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Welcome to Year 5! We are really looking forward to an exciting year ahead working with all of you.

We will be using the blog to keep you updated on what we have been doing in class and school. This is also a place where you will be able to find information such as any school trips and/or upcoming events.

For more information please come and speak to myself or any member of staff. We are always there to help with any queries.

Many thanks,
Mrs Downey and Miss Cuff

Teacher: Mrs Downey and Miss Cuff

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Pattison

Week beginning 6.1.20

English
This week we have started reading Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. We have summarised the chapters that we have read so far and identified descriptions of the main character. We have also focused on how the character is feeling and used this to find synonyms and powerful emotive language to use in our own diary entries.

Maths
In maths we have continued to work on area and perimeter of regular, compound and irregular shapes. We have recognised the formula to calculate both the area and perimeter, and we have used our times table knowledge for calculations.

Topic
In topic this week we have explored our new topic, ‘Rivers’. We have asked our own questions about the topic and identified what we want to learn this term. We have also done some initial research using the iPads, as well as used Google Earth to identify rivers in the UK and locate different counties in the country.
In P.E. we have continued our gymnastics unit and practiced different jumps and leaps. We have discussed how to take off and land safely and practiced good form. In ICT, we have started to learn about databases, including why and how information is stored in different ways. We used a database to find information quickly.

 

Week beginning 16.12.19

What a fantastic week we have had in Year 5!

To finish off the term, we have done lots of Christmas activities. On Wednesday, we went to St Michaels church to sing Christmas songs and listen to the nativity story. Year 5 sang Mary’s Boy Child brilliantly, well done everyone! On Thursday, we had our Christmas party with Year 6 and enjoyed dancing, party games and food throughout the afternoon. On Friday, we came to school in our pyjamas and we brought in our cuddly toys for a film day. We also had lots of fun playing Just Dance too!

Well done Year 5 for working incredibly hard this term and for your impeccable behaviour. We are very proud of you! Have a great Christmas and a lovely New Year – I cant wait to hear all about it! Stay safe and have a wonderful time!  

Reminders

  •  School resumes on Monday, 6th January 2020.
  •  Our next topic is going to be ‘Rivers’.
  • PE is on a Monday – please ensure your child has a full kit in order to take part in the session.

Week beginning 9.12.19

Here are some pictures from our ice skating session from last weeks trip!

English
This week we have created our own creatures that live on Pandora. We have then continued to use formal and technical language to begin our own non-chronological reports about them. We have tried to include prepositions, relative clauses, adverbials and more devices to help us write factual reports.

Maths
In maths this week, Year 5 have finished multiplication and division by 10, 100 and 1000 and have started to focus on multiplying by multiples of 10, 100 and 1000. We have used our knowledge of multiplication facts to calculate related facts, for example, if we know 3 x 2, we can work out 3 x 20, 3 x 200 and 3 x 2000. 

Topic
In topic, we have continued gymnastics in P.E and Christmas themes in R.E. We have also continued our French learning and had lots of fun remembering different body parts! We enjoyed singing ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’ in French and testing our friends with their knowledge. This week we have also made our calendars and Christmas cards, ready to take home next week.

 

Reminders

  •  The Year 5/Year 6 Christmas party will be on Thursday, 19th December during school time. You should have received a letter requesting food items to bring along. 
  •  Year 5 can come into school in their pyjamas on Friday 20th December as part of their reward for filling their reward basket with gems. They can also bring a toy to school. 
  • PE will now be on a Monday – please ensure your child has a full kit in order to take part in the session.

 

 

Week beginning 2.12.19


What a busy week at Burnside!

English
In English, we have started looking non-chronological reports and our focus text, Pandora. We have watched the clip and read the report about Pandora before identifying relative and subordinate clauses and writing our own introduction about the fictional planet.

Maths
In maths, we have continued to multiply numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 and we have started to use division to divide by 10, 100 and 1000 which we will continue into next week.

On Monday, Year 5 went on their class trip to the Centre for Life as part of our ‘Earth and Space’ topic learning. We had a fantastic time taking part in a Neil Armstrong workshop to start off our day. We had to work in teams to make rockets and carry out an investigation to see which angle makes the rocket travel the furthest. We also had some time to look around the Space Zone before going ice skating. Well done Year 5 for being brave and giving it a go! After ice skating, we had our lunch and then went to watch a show. The show included us voting to see exciting science! Then we ended the day by visiting the planetarium for an interesting show about the solar system.

