Watch Sally and Possum season 5.
Did Sally make those muddy footprints in the kitchen? Well, who did? This looks like another case for Police Officer Possum and what a clever way he has to find out who made them.
And I'm Possum.
Did you see that big kick?
It landed here.
I'm going to get it.
I'll have to be careful going into the garden.
I don't want to damage anything.
Hop, hop, hop, hop, hop.
Finally the rain has stopped.
Possum was very keen to go outside and play.
While he's been out there, I've been making lunch.
We're going to have some wraps for lunch today with some lovely salad in there.
It's almost lunchtime.
Did you have fun playing outside?
Oh yes, I really enjoyed myself.
Did you get wet?
I'm nice and dry.
Ooh, and Sally, I'm so good at kicking my soccer ball.
It went so high.
Oh, that's great!
I've got everything ready for lunch now.
We can have some wraps, ok?
If you'd like a drink of milk, you can go to the fridge and get it.
Ok, I'll get it.
Ooh, it looks delicious.
Well, you need your wrap first and then put the things on it that you'd like.
What is it Possum?
Sally, something very strange has happened.
What were you just doing Sally?
Well, you were outside playing and I was in here getting everything ready for lunch.
Did you stay in the kitchen the whole time, or did you go somewhere else?
Well, I did leave the kitchen just to go and get some tea towels, but most of the time I was in here.
This is very strange.
What is is Possum?
Look at the muddy footprints!
Well, somebody has obviously come in from outside.
I'm sure you all know where the muddy footprints come from.
This is a case for Police Officer Possum!
Come on, over here.
Can you please walk along these footprints so I can see?
Right, left, right, left.
That's how I normally walk.
You're right, Sally.
You went left, right, left, right.
I know what I need to do.
I need to copy these footprints into my book.
Possum, it'll be very hard to solve the case.
This is such a small picture compared to the big footprint.
They're different sizes.
You're right Sally.
You're very clever.
You could become a police officer too!
Well, I'll need a bigger piece of paper.
Then I can cut out a stencil.
Well, I've got some big pieces of paper in my craft box.
I'll get some for you.
They're the same.
I, Police Officer Possum, am very clever.
Can you please place your right foot on the stencil?
This is a very hard case to solve, this one.
Have you measured other people's feet to see if it's the right size or not?
Good question Sally.
I have not done that yet.
Well, it was a great idea to stencil the footprint, though it's not exactly the same size, is it?
It's going to make it very hard to solve the mystery.
Why don't we watch some children making shapes in a different way?
Maybe that will give me an idea.
Oh, that was great!
It was so good.
Did you see those children using the plaster of Paris?
That was the white stuff they were playing with.
I've actually got some in my craft box.
Um, Possum, when you were outside, you didn't see anybody in the garden, did you?
No, I didn't but why don't we go outside and see if there is a mystery person out there?
Ok, let's go.
Oh, hold on.
Come on Sally.
Maybe along here.
Oh, thank you.
Thank you so much.
That was a delicious cottage pie.
I really enjoyed it.
Oh, I love sharing food.
You might see Possum acting a bit strange.
He's trying to solve a very serious mystery.
He's trying to work something out.
Amanda, were you here earlier today?
No, Sally gave that to me yesterday.
The muddy footprint wasn't here yesterday.
Step on that please.
It's not Amanda.
I can't stay and help you solve the mystery.
I have to go work.
Whose footprint is it Sally?
I don't know.
Come on, then.
Wait there. I'll be right back.
Wait her, Sally.
You put your foot on that.
Oh, that for me?
Here you go Sally.
Oh thank you.
It's wet and now there's a muddy footprint.
Yes, so it's the same one as the one in the kitchen.
It's from here!
Yes, you're right.
Ooh, I need my stencil.
Can you get it for me, please?
Oh, of course.
This one's hollow and this one's flat.
It doesn't fit!
Ooh, do you remember watching the children making those lovely shapes?
You see, this is hollow.
That means we can use plaster of Paris and pour it in.
Then once it sets we can take it out.
That means when it's dry I can take it out, and if a visitor comes, I can see if their foot is the same size or not.
Yes, that's right.
Can you go get it for me please?
Great stuff Sally.
This is how we make our plaster of Paris.
I've got water in the bucket and I've got a little bit left over as well in the jug.
We have to be very careful though.
The plaster of Paris is in powder form and as I tip it in, you need to stir the water in the bucket.
Be careful not to splash it, though.
We can't stir it too long or else it will set.
So once it's mixed properly, we'll pour it in.
Ok, I'll stir.
Here we go.
Could you pass the wooden spoon?
It's starting to thicken up.
Oh, that's great.
Oh, yes, that's good.
This will take some time to set, so while we're waiting, why don't we go and play some soccer?
I was worried that the soccer ball might land on our plaster and splash it everywhere but it hasn't.
Good, and it looks like it has set.
Would you like to lift it out?
Doesn't that look good!
Look at all that detail.
It's so lovely.
The ball…and my foot…and…
I've solved it.
The ball landed in the garden earlier and I put my foot in there to get the ball back.
I've been trying to solve the mystery of who it was and it was me all along!
Well, you did such a good job being Police Officer Possum and investigating who it was, and now you've solved the mystery.
It was you all along.
Why don't we go into the kitchen and you can clean up your muddy footprints?
I can do that.
Well, our time is up.
Thanks for watching.
See you next time.
Aha! Has Sally got a new ladder for Possum to climb? No, this belongs to someone else. What new things will Possum learn now?
Come and have a look.
I haven't seen this before.
It's a new ladder.
Sally must have bought it.
I wonder why.
This'd be great for climbing up my tree.
Let's have a look.
I wonder if I could roll a ball down this.
I think I could.
I wonder where it is.
Oh, hello everyone!
The ladder's disappeared.
Did anyone see what happened to it?
What are you doing with the ladder?
Oh, thank you so much for buying this new ladder.
I do like it, but I don't really need it for climbing my tree.
Possum, that's not my ladder.
That belongs to the neighbour.
Do you remember?
We talked about the water tank and how it wasn't filling properly.
I think the pipe might be dirty or blocked and I was going to ask him to come and clean it and fix it up for us.
You mean this isn't your ladder?
No. Now he's stuck on the roof.
Can you put it back please?
Oh… He could jump off.
Oh, no, it's too far.
Perhaps he could jump and then roll.
He couldn't possibly do that.
Please, put the ladder back now.
Sally, do you want me to go up there and get him and bring him down?
No, no, no.
You stay down here please.
Oh, I know.
Possum, that's not going to work.
He won't hear you if you clap.
He can sign though.
He can sign?
Yes, he's very good at it.
You'll understand everything he says.
I wonder where he is.
I can't see him.
Hmm, where is he?
What are they looking at?
Sally, what are you looking at?
I thought you were up on the roof!
Oh, no, no, no, no.
I just went back to my shed.
I had to get some tools, see?
Oh, I see!
Just before you came, Possum had moved the ladder and we were worried that you might be stuck on the roof.
We've been looking for you.
Our neighbour's stuck on the roof.
Can you help him down?
Up you go.
Just use the ladder.
This is him.
This is our neighbour.
He wasn't stuck on the roof after all.
He went over to his house.
Oh, I get it.
His name is Neville.
Neville, this is Possum.
Oh, YOU'RE Possum!
I've heard lots about you.
I'm Neville but people call me Skip.
You may call me Skip.
Well, everyone calls me Possum and you can call me Possum.
Well, I'm going to go up there now and see what the problem is, ok?
Oh, yes please.
Up the ladder.
Well, that's good.
Sally, what's this sign?
What does that mean?
Well, for many, many years, Skip worked on boats and when the captain gives their orders, he needs to know that the crew have understood him.
So, the crew will say, "Aye-aye, Captain," to know they've understood his instructions.
Sally, what's he doing now?
Well, he's going up there to investigate the problem.
He's going to try and fix it.
Possum, you see how very, very carefully Skip is climbing the ladder.
Children at home should also be very careful if they climb ladders, and always have an adult helping them.
It's the safest way, ok?
So many balls!
Oh, it's filthy!
All those leaves are falling down from your tree.
Oh, it's your cricket ball!
My cricket ball!
I thought I'd lost it!
Oh, we finally found it.
Ooh, my favourite ball!
I thought I'd lost it but we found it.
This is the culprit.
Someone had thrown this up on the roof and it had blocked the pipe, and all these other balls and leaves were piled on top.
I have taken them all out, and now the pipe is clear!
That means the water can now flow straight into the water tank.
Skip, I have an idea!
