Dinosaurs and Fossils

Dinosaurs and Fossils

THEME

Dinosaurs & Fossils

COLOUR

Silver & Green

SHAPE

Circle/Sphere & Triangle/Cone

NUMBER

Recap

j

LETTER

Dd – dinosaurs

These passed two weeks have been FANTASTIC!  We truly love this theme.

 We recapped and had many theme discussions about names of dinosaurs and types of dinosaurs; herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. We also spoke about prehistoric, fossils and extinction.

 We even had dinosaurs come and visit our school in the evenings and Teacher Kate-Lynn managed to get some pics. Our Hoppers were so excited about this! J

 Our first week of was filled with lots of fun. The children loved learning about this theme and it is safe to say that our Hoppers are experts when it comes to dinosaurs. Their imaginations ran wild and there was dinosaur role-play on a daily basis. We started our dinosaur theme off with our “d” for dinosaur colouring worksheet. We are focusing on fine motor skills to encourage the Happy Hoppers tripod pencil grip. We then cut out our dino pics and put together our “d” for dinosaur. We had very cute dinosaurs.

 We also created 3D dinosaurs out of halved paper plates, toilet rolls and a stencil of a dino head and tail.  These 3D dinos looked amazing, so we decided to keep them for art expo.

Our children love baking and our final activity to end off this week was a hit. We made dinosaur footprint cookies. The children each got a ball of cookie dough and pressed it down, using a toy dinosaur we then pressed the dinosaur foot into the dough leaving an awesome footprint.

 Did you know?

The first dinosaur ever named was a Megalosaurus.  A person who looks for dinosaur fossils is called a Palaeontologist.

 Week two the fun continued and we spoke about dinosaur fossils. Our activity for the week was making a dinosaur fossil. We painted a dinosaur fossil picture with brown water paint. The next day we layout all different kinds of pasta and the children stuck the pasta onto the page creating amazing fossils. To finish off our fossils we then added sand. Our dinosaur fossils look so real. Our Hoppers really enjoyed making them.

 It has been a great two weeks.

 Wishing you all an amazing holiday, travel safe if you are travelling. See you soon for term 3!

 Our theme next term is: Spring and flowers and planting

 Have a safe and lovely weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

THE WORST THING ABOUT BEING AN ADULT IS ...

… that no one cares what your favourite dinosaur is. BUT WE DO CARE! Tell us what your favourite dinosaur is!

 

 

 Dates to Diarise: 

Holiday Club: 8 August 

Public Holiday: 9 August

Holiday Club: 10 Aug – 2 Sept

Set Up Day: 5 Sept (NO SCHOOL)

Back to School: 6 Sept

Haircut Day: 7 Sept

School Photographs: 12-14 Sept

Hat Parade Day: 23 Sept

Public Holiday: 24 Sept

 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Kate-Lynn, Teacher Katy and the Happy Hoppers Assistants

Our Happy Boys and Girls!

Space

Space

THEME

Space

COLOUR

Orange

SHAPE

Diamond

NUMBER

Recap

j

LETTER

Nn – Night

 We had a lot of fun with this theme and really tapped into our imagination, coming up with our own planets we would like to visit in our rockets as astronauts.

 Our Hoppers love dancing to songs and loved learning the words to the planet song. After we listened to the planet song the children were all hyped up and excited to start their Solar System artworks!

 On Monday they coloured in the sun and planets so beautifully.

We used a poster of the Solar System to see the colours of the planets, but of course, there were no colour scheme rules, their artistic flair took over in the best way! On Tuesday, we were ready to work on our cutting skills and the Hoppers cut out their sun, they all did an awesome job! Later on, in the week the Hoppers worked on their pasting skills by glueing the sun and planets onto black cardboard. 

 On Wednesday we focused on our letter of the week. We read all about Noisy Nick and all the noise he likes to make. After learning about the “N” sound we did our artwork “N” is for night. The children painted the letter “n” in black and later we decorated it with a sponge-painted moon and stuck stars all over. They look so beautiful.

 The rest of the week we finished off our art and watched some space videos and some astronauts in space, and even a space rocket launch. This was so exciting to watch, and our Hoppers loved it.

 Have a safe and lovely weekend!

Next week’s theme: Dinosaurs

 

 

 

WORLD GRANDPARENTS DAY!

