Keep Smiling!

Yesterday, some of the Oxford Grove pupils spent the day writing letters and decorating mobiles to send to two local care homes.

This idea came to our school when we were thinking of the elderly people who were unable to see their loved ones during this time.

Our amazing, hard working children worked throughout the day to write letters telling the residents about how hard their parents and carers are working, telling jokes to make them smile, and asking questions to find out more about them.

We are hoping that our letters have put a huge smile on their faces and we can’t wait for a reply from our new pen pals! 🙂

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School Closure

Please see your child’s class blogs for tasks set by the teachers for every day this week. Tasks include our online resources, writing activities to complete in their exercise books and activities to complete in their workbooks. All of the exercise books, work books and logins can be found in your child’s work pack.

Please leave some comments to tell us how you have been getting on!

If you would like any more activities to do with your child, please visit out Further Home Learning page in the Learning Links section of our webpage.

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Football Competition

Last week, some children in year 3 and year 4 represented Oxford Grove in a football competition. We were very impressed with the football team who came 2nd out of 6 schools!

Well done to the football team!

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Computing Competition

Before half term we had a competition about being safe on line, to celebrate Safer Internet Day. We had to create a video about online safety. Here are the winners from year 2. They have earned a very exciting ICT workshop for their class.

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International Women’s Day

Today we enjoyed an amazing assembly from Mrs Allen all about International Women’s Day.

We learned that, in the past, women have not always been treated properly and sometimes have not been allowed to do the same things as men.

At Oxford Grove, we believe that everyone is equal and should be treated equally. We are glad that women are treated much more equally in our world today, and we have talked about ways that we can make sure that everyone is treated equally all the time.

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Football Competition 5.3.20

Some of our very talented Year 3 and 4 children were given the opportunity to take part in a football competition against 6 different schools! The boys did amazingly and we came second !!!!!!

Thank you to all our parents and staff who supported this and the children will be congratulated with their medals and certificates on Monday in a whole school celebration assembly/ with their other class friends!

More competitions are currently being booked so keep your eyes open if you are interested in them 🙂

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Information on COVID-19

Please click the button to view current guidance from the Department of Education in conjunction with Public Health England on COVID-19.

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Fun Food Chef

This week, the Fun Food Chef has been visiting Oxford Grove!

Reception, Year 2 and Year 3 children took part in cooking workshops. They practised skills like cutting and mixing whilst ensuring they were observing good food safety and hygiene.

Some Year 3 children entered a competition to win an extra session with the chef. The task was to design and make a model of their house over half term. We had some fantastic entries.

Take a look at our pictures!

 

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Safer Internet Day!

This morning we had a whole school assembly all about being safe online. We revisited our knowledge on setting all our privacy settings to high, telling an adult if we see something online that we don’t like, not sharing personal details online or any personal pictures. We also reminded ourselves that not everything on the internet is true!

Then, we looked at our identity online and what this means. We can still keep safe online by not putting our personal picture as our avatar, choosing a username that doesn’t include our name and not writing personal information about ourselves or our friends online. Finally we reminded ourselves that we need to talk to a trusted adult about if we don’t feel safe online!

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Anti-bullying assembly

Our fabulous school council members delivered an assembly to us this morning all about anti-bullying and what it is! We learned what bullying actually means and why it doesn’t happen at Oxford Grove. They told us about different types of bullying and how we can prevent it from happening. Well done school council!

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A Life

This week, the whole school has enjoyed healthy lifestyle and fitness workshops with A Life!

Everybody got to look at a range of activities about how to have a healthy lifestyle. We learned about eating healthily, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, keeping our bodies healthy and where our food comes from.

We also enjoyed fun fitness and exercise workshops. We learned lots of different ways we can get fit and keep our bodies moving.

 

 

 

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KS2 Music Assembly

We were very lucky to have a second musical treat this week! Mrs Hudson, Mr Bamford and Mr Dunkley led the Key Stage 2 children in a fantastic music performance.

 

Mrs Hudson’s KS2 choir sang some beautiful songs, including ‘Shooting Star’ and ‘Wake Me Up’.

 

Mr Bamford’s djembe drummers performed some call and response songs.