Can I use your ladder and turn it into a ramp?
What do you mean Possum?
What do you want to do with a ramp?
I'll show you.
Are you watching?
Oh! Now I understand what you want to do.
Unfortunately, it's a bit too steep isn't it, and the rungs are in the way, so the ball bounces off.
Why don't I go and get a plank of wood from my place and we can rest it on the rungs and see how the ball rolls down the ramp at the angle we make?
Sally, what's an 'angle'?
Could you tell me more?
Oh, well, angles are definitely something you should learn about.
Well, if you've got the time Skip, could you teach him?
Oh, he'd really enjoy that.
Oh, I'd love a cup of tea, though.
Oh, well, that's easily fixed.
I can make a cup of tea.
I'll go inside and make some.
Oh, I'm happy with that!
I'd love to stay!
What I'll do, though, is I'll go home and get a plank of wood and bring it over.
Possum, why don't you collect up the balls?
Now, the reason I've got the plank of wood there is so that the ball can roll down it.
Oh, can I try it?
That was great!
Well, I was going to teach you about angles, wasn't I?
See where the plank of wood is resting on the grass?
Well, that is an angle.
I get it.
What do you think will happen if we raise the plank of wood up to the next rung?
Will the angle get smaller or bigger?
Um… I don't know.
Can we have a look?
Ah, what do you think Possum?
It's a bigger angle.
Now, do you think the ball with a bigger angle will stop earlier, or will it go further?
Hmm… I don't know.
I'm not sure.
Well, why don't we measure it, so we can see how far the ball goes?
I've left my measuring tape at home but we could always use your feet, Possum, to measure out the distance.
Oh, yeah, and I've already made a chart, so we can write down our measurements.
Come and have a look at my chart.
Come on Skip.
Well, this is the chart that I have made.
See here, on the side?
This is the size of the angle.
I've written down that we'll put the ramp on the first rung of the ladder and then, we'll put it onto the second rung.
After that, the third rung.
So, what we'll do is measure out how many steps the soccer ball rolls after it's gone down the ramp.
Then we'll get the cricket ball and do the same thing.
We'll write down how many steps each time.
Then we can compare the different angles and the different balls, ok?
Alright, let's go.
Yeah, let's go!
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
7, 8, 9, 10,
11, 12, 13.
11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16.
So Possum, what have you learnt today, then?
Can you tell me?
With that and this…
I learnt that if you have a smaller angle, the ball won't roll as far but if you have a bigger angle, the ball rolls further!
That's right Possum!
We've had so much fun today, haven't we?
Why don't we watch some children at school learning about measurements?
Yeah, let's watch!
It was awesome!
See, Possum – it's always worthwhile learning new things.
Well, I have to go now.
I need to put a new coat of varnish on my crow's nest.
Thank you for the lovely cup of tea Sally.
Oh, that's alright.
Oh, and thank you Skip for helping me learn all about angles.
Oh, and measuring and even better, you helped me get my soccer ball down from the roof.
Oh, yes, he's finally found it!
See you Skip.
Come on, Sally, let's do it again.
Oh, yeah, pick that one up.
What can you fold besides towels and clothes? Where will Sally put her buttons? Possum, that folding is amazing!
Oh hello, everyone.
I know Possum would love to help me take the washing off the line.
Sally, is your washing dry?
Yes, it is.
Oh, look at the clouds.
It might rain soon.
Do you want some help?
Oh yes, please.
When you take them off, can you put the towels in the basket, but please be careful with the T-shirts.
I don't want them to get crumpled, ok?
Oh, the rain is coming.
Just in time.
Let's go inside.
Quick, quick, quick!
Can you please place the T-shirts on the chair?
Yes, put them on the table.
Do you think we could put them in the cupboard as they are Possum?
Look at the mess they're in.
It's all a bit too messy.
We need to fold them.
See how it's nice and neat?
It's much tidier.
Can I try?
Yes, you try.
It's a good try.
Is it nice and neat, though?
Does it look like mine?
Oh, no, it doesn't.
You copy me.
Oh, let's do another one.
Nice and flat.
There and there.
One, two, three!
What do you think Possum?
Are we ready to put them in the cupboard now?
They're ready now.
Good thinking Possum.
Stacking them like that makes it much easier to put them away.
I'll go do that and can you get the shirts?
How did you do that?
It was so fast!
Oh, just hold on.
It's important to fold your clothes neatly.
It means they'll last longer.
Well, that was great.
How did you do it?
It was so quick and I just…
I don't understand.
Yes, it is a bit of a trick but I do like folding clothes that way.
I'll go slowly so you can see.
Join your thumb and forefinger and pinch through the fabric, and then half way down the shirt, pinch some more fabric together.
Fold it over, twist it around and fold it over.
This is tricky.
It's hard to learn but I'm enjoying it.
It's important to practice.
The most important thing is, don't give up.
If you stick at it, you'll get there in the end.
This is hard, but I do enjoy learning new things.
If you think this is a hard fold, there are other folds that are even trickier but they make fantastic objects and shapes.
What are they?
Why don't we watch some children folding paper and see what wonderful shapes they make.
Yeah, let's watch.
That was interesting.
Oh, that looked great!
It was fantastic!
I want to fold too Sally.
Well, I've got some great paper for folding in the craft box.
Can you go and get it?
Here we are.
Oh, that's a lovely piece of paper.
Now we need to practice our folding but first, do you remember, while watching the children folding, what was the shape of the paper?
Oh, it was a square.
It WAS a square.
Is this a square?
It's got four corners, but it has two long sides.
This is a rectangle.
Oh, I see.
I can show you a way that will make it into a square.
This is a square.
It's the perfect shape for folding.
Origami is the name of paper-folding.
You have to be very, very careful as you do it and make sure you keep the edges and folds nice and neat, ok?
What would you like to make?
We could make a box or a swan.
Ooh, I want to make both.
I know you're very excited, but first I think we'll make a swan.
In the drawer, there are some instructions on how to make it.
Choose some paper.
Oh, this one.
Now we've got our square piece of paper, we need to look at the instructions.
Press it down.
Same on the other side.
Fold it into there.
The next instruction – fold that down.
Now, fold that back.
Now, what's next?
Fold it out.
Isn't that a beautiful swan?
Oh, it's great.
You have to be very careful when folding.
You must concentrate.
Looks so good.
You were really concentrating on your folding.
This is how to make a Masu box.
Sally, can I take all these papers outside and practice my folding?
Oh, yes, you can go outside and do that.
I'm going to stay in here and do some sewing.
Have fun, though.
Oh, hello, everyone.
Look at what I've made.
Don't these look great?
Isn't it amazing that a flat piece of paper can be folded to make different objects and shapes?
I have to go and show Sally.
Sally, why do you have so many buttons?
I need to find a button like this one but I can't seem to find it in this pile.
Oh, this one?
Sally, you need to sort these somehow.
It's great to have a big bag of buttons, but it's always hard to sort them out because once I've found the button, I just put them back in the big bag and they get all mixed up again.
I need to sort them into separate little containers, don't I?
Hold on Sally!
That looks great.
Oh, it's lovely.
Look at this one.
Oh, that's cute.
Now, we could put the pink buttons into the pink box.
This is pink.
Ah, we could put the red buttons into the red box.
Oh, and green.
Ah, this one.
Oh, these are lovely!
It's great that we can make use of the things you folded.
Those swans you made earlier today – I've put them up on my shelves.
They look lovely.
We've made lots of things today, just from folding.
Oh, look at these Sally.
Oh, and these ones…
A spade is very useful for digging in Sally's garden but not for every job. Skip and Sally help Possum find out about other tools. What tool should Possum use to get Sally's bike standing up again?
Oh, oh, oh!
Oh, hello, everyone!
Oh, I really do love my tree.
It's such a good tree.
Do you remember when I was swinging on the door?
That was naughty of me, and I broke it.
Oh, naughty me, but that's ok, though, because Amanda came and used her hammer and she fixed it for me.
Let's see what Sally's doing in the garden.
What are you doing Sally?
I've got this plant in that pot.
It's growing too close to the fence, so I need to move it away so the tree can grow better.
I can do it Sally.
Oh, no, no, no!
No, Possum, it's really quite heavy and you're not bending over properly.
You might hurt your back if you're not careful.
You need a tool of some sort.
Oh, I know, I'll get the cultivator.
I can drag it across using that.
The cultivator is good for cultivating dirt.
You can't move a pot with it.
It's the wrong tool for the job.
We need something to lever it with.
Oh, I know!
Watch this Sally.