This Sunday, the 24th of July,

we celebrate all of our

wonderful EcoGrandparents out there! 

 

 Dates to Diarise:

Pyjama Dress Up & Break Up Day: 5 August 

Holiday Club: 8 August 

Public Holiday: 9 August

Holiday Club: 10 Aug – 2 Sept

Set Up Day: 5 Sept (NO SCHOOL)

Back to School: 6 Sept

 

Lots of love

Teacher Kate-Lynn, Teacher Katy and the Happy Hoppers Assistants

Our Hoppers Are Out Of This World!!

Reptiles

Reptiles

THEME

Reptiles

COLOUR

White

SHAPE

Hexagon

NUMBER

9

j

LETTER

Ll – Lizard

We have had an action-packed week! We’re sure the Hoppers must be exhausted from all the fun that was had.

 We started off the week revising our letter of the week. We sang and danced to our jolly phonics letters and read our letter land book, Lucy Lamp Light. After our story, we went around the class and each Hopper got to tell us a word starting with the letter “L’’. We got some interesting words like Liquorice, Leg, Lego, Lips, and Listen. Well done, Hoppers!

 We did a very cool progressive art piece where created amazing, beaded snakes. This was a fun fine motor skills activity where the children got to thread beads and pieces of straws onto twisted pieces of wire. We then added a head and we had beautiful, beaded snakes.

 The highlight of the week was the reptile show. Julian from Wild Ones showed us all of his amazing and wonderful animals. The huge tarantula “Spinderella” was a hit as well as the snakes and the cute little Chinchilla.

 Concert practice has been in full swing this week; our Hoppers are doing so well. We are so proud of them and cannot wait for the big day! I’m sure most of you already know all our songs, we are so happy to hear our Hoppers are practicing at home. Keep it up!  

Have a safe and lovely weekend!

 

 

 

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK ...

… was definitely when we got a visit from the ‘Snake Man!’ 

We had some very brave kiddies … and some hesitant little ones too!

 

 

 Dates to Diarise:

Haircut Day: 13 July

Concert: 16 July

Nelson Mandela Day: 18 July (details to be advised)

Pyjama Dress Up & Break Up Day: 5 August (Holiday Club details to follow)

 

Lots of love

Teacher Kate-Lynn, Teacher Katy and the Happy Hoppers Assistants

What a sssssssuper week!

Caring For Our World: Recycling

Caring For Our World: Recycling

THEME

Recycling

COLOUR

Green

SHAPE

Triangle/Pyramid

NUMBER

6

j

LETTER

Rr – Recycling

Being an eco-friendly school, this is a theme that we are very passionate about! We had a lot of serious theme discussions this week and it warms our hearts to see our young Hoppers so enthusiastic about preserving our planet. Their passion really showed in their artwork!

 We started the week off by talking about recycling and what it means to recycle. We spoke about the different coloured bins and what they stand for: green for paper, yellow for plastic, blue for glass and red for tin. Each child was given a recycle bin picture to colour in. After they had coloured in their pictures, there was an array of recycled goods such as plastic tabs, soda can tabs, egg shells and paper. The Hoppers were asked to glue the recycled objects onto the recycling bin and they used wool for the hair, these came out so cute!

To explain how items, we throw away, can be recycled into something cool by reusing them, we created awesome recycled castanets! The Happy Hoppers sponge painted strips of cereal boxes, we then added bottle caps and other bits and pieces of recycled materials making the cutest recycled castanets. Our Hoppers just love them and have so much fun playing with them.  

 At Cooking, our Hoppers got to add all the ingredients needed to make chocolate cake, once the cake was baked, they added some sour worms. The Hoppers got to help package their delicious treat with recycled packaging. They all had so much fun and couldn’t wait to eat their yummy chocolate cake.

 Our Hoppers are hard at work learning concert songs and they are all doing so well with learning the words. We are super proud of them!

 It has been a great week filled with fun and creativity!

 Have a safe and lovely weekend.

Our theme next week is: Father’s Day and Sport

 

 

Recycling

… turns things into other things. Which is like MAGIC!