 

Mr Dunkley’s brass players played some Christmas songs, including his group who have extra lessons.

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Mr Martin’s Magic Music Assembly

Today, we have enjoyed a fantastic assembly from Mr Martin’s amazing music groups!

The KS1 choir performed a calypso in a group and with some duet singers, using musical instruments and singing in a round.

The KS2 group performed a Ghanian welcome song. Each child sang a solo and we even had some excellent beatboxing!

The boys’ choir sang a medley of Beatles’ songs, and ‘I Believe I Can Fly’. They were absolutely amazing!

We were all so impressed with their fabulous effort, learning these songs just over this half term!

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Christmas Assembly

We really enjoyed learning all about the story of Christmas today in assembly!

Year 2- 6 learnt about why Christians celebrate Christmas and the importance the day has for all.

We hope that all those celebrating have a lovely Christmas!

 

 

 

 

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KS1 Christmas Show

This week we performed our Christmas Show.

We have done lots of practise saying our lines, learning the words to the songs, and remembering when to get on and off the stage!

The staff are all very proud of the children – we think both their performances were fantastic and that they have all worked extremely hard!

A special thank you to all the children who took the time to come back and perform in the evening show, you all did amazing!

 

 

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Science Workshops

We were all incredibly lucky today to take part in some exciting Science workshops!

Years 1-5 enjoyed watching lots of different fun experiments and investigations, including how to make ketchup float and how to make a ruler spin faster. 

At the end of the workshops, we got to watch a homemade rocket blast off in our school hall!

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Railway Safety

In Road Safety Week, we have been learning about how to keep ourselves safe when we are around the roads.

This week, Years 1-6 had an assembly all about keeping safe around railways. We learned that the railway tracks are very dangerous because there is lots of electricity and the trains are so fast. We always need to keep away from railway tracks, even if we can’t see a train.

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Non-Uniform Day

Just a reminder, Friday 22nd November will be a non-uniform day at Oxford Grove.

This will be to raise money for our chosen homelessness charity.

Please bring a minimum of £1.

Thank you from Oxford Grove School Council

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Aldi Kit for Schools competition

Thank you so much to all of the children, staff and families that have contributed stickers to our Aldi Kit for Schools poster.

We have collected over 300 stickers to fill our poster, which is absolutely amazing! The School Sports Crew have created a way that we will create a lasting healthy legacy at Oxford Grove, but we will have to wait and see if we are one of the fortunate schools to be chosen to win £20,000!

Please keep your fingers crossed for us and once again thank you so much!

  

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Harvest thanks

Thank you again to all our amazing families who contributed to our Harvest collection this year. We have received a letter of thanks from the Destitution Project in Bolton, who received our Harvest gifts.

Dear Miss Harvey, staff and children,

Thank you so much for the wonderful Harvest collection you made for Destitution Project.

Our shelves were bare last month and we were having to buy in some of our essentials which meant money could not be spent elsewhere helping our service users. However, the shelves are now almost full again, thanks to you and generosity of your parents. Now, if someone doesn’t have a coat for winter, we can scour the charity shops or a cheap shop in town to get them something warm and dry without having to think of spending that money on food.

We really are very grateful. Thank you!

Best wishes,

Kath Webster (Treasurer, Destitution project)

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Our school’s local PCSO.

Today PCSO Jonny visited our school to talk to us about being safe during the Bonfire period. He talked us about rules we need to follow and how we should behave to ensure our safety.

He also spoke to us about how we should keep safe online.

What did you learn from this assembly.

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Poppies

School Council are selling poppies and other poppy items, such as poppy zip pulls and poppy wristbands.

Please see the children outside school to get your poppies. All money raised will be donated to the British Legion.

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Harvest at Oxford Grove

Today, we had a whole school assembly to celebrate Harvest. Mrs Bain explained that Harvest is the celebration of food grown from the land. We talked about why it is important and how we celebrate it.

Mrs Bain demonstrated making a pizza with the children and explored where all the different ingredients came from. We discovered that some foods travel thousands of miles to get to the UK.