The shovel was definitely the right tool for the job.
Oh, look at all these leaves around the place.
I need to gather them together.
I'll do it Sally.
Oh, no, no, no.
That is the wrong tool for the job.
You don't want to use the shovel but you said it was the right tool.
No, I meant it was the right tool to drag the pot plant over.
It's not the right tool for cleaning up leaves.
The right tool would be a rake.
There we are.
Oh, Skip's here.
What are you up to?
Well, we've been learning about different tools and what they're used for.
We've just finished using the shovel to lift and slide this very heavy flower pot.
Now we're using the rake to rake up all the leaves.
Oh, it's always good to pick the right tool for the job.
Like using that shovel.
It's not only used for digging.
You can use it as a lever and help things slide.
At home, I have many tools for all sorts of different jobs.
When I have a job to do, then I can pick the right tool.
Skip, can I come and have a look?
Oh, hang on Possum.
I know Skip is very busy.
Oh, you're right.
I am busy, but for you two, never!
Oh, Sally, look!
I remember this!
Look, I have more tools over there.
Oh, look at this.
Oh, it's great Sally!
Look, there's another room!
Look! Look at all this stuff!
Oh, come out here.
Oh, there are there more tools up there, Skip?
There are no tools upstairs.
That's actually my home and right at the very top is my crow's nest.
Well, a crow's nest is something that's found on a boat.
I've made one for myself, so I can look all around.
I can see the ocean and smell the breeze.
Oh, and I can see your tree too.
Oh, you can?
Can I go up and have a look Skip?
Oh, not right now.
One day soon, though.
I've just finished painting up there and it's a bit wet still.
That is a lathe.
I'm making a new leg for a lady around the corner.
A leg for a lady?
Not a leg that you walk on.
A table leg.
Oh, Skip, you've just got so many tools.
Yes, I do have a lot of tools.
I inherited a lot from my father and then, as I worked on boats, travelling around the world, I collected a lot more.
If there's ever a job I need to do, I can select just the right tool for the job instead of taking them all.
Oh, this is a pinch bar.
If two things are stuck together, then you can use the pinch bar to pull them apart.
Like this, see?
Does that remind you of something Possum?
In the garden with the shovel, I put it under the pot plant.
That's right, but it's not just for levering things.
If you have a nail – hang on, I'll show you.
This is the nail.
Now, I'm not going to use this end, but this end, see?
I'd love to learn more about different types of tools.
Well, we could make a chart to show what each tool does.
I could get a bunch of tools for us to compare.
Sally, do you remember when we made a chart and compared all different types of balls?
That would be great fun.
Why don't I go and get the easel?
Can you help me, please?
Great and I'll get everything ready, OK?
Come on Sally!
I've got this chart ready to show us the different ways that we can use tools.
I've picked three categories to begin with.
The categories are hitting – so things that hit other objects.
Tools that cut objects.
Yep, and tools that will turn or rotate things.
That's a great chart Sally.
Are you ready now to start Possum?
Oh, I know what that's for.
This one's for hitting.
Oh, I know this one.
What's this one for?
So that goes in there.
That's for turning.
What do you think?
Yeah, I know.
It's just like Amanda's saw!
Well, that's sharp.
It's a chisel, and if you get the hammer…
So you chisel it.
Oh, and this one, hitting.
Oh, it's a bit different, though, isn't it?
Turn it around.
It's for rocks.
You can hit rocks with it.
Oh, I love learning about all different types of tools.
Why don't we watch some children learning about different tools and different ways to use them?
We might learn something too!
When making clay, I use different tools for cutting, carving, and peeling.
Those children had so much fun learning how to use different tools.
Yeah, it was great.
The most important thing is that they enjoyed themselves.
Oh, Skip, I love your shed.
You've got so many different tools!
Look at them all.
Oh, I just love it.
Well Possum, I think it's time for us to go now and rake up all those leaves.
Skip, do you want to come?
I must finish lathing that leg for the lady around the corner.
You've worked very hard, raking up all the leaves.
What happened to the bike?
Oh, don't worry Sally.
I have the right tool for the job.
Well, did you enjoy your time with Skip today and learning lots about the different tools he has?
I did love seeing his tool collection.
Oh, I really enjoyed myself.
Sally, come on!
Possum is in such a hurry today, he doesn’t even stop for breakfast. He may run out of energy. What can Skip do to help?
I'm going to do some gardening.
I should have had breakfast earlier?
But I was too busy climbing my tree.
Oh, the sun is up.
It's going to get hot soon.
I'd better do the gardening first.
I need to pull out some weeds,
I need to cultivate the soil and then I need to water it.
This isn't the right tool for this job.
I know, the smaller tool, the trowel.
I'll be back.
I'll need to get the cultivator.
Yep, this one.
Now I need the rake.
Done. It's all nice and smooth.
Great. Now we'll need to water it.
There it is.
I'll just need to go to the tap and fill it up with some water.
I'd better put those tools away.
Sally doesn't like to see them lying around.
She wouldn't be happy.
You see that bird up there in my tree?
He's my friend.
I must go up and say hello.
He's not really my friend.
But this one time, he came and sat on my finger.
I want him to do it again.
I can see Possum rushing up and down that tree of his.
He's very energetic.
That sun is very bright.
I'll need my sunglasses. Hold on.
He's got so much energy.
It's really hard work, climbing.
I can remember having to climb up the mast.
I could only ever do it the once.
I couldn't do it again and again.
Oh, that sun is still bright.
Sally always wears a hat.
I know, I'll get mine.
The sun has gone behind the clouds.
I don't need my sunglasses and hat anymore.
Is that my bird friend over there?
It's so far away, I can't tell.
Skip loves birdwatching.
He let me borrow his binoculars.
I have them, I'll go grab them.
Oh, it's Skip. Hello.
I'll be right down.
You must be exhausted, Possum.
All that climbing.
I am, Skip. What are you here for?
Well, this belongs to Sally.
She lent it to me so I could bake a cake and I'm here to return it.
OK, come on.
What are you doing, Skip? Come on.
Right. Hi, Sally.
Thank you so much for letting me borrow your egg beater to bake my cake, thank you.
Oh, thank you for bringing it back.
Would you like a cup of tea?
Oh, yes, please. Thank you.
Would you like a drink, Possum?
Um, no, I'm alright.
Hmm. Every time Skip is here,
Possum, you're always so excited, but not today.
I'm excited Skip is here, yes, but…
Are you sad about something?
No, I'm happy.
Well, you can't be lonely.
What have you been doing this morning?
Well, I climbed my tree and then I was going to have breakfast but I did the gardening first because it was going to get hot.
And then I climbed my tree again.
Did you do anything else?
No, just climbed my tree.
Possum. You didn't climb your tree just the once.
I saw you going up and down and up and down and up and down.
You must be exhausted.
You're right, Skip.
He's climbed that tree so many times and because he didn't eat breakfast, all his energy is gone and now, he's tired.
Skip, did you eat breakfast?
Oh, yes. I had some orange juice and some toast and some eggs and bacon.
I had a hearty meal.
Skip and I both know how important it is to eat breakfast and not skip it because it gives you energy to get through the day.
If you skip breakfast, you have no energy.
Why don't we watch some children learning about healthy foods?
Just before you do that,
I've just had a thought.
How about I go and bring something from my house.
I'll grab a recipe and a few ingredients.
That was great.
Yes, it was.
Those children learned a lot about eating healthy food.
If they eat healthy food, that gives them lots of energy so that when they go to school, they can learn.
Sally, look at all that food.
Well, the three of us are going to make something.
But, Possum, I'm not sure you have enough energy to help me.
Oh, no, it's OK. I can help, Skip.
Can you please get the recipe?
This explains how to make the energy balls.
Oh, these are great.
I can remember working on the ship during a terrible storm.
We had to work very hard and we didn't get any time to stop and eat but the ship's cook quickly made up a batch of these energy balls for us to eat on the go and they gave us lots of energy so we could get the ropes down.
Well, I think we've got everything we need here.
Are you ready to make them?
Right, hang on.
Possum, no. Come back here.
Skip has already got everything on the tray.
We don't need anything else.
You are very organised, Skip.
I'm not so organised.
I had the tools all over the garden and kept having to go up and down my tree because I was forgetting my hat and my glasses.
Right. Are we ready?
Oh, hang on, Skip, we're forgetting something very important.
Wash our hands. Come on.
Yes, that's great.
Alright. Are we all already?
What we need is three-quarters of a cup of almonds.
And three-quarters of a cup of walnuts.