 Dates to Diarise:

Hearing Tests: 13 June

Bike-a-Thon: 15 June

Public Holiday: 16 June

School Holiday: 17 June

Book Character Dress Up Day & Break Up Day: 24 June

Mid Term Week Break: 27 June (no school, no Holiday Club)

Back to School: 4 July

 

Lots of love

Teacher Kate-Lynn, Teacher Katy and the Happy Hoppers Assistants

Our Eco-Green-Ambassadors!

Land, Air and Sea Transport

Land, Air and Sea Transport

THEME

Land, Air & Sea Transport

COLOUR

Blue/Navy

SHAPE

Diamond

NUMBER

5

j

LETTER

Jj – Jet

We started off this week, talking about different kinds of land air, and sea transport. We also had so much fun pretending to be different kinds of transport. We spread our arms and were super-fast jets, we made “Choo-Choo” sounds for a train, and we blew our horns to be a big ship.

 The Hoppers were given a page and, with a little help from the teachers, folded the paper to make paper aerorplanes. The aeroplanes were then coloured in to decorate them. Our Hoppers were so excited to go test their paper planes outside in our Hoppers’ garden.  

 For our art we incorporated our shape, colour and transport theme into one masterpiece! We sponge painted a diamond shape piece of paper navy blue, the children were given all different kinds of shapes to make a car, boat and an aeroplane to stick onto the paper and we then turned the diamond into a kite.

Our letter for the week was “J-j” and our letter land book was all about Jumping Jim. We all jumped around the classroom like jumping Jim saying different “J” words. Please ask your Hoppers to tell you some words that start with the letter “J’? This was so much fun, and our Hoppers really impressed us when asked for “J” words.

 Our Hoppers are doing so well in learning the concert songs, we are super proud of them. We cannot wait for concert day. So exciting!

 It has been such a great week!

Our theme next week is: Caring for our World: Recycling

 Have a safe and lovely weekend!

 

 

Sunday is World Environment Day

Teaching our kiddies to be Eco-Green-Ambassadors!

Earth is what we all have in common …

and it’s the only planet that has chocolate!

Let’s always protect it!

 Dates to Diarise:

Haircut Day: 8 June

Hearing Tests: 13 June

Bike-a-Thon: 15 June

Public Holiday: 16 June

School Holiday: 17 June

Book Character Dress Up Day & Break Up Day: 24 June

Mid Term Week Break: 27 June (no school, no Holiday Club)

Back to School: 4 July

 

Lots of love

Teacher Kate-Lynn, Teacher Katy and the Happy Hoppers Assistants

This week has just raced, soared and sailed by!

Wild Animals

Wild Animals

THEME

Wild Animals

COLOUR

Black

SHAPE

Square & Cube

NUMBER

4

j

LETTER

Z z- Zebra

Who knows what a group of giraffe is called? Let us know on the class WhatsApp group!

Wow, what a jam-packed week we have had. We have had so much excitement this week with lots of fun activities!

During ring time we spoke about wild animals and what makes them “wild”; we also spoke about our Big 5 and birds of prey which are hunters and carnivores. Some of our Hoppers wanted to share their own experiences about being in the bush and seeing wild animals – we heard some very interesting stories!

 We also spoke about the letter “Z”, the Hoppers loved the story about “Zig Zag Zebra” and the “zzzzzzz” sound that woke her up from her nap. Please ask your Hopper what the “zzzzzzzz” was and if they remember the words we did with the “Z” sound.

 On Wednesday during playtime, we had tractor rides. Our Happy Hoppers were so excited when they heard the tractor. The eager Hoppers all waited so patiently for their turn!

For our art, we focused on birds of prey. We made an Eagle and this was a process piece of art which we did during the week.  At the beginning of the week we went for a nature walk to search for feathers and bark.  Our Happy Hoppers showed us their colouring skills and coloured in a picture of an eagle. We then stuck the eagle onto a black piece of paper and added some bark and feathers. For the finishing touch, we flicked some white paint on the black paper to make some stars and added a sponge painted moon with a little bit of glitter to add some sparkle! 

We played an audio game, where we played the sounds that various wild animals make and the Hoppers had to guess the name of the animal. Some animals like the lion, were quite easy to identify, but other sounds like a Buffalo and Rhino were a bit trickier! This was such a fun guessing game and our children enjoyed it thoroughly!

 It has been a great week!