On Wednesday, the whole school enjoyed a trip to the Customs House to watch the Snow White pantomime. 

On Thursday, we prepared our Christmas Fayre items. We had fun making baubles and placements (and a glittery mess!) and we are looking forward to selling them at the Fayre on Friday, 6th December 2019 at 3:15pm.

Reminders

  • The Christmas Fayre is on the afternoon of Friday, 6th December 2019 and 3:15pm.
  • PE will now be on a Monday – please ensure your child has a full kit in order to take part in the session.
  • Please complete Homework Projects linked to the Earth and Space topic as these make a wonderful display in the classroom – a dip from the trolley will be given for each project returned.

 

Week beginning 25.11.19

English

This week we have edited our stories linked ‘Fortunately, the milk!’ We have also planned and written a transform text, which was a diary entry from the point of view of the object or food. Lots of children wrote some very funny diary entries! We ended the week by starting our next unit on non-chronological reports and we are beginning to identify features of these text types.

Maths
In Maths, we have learned about square numbers and cube numbers. We have used arrays and multi-link cubes to help us visually and practically creating squares and cubes before using written methods. We have also started to practise multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000 using place value grids.

Topic
This week in topic we have done some research on the planets in the solar system to create a fact file. We also started learning about the names of body parts in French, and we tried to come up with songs to help us remember them!
In art, we have practised colour mixing by learning about the different colours in the colour wheel, as well as learning about primary and secondary colours. In ICT we explored our new application on Purple Mash to create 3D objects with patterns. We have also started learning our Christmas song for our church visit and continued creating our Christmas fayre items, which we will finish next week.

Reminders

  •  Our class trip to the Centre for Life is on Monday, 2nd December 2019. Please make sure your slip and money has been handed in so your child can attend. 
  •  The whole school will be going to the Snow White pantomime on Wednesday, 4th December 2019.
  •  The Christmas Fayre is on the afternoon of Friday, 6th December 2019.
  • PE will now be on a Monday – please ensure your child has a full kit in order to take part in the session.
  • Please complete Homework Projects linked to the Earth and Space topic as these make a wonderful display in the classroom – a dip from the trolley will be given for each project returned.

Week beginning 18.11.19

English

This week we have written our stories in the style of Neil Gaiman linked to his story ‘Fortunately, the milk!’ The children have been super creative with their own versions. We have had ‘Fortunately, the toothpaste!’ ‘Fortunately, the balloons!’ And many more wonderful titles. The children have also worked hard to complete reading assessments – well done year 5!

Maths

In maths, we have completed a range of assessments and we are very proud of the effort the children have put in all week !

Topic

This week we have continued our learning in Science. We carried out an investigation about whether gravity has a greater effect on heavier or lighter objects. We discussed our predictions, variables and how to make carry out a fair test, before dropping objects of different weights from the same height to observe which landed first. We found out that they land at the same time! We have also learned about why we have day and night, based on the rotation of the earth.

In R.E, we read Luke and Matthew’s versions of the nativity story and made comparisons before linking it to our lives. We have also had a visit from the NSPCC and we discussed what we can do if we are concerned about anything.

In art, we were introduced to a new artist, Peter Thorpe. We talked about the materials he used in his abstract paintings and how he created his artwork. In the coming weeks we will be creating our own space themed artwork in the style of Peter Thorpe.

Awards
Head Teacher: Alfie W for being an outstanding role-model
Maths: Katie L for a good understanding of prime numbers 
English: Molly W for fantastic story 
Pen Licence: None for this week! Keep practising year 5

Reminders

  •  PE will now be on a Monday – please ensure your child has a full kit in order to take part in the session.

Week beginning 11.11.19

English

This week we have created a story plan, in order to write our version of ‘Fortunately, the Milk!’ The children have chosen an object to replace the milk and changed the characters and settings. In reading we have read a space poem and looked at figurative language and how the writer uses this technique to add detail and description. We will be adding this into our own stories next week!

Maths

In maths, we have investigated factors and prime numbers. The children have made True or False statements about numbers and had to prove it  in their recordings and use know facts to support their thinking. We have worked hard to ensure we are accurate in our explanations!