Oh, that one.
Now we're going to need some chia seeds.
Use the tablespoon for those, please, and we need two of them.
Two… Oh, that one.
We also need a tablespoon of flax seeds.
Now we need tablespoon of sunflower seeds.
Now we need to blend it all together until it becomes flour-like.
Take the lid off.
In with the dates.
They are delicious.
Yum, yum, yum.
The next ingredient is cacao powder.
Now some protein powder.
And some coconut oil.
One big scoop.
Place the lid back on and let's blend it all up again until it gets to a nice sticky mixture.
Now we'll use the spoon to scoop the mixture into our hands and mould it into balls.
Take the gloves off.
Skip, do we cook them now?
We don't need to cook them.
We can eat them just as they are.
Oh, I've enjoyed making these so much.
I already feel like
I've got more energy.
Skip, do you want one?
Yes, I do.
I will take one with me.
The most important thing is they're very healthy.
I have to go. I need to do some more rigging on my crow's nest.
Alright. Off I go.
Can I grab another one?
Alright, then. See you later.
Oh, Sally, making these has given me lots of energy.
I think I might climb up to the top of my tree and look for my little bird friend.
Oh, that would be great.
Can I take some?
You should take some with you.
Can I get one more?
Alright, off you go.
Reflections are remarkable. Possum enjoys learning about mirrors, but what is going on in the yard? Is this a reflection too?
Did you see who flashed my doorbell?
Who was it?
There's nobody out here.
It must have been Sally.
Did you see that?
That possum looked just like me!
But wait –
I can't be here and there at the same time.
I think I must be dreaming.
I better go get Sally.
He'll come straight in.
Oh, he usually comes in by himself.
It must be someone else.
I'll go see.
Possum, what are you doing?
Oh come in.
Sit down Sally.
Come sit down.
What's the matter Possum?
Sally, were you outside at all?
No, I've been in here brushing my hair.
Did you press my doorbell?
I haven't been outside at all.
I've been in here the whole time.
I'm sure I saw the doorbell light flashing, but when I opened the door, there was no-one there.
I thought it would be you but now I'm very confused.
Well, what are you confused about Possum?
Well, I opened the door and looked around, there was nobody there but in the garden next to the gate, I saw a strange shape.
It looked like a possum.
It was a bit hard to see, though.
That shape. Was it a scary shape?
I can't be scared of a possum.
Maybe I was dreaming?
Oh yes, I think you could have been dreaming.
I need to brush my hair.
Possum, would you like to look in the mirror?
The light is being reflected into the mirror and that's why you can see yourself.
I can see the back of my head.
It's the reflection.
The mirrors are reflecting off each other and that's why you can see the back of your head.
Sally, look at this.
Oh Sally, I'm going to try and trick my reflection.
Hup, hup, hup!
I'm going to try again.
Possum, the reflection is you.
It's going to do everything you do.
You can't be faster than it.
Remember, when we talked about shadows?
You can never out run your shadow, can you?
It's always there.
Oh, that's right!
I do remember!
I remember learning about shadows and I did like learning about them and now I like learning about light and reflections.
I can remember seeing myself in a puddle once.
Water or other things that are shiny, can reflect light just like a mirror does.
Why don't we watch some children learning about reflections and mirrors?
That WAS great!
Sally, mirrors are so much fun.
I really enjoyed learning more about different mirrors.
I'm going to go outside and practice my soccer, but I'll be thinking about mirrors too.
Ok, you can go.
See you later!
Oh, I'm going to practise playing soccer.
I'm going to use the door as a goal but I can't kick it too hard, I might break my door.
I don't want Amanda to have to come and to fix it again.
How did that come back?
I didn't kick it that hard.
Hmm, let's try again.
Who put that mirror there?
Let's try with my left foot.
Oh, this is great!
This is great!
It's so much fun kicking it back and forth!
Oh, this is great.
Sally, did you put that mirror here?
Well, I've been kicking the soccer ball and it keeps coming back.
OK, I'll watch.
Yes well, I saw you kick the ball, but there's no mirror anywhere.
There must be another possum.
This is my cousin. His name is Poss.
What are you doing here Poss?
Well, I happened to be walking past and I saw your very big tree and I wanted to have a look.
It's such a great tree, but then I saw that Sally was walking past and I didn't want her to think that I was going to live here too, so I hid.
Oh, you're more than welcome to stay Poss.
Thank you, cousin, but I'm not like you.
At night-time, I like to go on adventures.
I like to see different things but thank you, anyway.
It's so good to see you so happy.
Hey, would you like to come in and see my tree?
Yeah, for sure!
In you go.
It's great, isn't it?
Wow! It's great! Look at it!
Look over there!
Oh, look at the kangaroos.
Yeah, you're right!
I can see them.
Boing, boing, boing.
Let's go down.
Your tree is fantastic.
It's so nice!
Thanks for showing me.
Well, I've got to go now.
OK, let's go.
Poss, Poss… No, no, no.
Come here, come here.
Sally, Sally, Sally.
Did you see who that was?
And I haven't put a mirror out there either.
You're the only one out here.
I haven't seen anyone else.
No, no, that was my cousin Poss.
You are really funny.
Anyway Sally, I've learnt so much about mirrors today.
It's been great!
Oh yes, you have learnt so much.
Why don't we watch some children telling us some things about mirrors?
In a mirror, you can look at yourself and brush your hair.
In a mirror, sometimes you get a surprise because the mirror does exactly what you do.
I like mirrors.
I like to look at my face, because it looks good.
Mirrors come in all different sizes.
You can have big ones, small ones or really big ones.
I love small mirrors because I can see myself and brush my hair.
During the day, if the sun hits a mirror, it can reflect off in all different directions.
When it's dark, you can't see yourself in a mirror.
You need a light source so you can see.
I love mirrors because I love to put my lipstick on, fix my hair and make myself look good.
When you're in the car, you can look at the side mirrors.
They're important because you need to make sure that all the other cars have gone past before you change lanes.
Also, at night, you can use the rear vision mirror to check that there are no lights on in the car, so you don't have an accident.
Those children know so much about mirrors. That was awesome.
Oh yes, they were very knowledgeable but you are too now Possum.
You know lots about mirrors, don't you?
Are you ready to go inside and eat?
Yes, but make sure that it's real food and not a reflection.
You are funny.
Where is that wheelbarrow? Possum and Sally find a great way to locate the wheelbarrow and everything else in the yard.
Possum, great job.
Everything looks great.
I think it's time for a break though.
Let's have something to eat.
We've been doing the gardening.
We've worked very hard at pulling out the weeds and cultivating the soil.
It looks great.
Today is such a beautiful day.
The sun's out but it's not too hot.
We had great fun in the garden, but Sally, I think I'm ready for a bit of a break and a snack.
Oh yes, but before we do that, I need to put these weeds into the compost and then we can go in for something to eat.
We need the wheelbarrow, though.
It's not here.
Where's the wheelbarrow?
I was sure it was here.
It must be over in the yard.
I'll go and get it, ok?
I sure am glad Sally's ready for a break.
I've been working so hard.
I'm so exhausted but Sally just wants to keep on working but I don't want her to think that I'm lazy, so I just keep on working too.
Well, the wheelbarrow's not here.
Oh, I am so glad Possum said yes to having a break.
I wanted a break earlier, but I keep working because Possum keeps working.
I'm tired and hungry, but I don't want Possum to think I'm lazy, so I keep working.
We're having a break soon.
Possum, the wheelbarrow's not in the yard either.
It's nowhere to be seen.
I wonder where it could be.
Sally, you are such a good friend that you always let people borrow your things.
Maybe someone has borrowed your wheelbarrow.
Oh, that is good thinking Possum.
I do let my friends borrow things but I can't remember lending anyone a wheelbarrow.
It must be here somewhere.
Oh, I do wish I could get a bird's-eye view of the yard.
Do you want to become a bird?
When we're standing here on the ground, I can't see behind the tree.
I can't see around corners but a bird flying up high can see down on everything.
They'll be able to see whatever I need, so I wish I had a bird's-eye view.
Oh, I understand now.
Look, why don't we go inside and have a break and then we can come back out and look for the wheelbarrow?
I have an idea.
You talked about wanting a bird's-eye view, didn't you?
Yes, I did.
Well, you don't need a bird's-eye view because you can have a possum's-eye view.
Oh, of course!
I will climb to the top of my tree and see what I can find.
Oh, that is a great idea.
He is such a fast climber.
He's at the top of his tree.
Oh, there it is!
I found the wheelbarrow.