 Remember to dose up your little ones with extra vitamins, it is getting a lot colder and there are lots of germs going around.

Our theme next week is: Land, Air and Sea Transport

 Have a safe and lovely weekend!

 

All good things are WILD and FREE!

 Dates to Diarise:

Haircut Day: 8 June

Hearing Tests: 13 June

Bike-a-Thon:15 June

Public Holiday: 16 June

School Holiday: 17 June

Book Character Dress Up Day & Break Up Day: 24 June

Mid Term Week Break: 27 June (no school, no Holiday Club)

Back to School: 4 July

 

Lots of love

Teacher Kate-Lynn and the Happy Hoppers Assistants

Our Young Wild and Free Hoppers!

The Farm: Farm Animals

The Farm: Farm Animals

THEME

Farm Animals

COLOUR

Red

SHAPE

Circle &Sphere

NUMBER

3

j

LETTER

Ff – Farm

We have had a jam-packed week completing assessments. Please note that there will not be many art pieces going home as the assessments have taken up a lot of our time this week.

 We started this week off with a continuation of the farm. We spoke about farm animals and the type of animals we find on a farm.

 As we are learning about Farm Animals this week, we decided to teach the children about the life cycle of a chicken! We discussed this concept and watched a video. For our art piece we created the life cycle of a chicken, this was a sequenced art piece which promoted critical thinking, problem solving and fine motor skills. Our Hoppers created such amazing work that we will be keeping them for Art Expo!

 For cooking on Wednesday, the children made “pigs in a blanket”, these were scrumptious!

 On Friday, Tallyn from Busy Bugs, brought two little lambs for everyone to see. He showed us how he feeds them milk with a baby bottle. Our kiddies absolutely loved this experience!

 Please remember to dose up your little ones with extra vitamins, it is getting a lot colder and there are lots of germs going around.

 Our theme next week is: Wild Animals and Birds of Prey

Have a safe and lovely weekend!

World BEE Day!

BEE thankful, BEE positive, BEE cool …

But most of all …

BEE kind!

 Dates to Diarise:

Haircut Day: 8 June

Hearing Tests: 13 June

Bike-a-Thon: 15 June

Public Holiday: 16 June

School Holiday: 17 June

Book Character Dress Up Day & Break Up Day: 24 June

Mid Term Week Break: 27 June (no school, no Holiday Club)

Back to School: 4 July

 

Lots of love

Teacher Alexia, Teacher Kate-Lynn and the Happy Hoppers Assistants

What a BAAAA – eautiful Week!

The Farm – Fruit and Vegetables

The Farm – Fruit and Vegetables

THEME

Fruit & Veggies

COLOUR

Blue

SHAPE

Circle

NUMBER

2

j

LETTER

V v – Vegetables

Dear Hopper Parents

This week we learnt about fruits and vegetables on the farm. What a great theme in encouraging our little ones to eat healthily, especially with winter around the corner! We started this week off with a theme discussion about fruits and vegetables; we spoke about our favourite fruits and vegetables as well as the difference between them.

This week our kiddies made a progressive art piece of a Fruit and Vegetable Farm. First they sponge painted a beautiful blue sky with clouds and then glued on some soil, which they had collected on their nature walk! For their fruit and veggies, they used their handprints and fingers to paint such unique fruit and veg shapes!

in Cooking Class with Chef Nombuso, the children put their cooking and artistic skills to the test when they made a delicious fruit and veggie caterpillar, using strawberries for the head, cucumber slices for the body, carrot sticks for the legs and green beans for the grass!

It has been a very busy week with assessments, building puzzles, counting and reassessing.

Remember to dose up your little ones with extra vitamins, it is getting a lot colder out there!

Our theme next week is: The Farm: Animals

Have a safe and lovely weekend!

15 May is Family Day!

Family …

where life begins and love never ends!

 Dates to Diarise:

Farm Visit/Show: 20 May (at School)

Haircut Day: 8 June

Hearing Tests: 13 June

Bike-a-Thon: 15 June

Public Holiday: 16 June

School Holiday: 17 June

Book Character Dress Up Day & Break Up Day: 24 June

Mid Term Week Break: 27 June (no school, no Holiday Club)

Back to School: 4 July

 

Lots of love

Teacher Alexia, Teacher Kate-Lynn and the Happy Hoppers Assistants

A Fruity-Tooty Week!