Topic
This week we have continued our Science learning all about Earth and Space. We started the week by revisiting evidence and using it to discuss, prove or refute ideas to work scientifically. We also investigated the effect of gravity on objects by using Newton metres to measure the mass and weight of objects. In science we have also learned about the movement of the Earth and we discovered that it moves in two different ways – it rotates on its axis and it also revolves around the sun. We also learned about the movement of the moon, which orbits the Earth. We were able to take turns to act out the movement of the Earth, sun and the moon and we had lots of fun!

On Wednesday, we continued and started to finish our paper mache planets and started to paint them. We also took part in a Hoopstarz session, in which we really enjoyed learning new skills and tricks using hula hoops. On Thursday, we did P.E and I.C.T, which involved gymnastics and modelling on Purple Mash. It was also Children in Need day at school, so the children enjoyed coming into school dressed in non-uniform or their Pudsey Bear items.

On Friday, we carried on learning about Christmas. We talked about the theme of love and why love is important to Christian’s at Christmas time. We considered how we can show love and acts of kindness before acting them out. We also used our PSHCE time to think about e-safety, including how to create and store safe passwords and why they are important.
This week was Anti-Bullying week and on Tuesday we had an Odd Socks day to raise awareness. In PSHCE we have talked about bullying and we made pledges to stop and prevent bullying. We also made storyboards showing how to stop bullying.

Reminders:
On Friday 22nd November 2019, Year 5 will be at a trampolining event from 12:30pm until 3:25pm. Children should bring a full P.E kit, including black shorts, a white t-shirt and appropriate footwear. The children must  wear white socks for the event.

Week beginning 4.11.19

English
This week have started our new class novel ‘Fortunately, the milk.’ The children are really enjoying it so far as it is funny and a little bit silly. The main theme of our writing this half term is to add humour so this has given them some great ideas to get started! We have also explored the purpose and audience within texts and discussed why authors write particular books.

Maths
In maths this week, we have read a variety of timetables (train, swimming and bus to name a few!) and answered a range of questions. We have also been learning how to identify multiples and factors which links to multiplication and division.

Topic
This week we have enjoyed diving into our Earth and Space topic! We have focused on Science and have talked about what we know, what we want to know and what we can find out. We used topic books and iPads to do some initial research. We also looked at scientific evidence to suggest that the earth is spherical and evidence to suggest that it is flat and came to our own conclusions using the evidence we were given. On Wednesday, we started creating paper mache planets to support our learning and to put on display.
In RE, we have started our new topic all about Christmas. This half term we will be focusing on the theme of Christmas and the true meaning of the celebration and how Christian’s celebrate the festive period. In P.E we have played warm up and team games before we move on to gymnastics next week.

This week we have discussed Remembrance Sunday and the significance of the poppy. We have created our own poppy wreath along with the rest of Burnside Academy.

Awards
Head Teacher: James T for being an excellent role-model
Maths: Lucas C for a good understanding of multiples and factors
English: Sasha C for good examples of expanded noun phrases
Pen Licence: Grace H, Alifie W, Molly W and Sophie H

Reminders

  •  Parents Evenings are on Monday 11th November and Tuesday 12th November 2019. If you handed in your slip and haven’t received a time, please let us know as soon as possible. Also, if you haven’t handed in a slip but would like to attend, please see us to arrange a time.
  • Homework: Spellings given out on a Monday and tested the following Monday and English/Maths homework given on a Wednesday and to be returned the following Monday.
  • Books are changed once they are returned with rewards given for every 10 stamps received.
  • Please complete Homework Projects linked to the topic as these make a wonderful display in the classroom – a dip from the trolley will be given for each project returned. Thank you for all the amazing projects so far – they have made a fantastic display.
  • PE is on a Thursday

 

Week beginning 21.10.19

English

This week we have written our newspaper reports which included details of how Thespina defeated the evil Scrorpidon linked to Greek myths. The newspaper reports included some super reporting language – I can see many of the children becoming roving reporters in the future! 

Maths

In maths we have been learning how to read a variety of tables. We looked at how and when you would read tables in our every day lives. We can now confidently interpret a range of tables and give reasons for and prove our answers -which is a very important skill in maths.