He's pointing over there.
I think he must have found the wheelbarrow.
Now he's just enjoying his possum's-eye view.
Oh, here he comes.
Did you find the wheelbarrow Possum?
Well, where is it?
Oh, I don't want to tell you just yet because if I tell you, that means I won't get lunch and a break.
Oh, you are funny!
I want to have a rest too.
Let's go inside and have a snack.
You know how we were in the garden and we were finished but we'd lost something.
What was it?
We were looking for it and we couldn't find it.
Was it the bike we couldn't find?
Oh Possum, have you really forgotten?
Remember, it's the wheelbarrow.
Oh, you're funny!
You had me believing you'd forgotten, but Sally, I have an idea though.
Can we make something that looks just like your yard?
Something small where we can put everything in, like the tree and the house and the bench.
Then we'll know where everything belongs.
What a great idea Possum.
That's called a model.
When you're sitting at the top of your tree, you can see where everything is.
What we can do is make a smaller version of what you've seen up there.
We can make a model.
Would you like to make one?
Well, why don't we get some craft things and see what we can make?
Let's put these away.
I think this box could be the yard.
It's the right size.
Oh, and Sally, this could be your house.
We could walk straight through and that could be your kitchen door.
That could be my door.
Now, what can we put in the yard?
Oh, Sally look!
This could be my tree.
That looks great but we need to put some leaves on it.
What else have we got in there?
Look, we've made everything.
Are you ready now to put things in the yard?
What should go first?
Where shall we put that?
Oh, let me have a look.
Now, just here.
It looks like it's in the right place.
I've made this.
Do you like it?
Oh yeah, it looks great!
Now, do you remember where it goes?
Where do we put that?
Ah, I know.
What about this?
Hmmm, where do we put it?
Can you remember?
Oh, right here.
Oh, that looks great.
Where's the wheelbarrow, though?
Before I tell you, I have a surprise.
What is it?
Yeah, it's me.
It looks just like you.
Oh, that's lovely but where am I?
Oh, you have another.
Oh, that looks like me too!
Can I stand next to you Possum?
Oh, that looks just lovely.
Yeah but there's still one more thing missing.
Here it is!
Where are we going to put it?
Hmm, I don't know.
I need to make sure I put it in exactly the right place, so I'm going to go to the top of my tree.
I can't carry that and climb my tree, can I?
Oh, how will I know exactly where to put it, Sally?
Well, we could always go and make a map.
Why don't we watch some children learning about models and maps?
OK, let's watch!
Oh Sally, that looked great!
They made some lovely models.
Oh, and Sally, I was watching and now I know how to make a map.
You can do it now.
I might leave Possum to it.
I need to go outside and do a few things.
He's doing well.
Now… Oh, ok.
I was thinking and I remembered where I put the wheelbarrow.
It was just at the side of my house and now I'm going to quickly get all of my weeds and put them into the compost before it gets too hot.
Possum is drawing his map.
He should be here any minute.
I'd better hurry.
Now, I need to go up to the top of my tree to get my possum's-eye view to make sure I get the wheelbarrow in the exact place so I can put it on the map so Sally knows where to find it.
Where is it?
It's not there anymore.
Oh, I thought it was there so I could draw it onto the map, but now it's gone!
Where did it go?
He's here already.
He almost caught me with the wheelbarrow.
He was so quick but now his map's going to be all wrong.
Sally, it's wrong!
I've wasted it.
I have to scrunch it up and throw it out.
Such a waste.
Sally, before the wheelbarrow was over there but now it's gone.
We can't use the map any more.
Why don't you just have another look?
It's not there.
You go have a look.
Possum, you know I can't climb your tree.
Why don't you just go and have one more little look?
Perhaps you might see it in a different place.
Hold this Sally.
The map is now right.
Oh, that's great but Sally, it's the strangest thing.
The wheelbarrow is full of weeds now.
That means I can put them in the compost.
Hold this, please.
Now, when you finish with the wheelbarrow, make sure you put it right back there, because that way we know the map is right.
Oh Sally, look.
Oh Possum, this is a lovely map.
Yes now, remember, in the same spot…
Possum has a lot of fun with cardboard boxes but they don't move. How do trains move? Skip takes Possum and Sally on a special journey by train.
I think it's time for a break, though.
This one's good.
Look at Possum playing with those cardboard boxes.
I wonder what game he's playing.
What are you doing?
I've made a train but, Sally, I don't know how to make it go forward.
Can you push me?
Me push you?
Oh, I couldn't possibly do that.
Trains have to run on train tracks.
They have wheels that lock onto the tracks and then they have an engine that makes them go forward.
This looks great.
I really do like what you've done here.
It's like wagons on trains – you can put different things in them and then those trains can deliver those things to different places.
It's quite an important thing they do.
There are even passenger trains where people can sit in them and travel around.
Possum, you could possibly go and see Skip and ask him how trains go forward.
Skip knows lots about trains.
I thought Skip just knew about boats.
Hmm, you'd be surprised.
Skip knows lots about lots of things.
I'll go ask him.
When you do get there, make sure you press the doorbell and the light flashes.
Wait for Skip to come to the door and then ask him if he's busy or not.
If he says he's not busy, then you can ask him all sorts of questions about trains, ok?
Aye aye, Sally.
Come in, come in.
Are you busy, Skip?
Oh, I'm always busy, but for you, no.
Well, I was home making a train out of cardboard boxes.
Oh, cardboard boxes are a wonderful thing!
I've made many a boat and even a spaceship out of cardboard boxes.
Anyway, so I've made this cardboard box train and it won't go anywhere.
I asked Sally to push me.
She didn't want to.
Then I asked her how to make it go forward and she told me to come and ask you.
Oh, that's a good idea to come and ask me.
Well, how does a train go forward?
For a train to go forward, it needs an engine and the engine is what makes the train move forward but the engine needs something to power it.
Like on a boat.
Like on a boat?
How does that work?
You've been on a boat before, haven't you?
How did you know?
Well, Sally had asked me if she could borrow my hat and telescope and I bet you would have pretended to be captain, right, and put them on!
Was that naughty?
Don't say sorry for that.
It's a good feeling to be in charge.
So, you went sailing.
Now, what was it that made the boat move?
Oh, I remember this!
The boat has a sail and the wind pushed into the sail and we went forward.
Yes, the wind gives the power.
That's what makes the boat move.
Can you imagine if there was no wind? What would happen?
Oh, I remember once being stuck at sea for five days with no wind.
Oh, terrible. Sorry.
The wind pushes the boat forward.
Ah, I've got it.
So if the train doesn't move, the wind will push it?
No Possum that would never work.
There are different types of trains, Possum.
There are electric trains that run like these lightbulbs.
There are diesel trains that run like a lot of cars run and then there's my favourite type of train.
The steam train.
That's like when you boil water in a kettle.
The water boils and then steam comes out.
That's exactly what it is.
I've just thought…I have a steam engine out the back.
I know that Sally would love to see it too.
Why don't you go get her and I'll get the engine ready?
It's all ready.
Come on in.
This is a steam engine.
Oh, it looks great.
So, I'll explain to you how it works.
This is a fuel cell, and I'm going to light the fuel cell and it will create fire but you must always be very, very careful around fire.
So, the fire goes inside where the boiler is.
Now, the boiler has a lot of water in it, which gets hot and then the steam is created.
Sally, this is like your kettle.
When the water boils and all the steam comes out.
That's exactly what this is.
That's right, Possum and it's like my iron.
There's water in my iron and the steam comes out of the little holes.
Yes, yes – that's exactly right!
So, in the boiler the water gets very hot and the steam creates pressure that comes up through that pipe and puts pressure on the piston, which makes the piston move.
Is the piston going to pop off?
That's a very good question, though.
Have a closer look.
What can you see?
The piston is attached to the wheel.
It pushes the wheel around.
So it's not going to pop off.
Oh, this is just like a train.
Choo, choo, choo, choo.
Choo, choo, choo, choo. Choo, choo,
Choo, choo, choo.
Now, let's get the engine started.
Remember, always be careful with fire.
Oh, it's hot!
Yes, it's hot, Possum.
So, our fire goes in here.
Oh, it's going!
It's spinning really, really fast.
Now, can you tell me what's going on in here?
What have you learnt?
Right, well, here we have steam, and steam is the power for the train, just like the wind was the power for the boat that pushes it forward.
It's going faster and faster.
But…but it's not moving.
It's not going forward.
Oh, this would need to have wheels attached.
This doesn't have any wheels on it, Possum.