Mothers and Babies

Mothers and Babies

THEME

Mothers & Babies

COLOUR

Pink

SHAPE

Heart

NUMBER

1

j

LETTER

Mm – Mommy

Welcome back to all of our Hoppers! It is so awesome to see you all again! We were thrilled to see how excited our Hoppers were to be back at school. It has been a very busy short and loud week with all the excitement of seeing friends and teacher’s again.

 Our theme this week was Mothers and Babies in celebration of Mother’s Day on Sunday. We hope that you like your card and present! Our Hoppers loved creating these goodies for you, Mommies!

 The children’s favourite activity was making their heart shaped snacks! We used our fine motor skills to thread Froot Loops onto pipe cleaners, which they bent into the shape of a heart. The best part about this activity was eating the Froot Loops that were left over!

 

We also made a sugar body scrub. For this activity we melted coconut oil, added in some Lavender essence and lastly added brown sugar once the oil had cooled a bit. We hope our Hopper mommies feel spoilt, as you most certainly deserve it! (P.S. let the tub soak in warm water to soften).

 

The chilly Winter mornings have definitely arrived! Start your child on a multivitamin like Crèche Guard (if you haven’t already) to try beat the winter bugs going around. Also, please refer to the Sick Policy and keep children who are ill at home so we can minimize the spread of colds and flu. Label, label, label EVERYTHING! … In winter there are many more items of clothing coming to school and during the day as it warms up, we tend to remove layers and then things get very easily mixed up and sent home with the wrong child. 

We look forward to seeing you all at our Sports day tomorrow!

 

Next week’s theme: The Farm – Fruit and Veggies

 

To all our AMAZING mommies ...

To the world, you are a mother.

But to your family, you are their WORLD!

 Dates to Diarise:

Sports Day: 7 May

Haircut Day: 11 May

Optometrist: 13 May 

 

Lots of love

Teacher Alexia, Teacher Kate-Lynn and the Happy Hoppers Assistants

Mommies’ Munchkins!

Autumn, Birds Migration, Easter

Autumn, Birds Migration, Easter

THEME

Autumn, Birds Migration, Easter

COLOUR

White

SHAPE

Cross & Oval

NUMBER

Recap

j

LETTER

Oo – Oval

Wow, just like that, Easter has arrived!

 We started off this chilly week with a progressive Easter card.

To reinforce our shape of the week, the children were given an oval shape patterned Easter egg to colour in and finger paint, along with some bunny ears.  This was a fun fine motor activity. For the inside of the card, the children drew an Easter Bunny!

 To incorporate Autumn into this week’s art we made an Autumn tree. First a 3D tree trunk base was made where we crumpled brown packaging paper and added it to the trunk as “bark”, and then the Hoppers glued orange, yellow, red and brown torn up paper, pompoms and sweetgum seed pods and some feathers onto it. Safe to say that our Autumn trees came out SO beautifully! We will be using them in our Art Expo! 

 For our Easter egg hunt, we made the most adorable bunny baskets!

 Happy Easter to our Happy Hoppers families, have a safe and lovely holiday!

See you next term!

 

Happy Holidays!

Wishing our EcoFamily a Happy and Blessed Easter Weekend!

 Dates to Diarise:

Break Up Day: 13 April

Holiday Club Starts: 19 April

Holiday Club Ends: 29 April

Term 2 Starts: 4 May

 

Lots of love

Teacher Alexia, Teacher Kate-Lynn and the Happy Hoppers Assistants

Happy, Hoppy Children!

Science and Experiments

Science and Experiments

THEME

Science & Experiments

COLOUR

Yellow

SHAPE

Rectangle

NUMBER

Recap

j

LETTER

Ee – Explosion

This theme was such a hit with the Hoppers. The amount of interest, curiosity and questions that came from the Happy Hoppers was awesome to see and to hear. We didn’t do any art activities this week as this is a very practical theme. We hope that the Hoppers went home with some experiment knowledge to share with you!