Nowadays, most churches have a Harvest Thanksgiving service. They celebrate this day by singing, praying and decorating their churches with baskets of fruit and food. Harvest Festival reminds Christians of all the good things God gives them. This makes them want to share with others who are not so fortunate. In schools and in Churches, people bring food from home to a Harvest Festival Service. a

As a school, we have collected different foods to share with people who may need some help. We would like to say a massive thank you to all who have donated to our Harvest at Oxford Grove. The food will be distributed to those in need.

Once again, thank you for all the help and support from parents.

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Apply for a secondary school place

Thank you to all parents who attended our Year 6 SATs and transition meeting.

Please follow the link to apply for a secondary school place for your child: https://www.bolton.gov.uk/admissions/secondary-school-places

Please click the links below to access the September 2020 secondary school admissions letter and booklet:

Letter

Booklet

 

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to all our Oxford Grove families!

We hope you have had a lovely summer, and we are looking forward to another action-packed school year. Thank you to all those who attended our annual ‘Meet the Teacher’ meetings tonight.

Please remember that dates for this half term are available on the website Calendar.

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Congratulations!

Congratulations to the winners of our road safety poster competition who have received the prizes that they have chosen from Argos.

 

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Summer Holidays

Please click the picture to visit the Community Links page on our school website for information about play sessions and free meals in North Bolton over the Summer holidays.

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Road Safety Week

Next week is Road Safety Week! Help us to keep the roads a safe place for us to be!

Thank you from Oxford Grove School Council

 

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Bridgewater Hall

This week, Oxford Grove choir took part in a fabulous music festival at Bridgewater Hall! They performed a medley of songs in front of a large audience and their parents. Everyone at Oxford Grove is extremely proud of everyone involved and it was a fantastic evening! Well done Oxford Grove for representing the school brilliantly – you were amazing + a huge thank you to all the parents for your support! 

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Oxford Grove Summer Fair

We had lots of fun after school today hosting our annual Summer Fair. Each class and member of staff had their own stall or activity including Miss Harvey’s pizza, Year 6’s photo booth, Miss Lowe’s tombola, Year 2’s puppets, Year 5’s jewellery and many more! 

 

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Readathon WINNERS

Well we have finally come to the end of our Readathon!

We have all been very busy across school to read lots of books to raise money for the Read for Good charity.

As a school we raised a HUGE £740 for the Read for Good charity and all of this money will go on buying clean books for the poorly children in hospital.

We had a winner from each class:

Inayah and Evie from Year 1

Zarmin and Sumayah Year 2

Amelia and Zack Year 3

Alena and Bobby Year 4

Karima and Amy Year 5

Saarah Year 6

A HUGE well done to all these children who read the most books in your class. You have won a book to take home 🙂

The next winner was to a child who raised the most money in the whole school!

Well done to Isabella in Year 2! You raised a HUGE £90!

You have won a unicorn book, top trumps and a £10 book token to buy yourself another book!

 

Well done to everyone who took part and a very big thank you to you all and family and friends who helped to raise the money!

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Photo Booth

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‘How We Teach Reading’ parent workshop

We have had a fabulous morning showing all our amazing work in reading!

Over 90 parents and carers attended our ‘How We Teach Reading’ workshop this morning. Thank you so much to all who could attend, and thank you for your overwhelmingly positive feedback.

Some comments from our parents and carers:

“I think it was brilliant being able to see what my child is learning and understanding what she’s doing.”

“It was very useful and I learnt new ways of looking into a story.”

“Everything went well because I have seen that the teachers are very dedicated in their jobs and help children understand when they are struggling.”

“The event was very informative. Very impressive teaching and I can see that everyone (the kids) is very attentive and could tell they enjoy learning. (Well done Oxford Grove.)”

“It gives you an idea how your child performs in the class and their learning skills.”

“Everything was perfect. Very nice event which explains a lot to parents.”

“It was nice to see my daughter in a well behaved learning environment. I was very impressed with the paired work.”

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Transition Survey

Thank you to the parents who took part in our transition survey! Here are the results:

We know that transition can be daunting for some children, so we are continuing to work hard to ensure all children feel confident and happy about their new classes for next year.