Topic

This week in topic we have focused on French, music, I.C.T, P.E and R.E.

To start the week, we thought back to making our Greek salads and we evaluated them. We discussed and talked about what went well, what was challenging and how we would change it if we were to do it again.

In French, we started to learn the names of foods in French. We repeated and made actions to help us remember them. Then, we started to give our opinions of different foods using ‘I like’ and ‘I don’t like.’ In music we listened and appraised Johnny B Goode as part of our rock music unit, and we also practised singing Living on a Prayer. In ICT we started to type up our newspaper reports in the correct format and layout.

In P.E we completed activities to practise our jumping, running and throwing skills that we have developed over the past half term. In R.E we talked about harvest and how Christian’s celebrate it, and we considered how we give at harvest time.

On Friday we dressed up for Halloween day!

Have a relaxing and safe half term holiday, Year 5!

 

Week beginning 14.10.19

English

In English this week we have continued to look at newspaper reports – the main focus being to identify between fact and opinion. Following this, we  became news reporters and orally rehearsed our ideas before we write our own next week. We had some excellent reporters who included many of the features we have learned so far. In guided reading, we have read a news report and looked at formal language within the text and then answered a range of questions.

Maths

This week we have been learning about statistics – reading and drawing line graphs. We have used our skills and knowledge of how to navigate a line graph to answer a range of questions.

Topic

In D&T this week we have continued to learn about where food comes from and seasonality of different foods. We have also talked about having a healthy and varied diet and we were able to sort foods into their food groups before talking about how we try to have a balanced diet in our own everyday life. We had a taste test on Monday, so we could try the ingredients in a Greek salad. On Friday, we enjoyed making our own Greek salads in groups! Well done Year 5 for being so mature and sensible!

In P.E this week, we practised our throwing skills. We practised different types of throwing techniques, before taking part in activities to improve our accuracy. This included throwing a beanbag to cones at various distances. We really enjoyed our final task of throwing the beanbag into a cone.

In PSHCE we enjoyed a discussion about how to care for others. We talked about how we can show that we care and we made posters about our ideas. We liked talking about how we have shown that we care in our own lives.

In ICT this week we have started to create our own game using timers and scoreboards. In RE we have learnt a story about St Aiden, one of the Northern Saints, and thought about why he was considered a saint. In music, we have continued our learning about rock music and using musical vocabulary to listen, appraise and compare to previous songs. 

Awards

Headteacher Award: Grace H for always making good choices

English Award:  Lilly G for amazing reporting style

Maths Award: Millie R for excellent line graph work

 Reminders

  • Homework: Spellings given out on a Monday and tested the following Monday and English/Maths homework given on a Wednesday and to be returned the following Monday.
  • Books are changed once they are returned with rewards given for every 10 stamps received.
  • Please complete Homework Projects linked to the topic as these make a wonderful display in the classroom – a dip from the trolley will be given for each project returned. Thank you for all the amazing projects so far – they have made a fantastic display.
  • PE is on a Thursday

Week beginning 7.10.19

English

This week, we have looked at newspaper reports. We analysed the reports and made a list of the main features. We have also used reporting style language and created sentences as  news reporters. In guided reading, we have read ‘The Graveyard’ which has a spooky theme and is full of mystery and atmosphere. We have enjoyed reading the story and exploring the challenging vocabulary.

Maths

This week, we have focused upon subtraction and have used a range of resources to support our thinking. We have practised and mastered column subtraction to enable us to answer a range of questions.

Topic

In Science this week, we have been learning about pulleys, levers and gears. We have looked at how these are used in mechanisms to make everyday tasks easier. We have used our knowledge of forces to explain how they make things easier, for example, using a pulley for window blinds.

In PSHCE this week, we have focused on compromise. Throughout this half term we have learned about how we make a great team and which skills and factors we need to consider when working together. This week, we had to compromise in many scenarios and discussed why it is important when we have disagreements.

In P.E we have used our endurance running and sprinting skills in different races. We enjoyed taking part in different races and noticing the changes in our bodies before and after we did them. In ICT this week, we have continued to using coding vocabulary to explain the commands and actions that take place in a program.