 We did the following experiments in class:

  1. Rubber Egg
  2. Colour Hopping
  3. Skittle Patterns
  4. Dancing Rice
  5. Lemon Volcano
  6. Static Electricity

 Rubber Egg

For this experiment you need a raw egg and a cup of vinegar. The shell of an egg is made up of primarily calcium carbonate. If you soak an egg in vinegar you start a chemical reaction that dissolves the calcium carbonate shell. The acetic acid reacts with the calcium carbonate in the eggshell and releases carbon dioxide gas that you see as bubbles on the shell. Leave the egg for 24 hours and you have a “naked egg”. It is squishy and can bounce, but be careful not to bounce too hard as it will pop. When our “naked egg” was ready, each Hopper got a turn to feel the difference between a regular raw egg and our egg after the experiment to compare the hard shell and the membrane shell. At the end of the experiment, we popped the egg to show the kiddies how thin the membrane was.

Colour Hopping

For this experiment we got 4 cups of water and added green, pink, blue and orange food colouring. We placed folded tissue paper from cup to cup. As the tissue bridged over the cups, the colour water soaks into the tissue and hops over the bridge.

 Skittle Patterns

The children’s favourite experiment was the skittles experiment! We placed skittles in a circle on a plate, made up of different patterns. We then added warm water to the plate and once the water had touched the skittles the colour from the skittles started to move out into a pattern towards the center! This was a very pretty experiment.

 Dancing Rice

This experiment did not exactly go according to plan, which was not a bad thing because it taught the children that sometimes not all experiments work out and that is exactly why we try out experiments!

The intension was to add bicarb, water, vinegar and a table spoon of raw rice together. As the chemicals react, it starts to fizz and causes the rice to “dance”. This would be a cool experiment to try at home with your Hopper! If it works out, let us know!

 Lemon Volcano

 We cut a lemon in half and added pink food colouring to one half and blue to the other. We then added bicarb and a few drops of vinegar to the lemon. The chemical reaction caused the lemon to fizz like lava running down a volcano!

 Static Electricity

 We blew up a few balloons and rubbed them against everyone’s hair to show them how the static electricity makes their hair stand up! You can just imagine the giggle reaction we got from this!

Our theme next week is: Autumn, Birds Migration and Easter.

 Have a safe and lovely weekend!

 

Easter is around the corner!

We For this week’s cooking, we made our Easter cooking because next week is a short one! We made delicious Chocolate Easter Egg Nests! Everyone got a turn to break up the pretzel sticks, we then added melted chocolate and sprinkles which were all mixed together. The kiddies scooped the mixture into cupcake holders and added some speckled eggs to complete the look! Not only do they look adorable, but they also taste delicious!

 Dates to Diarise:

Break Up Day: 13 April

Holiday Club Starts: 19 April

Holiday Club Ends: 29 April

Term 2 Starts: 4 May

 

Lots of love

Teacher Alexia, Teacher Kate-Lynn and the Happy Hoppers Assistants

Work, Fun & Play!

Play is the highest form of research! (Albert Einstein)

Building, Construction and Factories

Building, Construction and Factories

THEME

Building, Construction & Factories

COLOUR

Brown

SHAPE

Oval/Egg

NUMBER

Recap

j

LETTER

Cc – Conveyor Belt

We started off this theme with creating our own tool belts. During Ring Time we had a discussion about the different kinds of tools and their uses, then the kiddies coloured in a hammer, a saw and a wrench. Next, they put their fine motor skills to work, by tearing up silver gift paper, to add to their tools to give them a ‘metal look’. Before adding everything together, they painted their belts in their chosen colour!

We also had tons of fun with a numeracy construction activity. Our Hoppers wore safety hard hats while they hammered 10 golf pegs into egg cartons. They had to count each peg while hammering to make sure that they had 10. This activity gave our kiddies an opportunity to count objects one by one to form the connection between the value of a number and objects.

 It has been a great week filled with tons of practical activities and games!

Our theme next week is: Science and Experiments

Have a safe and lovely weekend!

In The Making ...

This theme allows for so much creativity and imagination! It was wonderful to see all the creations from our little engineers and architects in the making. The Hoppers just loved indulging in our construction stations that had been set up throughout the week! They constructed some pretty impressive structures and buildings!

 Dates to Diarise:

 

Haircut Day: TBC

Sports Day: 9 April

Break Up Day: 13 April

 

Lots of love

Teacher Alexia, Teacher Kate-Lynn and the Happy Hoppers Assistants

Hard At Work!

Coming Soon

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