pussy Cats', 'One, Two, Buckle My Shoe', 'Five Currant Buns'

 

Task: Explore in how many ways you can separate a group of four (or more!) objects, e.g. pebbles, blocks, cars or toy animals. Example: 'Two blocks for me, and two blocks for mummy/daddy.' Now check the total by counting all.

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Week commencing 30th September 2019

 

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you to all of you who have already brought in a baby photo of your child. If you have not done so already, we would be grateful if you could bring in a photo at your earliest convenience. The children enjoy looking at our display board and talking about it to their friends.

 

Literacy/Phonics

This week we begin to work on our early phonics skills. Our focus areas are the following: Tuning into sounds - develop children's listening skills and awareness of sounds in the environment; listening and remembering sounds - further development of vocabulary and children's identification and recollection of the difference between sounds (sound stories).

 

This week's focus text: 'Once There Were Giants' by Martin Waddell

 

We continue to sing a variety of alphabet songs and nursery rhymes.

 

Story books / traditional tales: Each Peach Pear Plum, Kipper, Owl Babies, Monkey Puzzle, We Love You Hugless Douglas, The Gingerbread Man, The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Elves and the Shoemaker

 

Task: What sounds can you hear on your way to school?

 

Mathematics

This week we continue reciting number names from 0 to 10 and back, using our fingers for support, and join in with singing number and shape songs. We learn about a variety of 2D shapes and their properties (e.g. a triangle has three sides and three corners) and explore where we can see shapes in our learning environment.

 

Shapes: circle, triangle, square, rectangle, hexagon

 

Number songs: Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer, Five Little Speckled Frogs, Five Currant Buns, Five Little Ducks, Numbers Rumba

 

Task: Can you find and name shapes in your home and on the way to school?

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Week commencing 23rd September 2019

 

Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you for supporting us in making your child's start in Nursery a positive one and enabling us to swiftly establish our daily routines.

 

Literacy/Phonics

This week we continue working on our listening and attention skills, singing nursery rhymes and joining in with a range of stories and songs.

 

Nursery rhymes: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Incy Wincy Spider, Humpty Dumpty, I Had a Little Nut Tree, The Grand Old Duke of York, Hot Cross Buns, Hickory Dickory Dock, Pussy Cat Pussy Cat, Jack and Jill

 

Story books: Brown Bear Brown Bear, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Kipper, Monkey Puzzle, Pants, The Elves and the Shoemaker

 

Task: Can you name some of the characters from this week's stories? Which ones are your favourites?

 

Mathematics

This week we continue reciting number names from 0 to 10 and back, using our fingers for support. We practise writing numerals in the air and using number cards to identify and name numerals 0 to 10. We also join in with singing number songs, read stories relating to numbers and counting, and explore counting with one-to-one correspondence.

 

Number songs: Number One..., 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive, Five Little Ducks, Five Little Speckled Frogs

 

Number story books: Over in the Meadow

 

Task: Can you find and name numbers in your home and on the way to school?

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Week commencing 16th September 2019

 

Dear Parents and Carers

We like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your children to Alfred Salter Nursery. Our class name is 'Rainbow' class, and our focus for this week is to support all of our pupils in settling in and becoming familiar with our daily routine.

 

Literacy/Phonics

This week we are working on our listening and attention skills, singing nursery rhymes and joining in with a range of stories and songs.

 

Nursery rhymes: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Incy Wincy Spider, Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, Old King Cole, Lavender's Blue, Hickory Dickory Dock, Pussy Cat Pussy Cat, Ring-a-Ring O' Roses

 

Story books: Owl Babies, Come on Daisy

 

Task: Can you draw a picture of the owl babies?

 

Mathematics

This week we are practising reciting number names from 0 to 10 and back, using our fingers for support. We also join in with singing number songs, read stories relating to numbers and counting, and explore counting with one-to-one correspondence.

 

Number songs: Five Little Speckled Frogs, Five Currant Buns, Five Little Ducks

 

Number story books: Ten in the Bed, Over in the Meadow

 

Task: Can you count to 10 and back, using your fingers for support?

 

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