Yes, and it would also need train tracks to roll on.
The wheels go on the tracks and then the steam power pushes it forward.
This is great.
I wish I could learn more about trains.
How can we do that?
I have a friend that I once helped build a train carriage.
I might go and ask him.
Let me turn the engine off first.
Hang on – I'll be back.
Sally, this was so much fun.
Yes, we've learnt lots, haven't we?
Why don't we watch some children learning more about trains?
They had a lot of fun.
Did you see all the children laughing?
Oh, I wish I could do that too!
Right, the three of us are going to have some fun as well.
I had a chat with my friend – the one that I helped build the train carriage.
He's agreed to allow us to come and visit.
Does that mean we're going to ride a real train?
Well, it could be an electric train.
Or it could even be a steam train, Possum.
Well, why don't we go and see?
This is Brett.
He's the train driver.
Yeah, let's go.
Let's get on.
Oh, look at the kangaroos!
Oh, Sally, this is so much fun!
Oh, look at all the beautiful trees!
Yeah, let's look!
Oh, look, it's an eagle!
Yeah, an eagle.
Oh, it's rocking.
It's slowly rocking.
Was that fun?
Oh, that was so much fun.
Oh, yes, it was great.
Let's go over here.
That was good, yeah?
Oh, that was great.
Oh, thank you so much, Skip.
It's my pleasure, Possum.
Oh, yes, let's look.
That was the last of the butter, Possum. 'It doesn’t grow on trees, does it?' Possum learns about where butter comes from.
I really enjoyed sitting down eating my breakfast with Possum.
Oh, I've enjoyed it too Sally.
Can you smell that?
I think the toast is ready.
There you go.
Thank you Possum.
Can you pass the butter please?
Possum, that's the last of the butter.
I know, I'll get some more from the fridge.
I don't think I've got any left.
There's no butter left, it's all gone.
So there is none.
Thank you for looking for me though, but I still don't have any butter for my toast.
I could scrape some off and give it to you.
That's very kind of you Possum, but I just don't think I'll eat it now.
I'll go get some more butter from the shop later.
Sally, it's a shame that we can't grow butter or that there isn't an animal that could just give it to us.
I know, but it is very interesting how butter is made.
It comes from something you actually know a lot about.
You know about milk.
I remember watching children visiting a farm.
The cows ate the grass, they made the milk, there are special machines to get the milk from the cows, but Sally, why are you telling me about milk?
I was asking about butter.
Well, butter comes from milk.
Oh, that's amazing!
Well, it's no wonder there are no flowers that grow butter.
Makes sense now.
Oh, Sally, later, can I go to the shop and get the butter?
I could just imagine you going into the shop.
Everybody would stop and stare at a possum walking in and picking up some butter.
They would get such a shock.
You are so funny.
Look, it doesn't matter.
I'll go to the shop later, ok, or we could always make our own butter.
How would we do that?
We don't have any cows that we can milk but we do have some cream in the fridge.
Huh? What do we need cream for?
Can you get the cream, please?
Sally, this is all runny, not solid like butter.
Well, milk is amazing.
Sally, I know milk is amazing, but this is cream, not milk.
I keep telling you, milk is amazing because cream is also made from milk.
Milk is amazing!
It can do so many things.
It so hard to remember them all.
I know, why don't we make a list?
This is a cow.
Cows produce milk.
On top of the milk, there is a layer of thicker stuff, and that's actually the cream and you can remove that from the milk.
So Sally that means the cow produces the milk and you scoop the cream from off the milk and that is where cream comes from.
That's right Possum.
Now, to make butter, you need to separate the two parts of the cream.
..and there's buttermilk.
All these different things come from milk.
Milk really is amazing.
Are you ready to make butter?
You put that on the table and I'll grab a jar.
Now can you pour the cream into the jar?
Pop the lid on.
Sally, it hasn't changed.
It's still cream.
It hasn't become butter yet.
No, it's not as easy as that.
We need to work hard now.
What do you mean, work?
Well, you need to shake the jar and keep shaking.
It hasn't changed.
I said you have to work.
It isn't going to be an easy task.
You need to work hard and shake it for quite a while.
Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake.
It's not ready yet.
It hasn't turned into butter.
You need to keep shaking it.
Why don't we go for a walk in the garden and while we do that, you can keep shaking, ok?
Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake.
Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake.
Can you see any changes?
Hm, it's too thick.
I can't see inside.
Why don't you open it up and have a look?
Ah, that's not butter.
It's actually whipped cream.
You need to shake it some more Possum.
While you're shaking that, why don't we watch children learning about cheese and how that also comes from milk.
They are going to a very special place to watch cheese being made.
That was fantastic.
They took the milk and they made all those different cheeses from it.
That's just amazing.
They are so clever.
Yes, it truly is amazing Possum.
Yeah, and it's just amazing to think that butter can be turned into cheese and we're turning milk into butter.
Possum, do you think it's butter?
Let's have look.
Are we amazing people?
Let's see if the cream has turned into butter.
Sally, let's have a look.
Right, now, cream…
There's this and that and, oh…
It hasn't separated yet.
You're right Possum.
It hasn't separated.
We need to shake it some more, ok?
Are you ready?
Look, it's the butter but what's all that liquid stuff?
That liquid stuff is the buttermilk.
So the stuff that is solid is the butter.
Can you scoop out the butter?
Let me get a bowl for you.
I'm going to pour and all the buttermilk will pour out.
See, it separated now.
There's the buttermilk and there is the butter in the jar.
Look, we've got butter.
Now I can butter my toast.
What have we got?
We've got milk, cream, buttermilk, butter and cheese.
Hang on Possum.
Oh, there it is.
What's that one?
Have a look.
Oh, and cheese.
Good job Possum.
Sally, just imagine, that if I hadn't used all the butter this morning, we would never have had the chance to learn about milk and all the different things that come from it.
That's very true Possum.
Making butter was really good fun but it was hard work.
It's much easier to go to the shop and buy it but it's been really worthwhile making our own butter because now we know where it comes from and how it's made.
Sally, do you want more butter?
Ooh, yes please.
It is only a little bit of water dripping from the tap, but what happens when it keeps going drip, drip, drip? Possum and Skip to the rescue.
Sally, you look concerned.
Well, my tap just started to leak and as much as I try to tighten the tap, it's not stopping.
I do hate wasting water.
I want to stop the leak.
Oh, it's only a small amount, it doesn't matter.
Well, you're right.
One drip doesn't matter but many, many drips can end up being a lot of water.
Would you like a glass of water?
Get the glass.
Now, put your glass under the tap and leave it there and we can let the drips fill it.
That won't happen Sally.
Well, just leave it down there and let's see what happens.
OK, you leave it there, and let's go for a walk and then when we come back, we will check and see what's happened.
Oh, what a lovely walk through the garden.
Did you see how well the vegetables and plants have grown?
Sally, I didn't see you duck back inside while we were out.
That was quick.
I didn't go anywhere without you.
I was with you the whole time.
Well, how did this get full?
The drip kept dripping, and that's why it's full.
I wonder what would happen if we left it there all day!
It would fill right to the top!
What if we left it for a week?
Well, it's a good idea to do experiments but I do have a problem.
What's the problem?
To investigate that water, I'd have to pay for it.
It's not free.
And we would just be wasting all that water and I'd have to pay a lot of money for that.
I'm so sorry, I've been wasting water!
I'm so wasteful!
Well, yesterday, I watered the garden and I had a shower, and wasted all that water.
You've been using the water.
It's just different when you've got a leaky tap and it goes straight down the drain.
That's a waste of water.
I do hate waste.
We need to stop this leak.
Oh, I can do that.
I'm very strong.
Look, I have tried Possum, and it's still running.
Well, you're not as strong as me, though, are you Sally?
Now, watch me.
I can't do it.
It doesn't matter how strong you are and how hard you turn the tap, that's not going to help because the problem is inside the tap.
We need to get someone to come in and fix it.
Oh, we could get Amanda to come over.
Well, Amanda's great with things made of wood.
I'm not sure she'd know how to fix a tap or pipes.
We'd need to call a plumber for that.
Actually, Skip has got all sorts of different tools.
He may be able to come over and fix the tap and stop the leak.
Oh really, because I do hate wasting water.
I hate wasting things in general, really.
I'd rather reuse things.
Things like what, Sally?
Well, I don't like just throwing things in the bin.
I know, why don't we watch some children using different types of scraps to make a collage?
They looked so good.
What beautiful collages they made.
Can I make one?
Yes, of course you can make one but first I think we should get Skip to come over and fix the tap, ok?