In R.E this week, we have talked about the importance of giving. We have used the lives of the northern saints and Jesus to discuss why it is important to give. We have also considered how we give to others by discussing charities and how we personally give to others through compassion and friendship.

In D&T this week, we have discussed the importance of a healthy and varied diet. We have also started to look at Greek salads and which ingredients they have. We have started to think about seasonality and where our food comes from.

Awards

Headteacher Award: Katie L for being a year 5 superstar.

English Award:  Isabelle H for fantastic use of formal language.

Maths Award: Amira F for having perseverance to overcome a tricky concept.

 Reminders

  • Homework: Spellings given out on a Monday and tested the following Monday and English/Maths homework given on a Wednesday and to be returned the following Monday.
  • Books are changed once they are returned with rewards given for every 10 stamps received.
  • Please complete Homework Projects linked to the topic as these make a wonderful display in the classroom – a dip from the trolley will be given for each project returned.
  • PE is on a Thursday

Week beginning 30.9.19

English

This week, we have written our own 5 part story based on the Greek myth ‘Thespina and the Scorpidon’. Before we wrote our story, we acted it out and became amazing actors and actresses! Mrs Downey said we should be nominated for an Oscar!  In our writing, we included some excellent characterisation and descriptive vocabulary. In guided reading, we have read a Greek myth and used our skills to improve the vocabulary within the text.

Maths

This week, we have been adding with numbers up to 10,000. We have used a range of resources to support our thinking when solving problems. We looked at ‘True and False’ statements within a calculation and we became the teacher in order to identify when and why errors had been made.

Topic

This week Year 5 completed their History learning by storyboarding and retelling the story of the Trojan War. We watched videos and reread the story to help us.

We started our Science learning this week by learning all about forces. We have really enjoyed talking about different forces and how they act on objects. We have also enjoyed planning and carrying out an investigation that tested the effects of air resistance. We wanted to know if the size of a parachute would affect the effectiveness of air resistance. I was very impressed to hear many children use scientific vocabulary to explain their predictions and what they had found out. Well done Year 5!

In RE we have continued learning about Northern Saints and we looked at St Cuthbert in particular. We have learnt why he is remembered and we considered what we would like to be remembered for.

In PSHCE, we have started to work on building our self-esteem and confidence by discussing what we like about ourselves and other people. We were able to circle what we like about ourselves, then let our friends write comments about what they like about us.

This week, we have started our music topic ‘Living on a Prayer’ and we have listened and appraised the piece of music. We focused on vocabulary such as tempo and pace, and we enjoyed starting to learn the song.

Awards

Headteacher Award: Tilly S for being a valued member of Year 5.

English Award:  Amira F for beautifully presented work.

Maths Award: Alfie W for being an addition mathematician.

 Reminders

  • Homework: Spellings given out on a Monday and tested the following Monday and English/Maths homework given on a Wednesday and to be returned the following Monday.
  • Books are changed once they are returned with rewards given for every 10 stamps received.
  • Please complete Homework Projects linked to the topic as these make a wonderful display in the classroom – a dip from the trolley will be given for each project returned.
  • PE is on a Thursday

Week beginning 23.9.19

English

In English this week, we have continued with the theme of Greek myths. In guided reading, we have read a Greek poem and used our inference skills to gather evidence and answer questions. We have written a character description and used the technique of showing characters actions and body response rather than simply telling the reader how they feel. 

Maths

This week we have been maths superstars by working with numbers and exploring the place value of digits with values all the way to 1,000,000! We have also investigated negative numbers to see which values have the highest value.

Topic

This week Year 5 completed their History learning by storyboarding and retelling the story of the Trojan War. We watched videos and reread the story to help us.

We started our Science learning this week by learning all about forces. We have really enjoyed talking about different forces and how they act on objects. We have also enjoyed planning and carrying out an investigation that tested the effects of air resistance. We wanted to know if the size of a parachute would affect the effectiveness of air resistance. I was very impressed to hear many children use scientific vocabulary to explain their predictions and what they had found out. Well done Year 5!

In RE we have continued learning about Northern Saints and we looked at St Cuthbert in particular. We have learnt why he is remembered and we considered what we would like to be remembered for.

In PSHCE, we have started to work on building our self-esteem and confidence by discussing what we like about ourselves and other people. We were able to circle what we like about ourselves, then let our friends write comments about what they like about us.