If you would like to make any further comments about transition within school, please speak to the School Office or leave a comment on this post.

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Road Safety Poster Competition 2019

Dear Parents
Following parent feedback to our road safety survey, we are aiming to improve our safety outside school at the beginning and end of the school day. To help with this we are holding a poster competition to design safety posters to be put up at the front of school around our drop-off zone.
We hope to achieve two things:
1. All drivers must not park in places that may endanger us!
2. All drivers drive as carefully as they can to ensure our safety.

We appreciate that the vast majority of parents do this already but unfortunately a small minority do not.

We hope that putting up poster reminders will lead to improvements to both driving and parking and help prevent a catastrophic accident.

All pupils are welcome to enter this competition and design a poster which will get our important message across the school community.
THERE WILL BE PRIZES!!

If your child wishes to enter, these are the competition rules:
1. Please use a piece of A4 paper.
2. You may use paint, coloured pencils or felt tip pens.
3. Make your design simple but effective with eye-catching, vibrant colours and give it sharp and distinctive lettering.
4. Include a safety strapline ~ there are some suggestions here that you can use:
Please drive like there’s a baby on board! Please drive like your gran’s in the car!
Please drive like every child is yours! Please drive like you’re taking your test!
Please park responsibly. Please drive with care.
Please slow down! Please do not park on the zig-zag lines!
Please respect our school. Caution! Children!
Please THINK before you park. Stopping here puts a child in danger.
Thank you for not parking here.

5. Remember to add your name and your class on your design.
6. All entries must be in school by Friday 14th June.

We look forward to seeing your entries. Good luck!

Yours sincerely

Shan & Daniel, on behalf of the School Council

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Our local librarian visits Oxford Grove …

This afternoon, we had a special visitor from our local library. She read us some stories using fantastic expression ! We found out about all the different kind of books we could access at the library 🙂 Have you ever been to a library?

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Oxford Grove Readathon!

We are launching a new whole school project linking with the Read for Good Charity. The money raised by your child will help enable children in hospitals to access a wide range of books; free from infection. 

START DATE: TUESDAY 7TH MAY

END DATE: MONDAY 10TH JUNE

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The aim of the Readathon is firstly to promote reading for pleasure by enjoying reading a range of different genres and to raise money, with the support of the School Councillors, for children in local hospitals. The children will get to choose their own books as its all about reading for pleasure!

What we’d like you to do:

Today your child has brought home a sponsorship form and a record sheet to record all the books they have read as part of the Oxford Grove sponsored Readathon!

  1. Help your child find sponsors among family and friends. Sponsors can be given in to the office.

  2.  Support your child in finding books that they enjoy reading.

  3. There is an additional form to record all the wonderful books that they have been reading.

Remember to have lots of fun and try to read as many books to raise money. You may also win a prize if you read the most books in your class!

We look forward to hearing all the wonderful books that you’ve been reading!

Miss Harrison and Miss Campbell.

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Easter

Happy Easter to all of our families!

We hope you enjoy all of the cards the children have made, and have a lovely Easter break.

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Traffic Survey 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

In our School Council meetings this year the issue of children’s safety on the roads outside of school at the beginning and end of the school day has been brought up a number of times by children right across the school.

Sadly there have been a number of incidents of parents parking inappropriately as well as setting off without enough care and attention when we are all trying to get into or out of school safely.

We know that the vast majority of you park and drive with great care and thought for our safety but this is not the case with everybody and we as a school council are convinced this is putting us at risk of injury or even worse. We would like to change this situation before a disaster happens.

As a result of our discussions and conversations with Miss Harvey we have developed some ideas to try to help improve the situation and we would like to test which of them you would support should they be implemented.

We should be most grateful if you would complete the questionnaire below. We will use your responses to make a plan of action which we will share with you before implementing from the start of the summer term.

With our thanks

Oxford Grove School Council

 

Create your own user feedback survey

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Alfa Raising Music Festival at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Alfa Raising Music Festival

Monday 1st July at 7:00pm

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

If you would like to buy tickets for the Alfa Raising Music Festival, where our School Choir will be performing,

please click the picture below to go to the Bridgewater Hall website directly and buy online.