Can you go and get him?
Ha ha ha.
Oh, that's my tree.
Oh, hello Possum.
Have a look at what I'm drawing here.
Is it a rocket?
No, it's not a rocket Possum.
These are scrap pieces of things I have.
I don't like throwing things in the rubbish.
I thought I'd make something out of them.
Ah, perhaps a…a marble run or even a…or a coin run.
Ooh, it's hard to decide.
That reminds me of the time I was sailing round the coast of New Zealand and we didn't know whether we'd go round to the north or the south.
Oh, anyway, can I help you Possum?
Well, Sally's kitchen tap is leaking, Sally went to tighten it, but it's still leaking.
I'm nice and strong and I thought I could tighten it but it's still leaking.
So, Sally asked me, "go get Skip because he'll be able to tighten it."
What now Possum, you are strong?
You don't need to be strong to turn a tap off.
You can do it gently.
The problem will be inside the tap.
A thing called a washer.
It might have cracked from tightening the tap too much and that's why it's leaking.
The more cracked it gets, the more it will leak.
Oh, I get it!
Let me think what tools I'll need.
Now, we'll pack what we need in here.
Yes, yes, yes.
Oh, and just in case.
I might need these.
Big and small.
Now, have a look in here.
Yeah, I might need that.
Ah, remember what I explained to you about a washer?
Well, that's what it is.
Ah, we'll need that.
I'll carry it.
Let's go Skip.
Sally, we're here to fix your leaky tap.
Oh, that's great, thank you!
Is there anything you need to fill up with water, because I'll be turning the mains off.
Oh, no, I've already filled up my kettle.
I can't think of anything else.
Oh, this is very important.
Ah, and that one.
Oh, no, too big.
Ah, yep, that one.
Well, I've turned the mains back on.
We should see if it's fixed.
Oh, great, there's no more leak.
Well done Skip.
You fixed it.
No more leak.
Right, that's great.
You're welcome, you're welcome.
I really do hate wasting water or anything, for that matter.
If you have a leaky tap, you can waste a lot of water down the drain.
Would you like a cup of tea Skip?
We've worked so hard, my workmate and I, it reminds me of a time when we sprung a leak while we were sailing round Cape Horn.
Full sail, all hands on deck.
So Sally, can we make a collage now?
Out of all the scraps you've saved?
Can we do that?
You're collecting things to make some scrap art?
Sally, can I get the craft box?
Oh yes, off you go.
Oh, there's some good stuff there and I have something else to give you now.
Good, good, good.
Well, I have to go, though.
There's someone waiting for me.
I fixed her clock and she's here to pick it up.
Oh, alright then. Bye.
Oh, thank you, Possum.
In there, and that one, close it up.
These are all things that I could have thrown in the rubbish bin but I have kept them because scraps like these are very good for making lovely collages.
What would you like to make Possum?
Oh, well, I love it when I'm sitting in my tree.
I can see the beautiful blue sky, and the clouds through the branches, I can see the sun and all the pretty beetles in my tree.
It's so beautiful.
Can I make a collage like that?
Yes, of course you can.
What do we need?
First, we need the sky.
OK, so we need all the blue pieces.
What about clouds?
This looks like clouds.
We could use this.
Oh, and the sun?
Oh, yes, good point.
We could use this!
Oh, yeah, that'll work.
What about the branches?
Oh, yes, the branches.
It's a little bug with antennas.
Look! Look at these!
Oh, isn't this lovely?
Instead of wasting bits of scrap and throwing them in the bin, we can make beautiful art from it.
Remember the washers that Skip gave you?
Here they are.
That's them, isn't it?
Did you enjoy that Possum?
Oh, I like this!
Possum loves to draw but is he really looking carefully at what he is drawing? Wait until you see how much better he gets when he learns to look for details.
I was just playing some cricket.
It was so much fun and before that, I was watering the garden.
It was great.
I was playing some soccer too and I kicked a great goal.
Hmm, what should I do now, though?
Why don't I draw?
Hmm, what should I draw, though?
Yeah, that's great.
What shall I draw next?
Oh, the bench!
I could draw a picture of Sally's face.
Sally, your hair looks beautiful.
What were you doing outside, Possum?
Oh, the usual – just playing some soccer.
Um, watering the garden and playing some cricket and I did something new.
Oh, what did you do?
I was drawing.
Oh, drawing, that's a wonderful thing.
Sally, I really like drawing, but I'm not sure why I enjoy it so much.
Well, drawing is a very important thing for many different reasons.
It's good to look at something and then to draw it.
Or paint it and to draw the same thing as you've seen helps you remember what it really looks like.
Also, you have feelings when it comes to certain things, and if you draw or paint about them, then what you've drawn or painted can show how you are feeling.
I know Sally, I have an idea.
I want to draw you!
Yes, I'd love to draw your face.
Oh, that's funny Possum.
I guess it's lucky that I've just brushed my hair.
Sally, when you were brushing your hair, you were looking in the mirror.
Can you brush your hair without the mirror?
Oh, yes, I can, but you know my hair is very curly, and if I didn't have the mirror there, I might miss some parts and it wouldn't be very neat and tidy.
So I've got the mirror there so I can see what I'm doing.
What were you drawing outside?
Oh, that's beautiful.
That's my tree.
Oh, yes, I can see that's your tree.
But…there's no door.
Oh, you're right and I can see the cricket ball and the branches.
Do they look like the ones on your tree?
What else did you draw Possum?
Oh, that's the bench and I can see the soccer ball.
Oh, the ball's a bit big, isn't it?
Yes, it's very big, isn't it and the chair isn't straight, is it?
There's no way I could sit on it.
I'd slide off!
You're always very careful when you draw things, but today is different, though.
I think you need to practise a bit more.
You have to carefully draw what you're seeing, especially before you draw my face.
If you don't practise, you might draw me with a very, very big nose, and I might look like a football!
Oh, that's funny!
I think it's important that you do practise.
Maybe you could draw your own face first?
Can you go get the easel?
Ah, oh, this one, yes.
Oh, and another one.
Great, that's lovely, Possum, it's really nice.
You know how I was brushing my hair earlier?
How did I know if my hair was neat and tidy and not all messy?
How could I tell?
Hmm – the mirror!
You were using the mirror.
Yes, that's right, I could see my reflection.
Maybe if you looked in the mirror, you'd be able to draw your reflection too.
Shall we get the mirror?
Sally, I'm ready.
Well, what you need to remember is to get your features in the right place on your face and try to make them the right size too.
You have to be very careful.
Now, feel your ears and have a look at the size of them.
Are they the same?
And then look at your picture.
Sally, it's wrong,
I've got one big ear and one small ear and my eyes aren't straight either!
It was a really good try Possum.
Would you like to try drawing your picture one more time?
You must look in the mirror and then draw what you see and make sure you get everything in the right place, OK?
You were so careful.
You looked hard in the mirror and then worked out where to draw your lines.
It looks great Possum.
Artists can have very different ways to draw a picture but they're all very careful about where they draw their lines.
Even when they're painting, they're always very careful with their brush strokes.
I really enjoy watching artists drawing or painting their pictures.
Oh, that has given me an idea.
Why don't we watch some children watching an artist paint a picture?
Where is Possum?
He's up the tree.
The moon will rise.
Wasn't he an amazing painter?
The way he painted that possum was brilliant.
I've learned so much from him.
Yeah, he was great at painting those trees and I agree, that was a great-looking possum.
Yes, that man was brilliant at using paint.
Sally, I need to practise my drawing more.
Before, I got too excited and rushed and it didn't look right.
That's right, and I also need to practise too Possum.
There's an apple in that basket.
I'm going to draw that.
I'm going to copy it very carefully and draw it on to a piece of paper.
I'm going to make sure it looks round like the apple, and not flat.
Oh, that's a great idea Sally.
I'm going to practise too.
I'm going to go outside and when I've finished my beautiful drawing, I'm going to come back in and then draw your face.
Ready, let's go.
Ooh, it's beautiful.
Possum, did you like my drawing of the apple?
Oh, yes, it was delicious.
No, you mean it LOOKS delicious.
No, no, no, it WAS delicious.
Oh, Possum, you are teasing me.
Oh, you have taken bites out of your apple.
That looks fantastic.
What a great drawing.
You have improved so much.
I think you are ready to draw me now.
Now, ok, stand over there.
I've had two cups of tea and two glasses of water and I'm still waiting.
He really must be being very careful with his drawing.
Sally, I think I'm finished.
There's a little bit more polishing to do, but I can do that later.