This week, we have started our music topic ‘Living on a Prayer’ and we have listened and appraised the piece of music. We focused on vocabulary such as tempo and pace, and we enjoyed starting to learn the song.

Awards

Headteacher Award: Sophie H for being a super role model.

English Award: Lacie C for super descriptive sentences.

Maths Award: James T for excellent understanding this week.

 Reminders

  • Homework: Spellings given out on a Monday and tested the following Monday and English/Maths homework given on a Wednesday and to be returned the following Monday.
  • Books are changed once they are returned with rewards given for every 10 stamps received.
  • Please complete Homework Projects linked to the topic as these make a wonderful display in the classroom – a dip from the trolley will be given for each project returned.
  • PE is on a Thursday

Week beginning 16th September 2019

 

 

English

In English this week, we have read  mythical settings and gathered some amazing descriptive vocabulary in order to write sentences. We have also looked at how to open sentences in a variety of ways using fronted adverbial and conjunctions.

Maths

This week we have continued to explore the place value of digits with the value up to 10,000. In particular, we have been adding and subtracting in powers of 10, 100, 1,00 and 10,000. On Thursday we took part in a maths ‘Escape Room’ challenge – as you can see from the photographs, we were very excited and completed all the challenges!

Topic

This week we have continued our learning all about Ancient Greece. We have written fantastic diary entries from the point of view of an Athenian solider in the Battle of Marathon. We have also used a range of sources, including images, artefacts, books and the internet to find information about Ancient Greece, then we presented it in different ways. They ranged from news segments, interviews, posters and non-chronological reports. Year 5 have also found information about Greek Gods and Goddesses, as well as start to learn about The Trojan War.

In P.E this week, we went outside to play dodgeball, practising our throwing skills and having lots of fun at the same time. In ICT, we have continued to learn about coding and we had a go at trying to make our own simple program. In PSHE, we considered what makes a good team and thought about our own roles within various teams, both inside and outside of school. In RE, we continued to learn about the Northern Saints and linked them to our own experiences. We thought about what our own coat of arms would look like and what we would like to be remembered for if we were saints.

Awards

Headteacher Award: Molly W for being an absolute superstar.

English Award: Mercedes B for lovely, descriptive sentences.

Maths Award: Hayden S for super place value work.

 Reminders

  • Homework: Spellings given out on a Monday and tested the following Monday and English/Maths homework given on a Wednesday and to be returned the following Monday.
  • Books are changed once they are returned with rewards given for every 10 stamps received.
  • Please complete Homework Projects linked to the topic as these make a wonderful display in the classroom – a dip from the trolley will be given for each project returned.
  • PE is on a Thursday

 

 Week beginning 9th September 2019

English

In English this week we have read the Greek myths ‘Thespina and the Scorpidon,’ ‘Pandora’s Box,’ and ‘Medusa’. The children have enjoyed exploring the texts and looking for key features. In our writing, we wrote fantastic diary entries from the perspective of Thespina.

Maths

This week we have been exploring the place value of digits with the value up to 10,000 and using a range of resources to support our thinking. We have been using our reasoning and problem solving skills to answer a wide range of questions.

Topic

This week, Year 5 have started their history topic ‘Meet the Greeks’. We have used a timeline to order events chronologically and considered where modern day fits on the timeline. We have also enjoyed talking about Ancient Greek democracy and how it has influenced or changed modern day democracy in the U.K. and compared them. This week we have also been able to learn about the origins of the Olympics and we have started to learn about The Battle of Marathon.

In P.E. this week, we have started to refine our existing basic skills, such as running, jumping and throwing.

In I.C.T we refreshed our memories about coding vocabulary before creating our own simple program using commands on Purple Mash.

In PSHCE this week, Year 5 have been talking about rules in school and the classroom, and considered their rights and responsibilities in school.

English Award: Maggie G

Maths Award: Neave S

 Reminders

  • Homework: Spellings given out on a Monday and tested the following Monday and English/Maths homework given on a Wednesday and to be returned the following Monday.
  • Books are changed once they are returned with rewards given for every 10 stamps received.
  • Please complete Homework Projects linked to the topic as these make a wonderful display in the classroom – a dip from the trolley will be given for each project returned.
  • PE is on a Thursday
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