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Online Safety Competition Winner

Last month, many of our children entered the Bolton Schools ICT Online Safety Competition. 

Schools from all over Bolton entered, but there could only be three winners – and Oxford Grove was one of them!

Well done to Saarah in Year 6 for her amazing online safety story! Her class will be enjoying a STEM engineering workshop with Mrs Temel next half term.

Click here to see her winning story.

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Oxford Grove’s parents do Maths!

This morning we had a fantastic Maths morning and parents were invited into our school to see how we learn maths and to help them support their children at home.  Mrs Day firstly met with all the parents to model how to use our brilliant computing resources that they can access from home. Parents were then able to visit their children’s classes and were given an insight on how they can further support their children at home.

It was a fantastic event and lots of adults across the whole school attended.

Thank you to everyone for their support.

*What did you enjoy most about this morning?

*Did you find this useful to support you at home?

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World Book Day

Last week we had lots of fun dressing up as our favourite book characters for World Book Day and working with some brilliant and authors and poets during the week. Foundation Stage worked with Lynne Chapman, KS1 worked with Liz Million and KS2 worked with Matt Goodfellow.

Mrs Calland also took the lucky book review competition winners to Bolton Library for some special World Book Day activities. The children were able to listen to different librarians tell lots of stories and even took part in a catwalk to show off their outfits!

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Fun Food Chef

Today, the winners of our DT competition had their prize of an afternoon with the Fun Food Chef.

To win the competition, the children had to design and make a model of their house to display within school. The 15 winners were able to bring a family member in to participate in the Fun Food Chef workshop with them.

They all had a great time! Thank you to all the families who supported their children in the competition over half term, and especially to those family members who accompanied their children at the workshop this afternoon.

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Key Stage 1 Book Illustrator – Liz Million

Year 1 and Year 2 were incredibly lucky today to work with an amazing illustrator – Liz Million. She showed us some of the amazing books that she has illustrated.

She talked to us about how to get ideas for drawing, and how to use similar shapes and small details to create fantastic pictures.

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Times Tables Competition Winners

We are so proud of all of our amazing Times Tables winners!

Well done to everybody who worked so hard on learning and improving their times tables facts to enter this competition.

Keep practising hard – you’re always a winner if you know your times tables by heart!

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Smiley Reward – Zulu Dancers

The whole school enjoyed the Zulu dancers for our Smiley Reward!

We all watched two different performances, and took part in dance and music workshops.

Keep working hard to earn those smileys, everybody!

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Important messages …

Today, in our assembly,we were given some important messages…

1. Some children within the school were awarded their gold coins for the ‘Good Friend’ award.These children have been given the seat covers constantly within their classroom to show they have been good friends , because of this, they have now earned their gold coin. This gold coin has amazing powers, you can swap it for a prize of your choice from the Argos catalogue. Children across the school are showing what a good friend they are and are being spotted by teachers. Here are another two children who have won this award: 

2. Mrs Calland has launched her reading competition. Can you fill in a high quality reading book review within your record to be in with a chance to visit Bolton Libary on World Book Day?

3. Mrs Thompson has launched her Computing competition . Can you create a way to share information about e-safety ? You could design a game, rap, poster anything . The winner will be given a chance to take their class on a computing trip! Oxford Grove have won this before!

lots of exciting things going on and more information about this will be in our newsletter so do not worry if your confused or missed anything. The newsletter will tell you everything you need to know 🙂 

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Amazing Progress

We have been very lucky to receive a letter from the Secretary of State for Education and Minister of State for School Standards. This is to congratulate us on our amazing progress, which puts us in the top 3% of schools nationally.

Well done to our amazing team at Oxford Grove!

 

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Football vs Homophobia..

Today Miss Nelson visited our school . We had a special assembly about football against homophobia- which means using the word gay to mean something bad. We talked about how some footballers experienced this type of bullying from the crowd. We learnt about how they came together and set up a campaign to put a stop to this , they became role models and wore t-shirts to support this.

 

Year 5 and 6 then took part in workshops to learn more about this and why it was important.

 

What did you learn today?

 

What at are your thoughts? 

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