Can I show you?
Oh, yes, please.
Oh, I wonder what it looks like?
Oh, me – wow!
Does that look like me?
Oh, wow Possum, this is just brilliant.
We have learned so much today about drawing, haven't we?
Does it look like me?
Yes, looks the same.
Possum seems to think that the more flowers he puts into the vase, the better it will look. Then he learns how to find odd and even numbers and arranges the flowers in the vase to look nice.
Op, op, op.
Ooh, Sally's been sitting there for a long time.
She seems to be thinking about something.
My mind was elsewhere.
Do you want to come and play soccer?
Oh, no, thank you.
Sally, are you sad?
No, not really.
I have a friend of mine who's quite sick, unfortunately.
I've just been thinking about them and I'm feeling a little bit down, I think.
A bit sad.
I'd like to give them something to cheer them up but I don't know what they'd like.
Sally, you're such a good friend.
Oh, I have an idea.
Why don't you give them some chocolate?
Well, my friend is sick.
I don't think they're going to want to eat chocolate.
Well, we can give it to them and if she doesn't want it, then we can get it back and eat it all.
You're so funny.
No, I'm not going to give her chocolate.
We could give her lots of vegetables.
Oh, that's a good idea but I'm not too sure what she is allowed to eat because she's still sick.
I want to give her something that will make her feel happy and bring a smile to her face and brighten her up.
I just don't know what.
Can I draw a picture and give it to her?
Oh, that's a great idea Possum.
Do you remember the cards that we made with all of the different shapes and colours?
Perhaps we can write "get well soon" on a card.
Oh, that's a great idea.
I know what I can give her.
I can give her a bunch of flowers.
I remember when you were sick once and then a delivery person, like Jay, came and delivered some flowers for you.
The person who works at the flower shop sells all sorts of different flowers.
I was actually thinking that we can cut some of the flowers that I have in the garden.
Then, we can make our own bunch of flowers to give to my friend.
I have scissors.
I'll go get them.
I'll get mine.
That one's nice.
That's a lot of flowers.
I thought you were just going to cut a few, but you've cut so many.
Well, I thought you wanted help, so I just cut them all and brought them in for you.
That's lovely of you Possum, but I don't think you've actually learnt how to arrange flowers yet, have you?
Do you know what to do with them?
Ah, it's easy.
I just put all the flowers into the vase because all flowers look good.
Oh, you think it's as easy as that?
I think you might find it's a little bit harder to arrange flowers than you think.
Nah, it's easy!
OK, then, you try it.
That one, that one, this one, that one.
Sally, this friend of yours, are they a good friend?
Sally, are they a close friend?
Oh, yes, she is a very dear friend.
Flower arranging is a very special thing.
It really is an art because you must think about colours, sizes and patterns.
You put your thoughts and feelings into arranging the flowers, and when a person receives that bunch, they've got a sense of what the person who made it was feeling.
Possum, I think we should watch some children learning from a florist about flower arranging.
There is a bit too much in there, isn't there?
Let's watch, so I can learn something.
I am giving this to my mother.
This for my mother because I love her.
Thank you for teaching us about flower arranging.
Flowers are beautiful.
I learnt so much.
There's just too much in the vase.
I need to start again.
We need to think about the colours and the shapes to make sure it fits.
I learned so much, too.
The lady who did all of the flower arranging is called a florist.
She is an expert on which colours look good together and how to blend them.
If you look, she often used an odd number of flowers.
What does 'odd' mean?
An even number means that every flower has a partner.
If there's one left over then the number of flowers is odd.
Um, I don't think I understand.
Can you show me what you mean?
We can use these flowers.
Here we have one, and then I put another one with it, and that makes two flowers.
So that's even.
It's an even number.
Now, if I add an extra flower.
Yeah, that one is not in a pair.
Does it have a partner?
So that means it's an odd number.
Is this even?
Yes, it is, because there's two pairs.
Oh, oh, and this is odd?
Two, two, one.
Ah, I've got it now.
Ok, are you ready?
Let's take them all out.
Would you like to start arranging the flowers?
Where do we start?
Which flower would you like to start with first?
The yellow ones.
The yellow ones?
I want them low, so I will have to cut them.
You can cut that.
So, you've got three of them.
Yes, it's odd!
That's right, five.
That's an odd number as well.
Remember, not too short.
We want them a bit longer than the other ones.
What about some of this green stuff?
Oh, that is beautiful.
Do we need any more?
I think it's finished.
Yes, I think you're right.
It is finished.
It looks lovely.
Now it looks like a real piece of art and we've got plenty of flowers left over, too.
Should we make another one for ourselves?
Can you do that while I go get something to make a card with?
Would you like me to write your name or would you like to write it yourself?
I can do it.
Your writing is so neat.
I don't think I could write that neatly.
Well, that doesn't matter.
Anyway, I know how to spell my name.
Oh, isn't this a lovely card?
It says, "Get well soon."
"..Sally and Possum."
I learned so much today about flowers and the right way to arrange them with shapes and colours, and also about odd and even numbers.
Sally, I made a second bunch for a friend of mine.
I'm going to give it to them now.
Oh, that's lovely.
I'm going to go now.
Oh, I wonder who that is?
This is for you Sally!
Oh, for me?
You shouldn't have!
How very thoughtful of you.
These flowers are beautiful.
Doesn't it look beautiful?
Oh, look at these colours.
What a lovely blend.
There are lots of different ways to move. Who else comes to Possum School today? Sally has a special lesson to teach Possum.
Oh Possum, I feel so bad that I didn't make you any muffins.
Oh, that's alright Sally.
Oh Sally, look!
Oh, hi everyone.
Sally and I are having a drink and a think.
I did tell Possum that I was going to bake some muffins.
Unfortunately, time got away from me and I didn't make any.
Ah, that's alright.
Oh, the light's flashing.
I wonder who it is.
Let's go see.
Come over here Skip.
I was at home in my galley, and I've made far too many of these, and I thought that I'd bring some for you.
See what they are.
Oh, how lovely!
Thank you so much!
We were just talking about muffins, and here you are, bringing us some.
Um, Skip, what's a "galley?"
Well, a galley is another name for a kitchen, but a galley is a ship's kitchen.
Is it like this kitchen here?
Is it the same?
Oh, no, I don't think it would be.
Well, boats sail upon the waters, and things rock and sway a lot, and if we didn't have things secured, they'd fall over so, in a galley, everything is tied down, everything is fixed in its place.
That's what a galley is.
Mine at home is really just a kitchen, but I like to call it my galley.
The kitchen really is a wonderful place because you can cook and you can sit and have conversations, and there are many other fun things you can do too!
A galley is very small.
It's only really for cooking.
Oh, yes, I do like my kitchen!
I've learned a new word!
I know many words and two of my favourite words, possum and school.
I didn't know you had a school.
Yes, I do!
Well, why don't we have another school day?
Oh, Skip, can you come?
He's going to need a name tag.
Skip, Possum loves going to school.
You would really enjoy yourself.
I'm willing to come but could I have a cup of tea first?
Well, why don't we have a muffin and a cup of tea and, Possum, you can go and get school ready.
Now, hold on.
You're funny Possum.
You're so excited, you're hopping.
I'm so excited to learn.
I've got a name tag ready for him.
Right, what are we going to learn about?
Come on, let's go, let's go!
Oh, we could learn more about angles or types of tools.
Yeah, come on!
Oh, that would be good, but with Possum so excited, and watching the way he's moving, and because you are coming to HIS school, why don't we have a moving school?
Oh, but I've just set it all up.
Oh, well, where are we going to move it to?
I don't mean we're going to move YOUR school.
We're going to go to your school and learn about how different things move.
Oh, please don't forget that I'm not as young or as strong as this energetic possum.
Oh, what are we going to learn about?
What things are we going to move?
Come on, what?
Well, why don't we watch some children so that we can learn about different ways to move?
Those children were so very clever.
That was amazing!
I want to learn.
Come on, Skip, let's go.
And his bag.
To the easel.
Come on over here.
put that there.
Everyone is in attendance for class.
Are we ready?
Shall we start?
Yep, come on, Skip, let's sit down.
No, no, no, we're not going to be sitting today.
We're going to be moving around.
Skip, can you please help me move the table and chairs out of the way?
OK, come on, Skip.
Alright, come on, Skip, come on.
Now, I want you two to think of two different ways that people can move.
Oh, I know two.
Skip and jump.
I was doing that this morning, skip and jump.
Now, what else can you think of?
Not run, but walk.
Oh, I know, roll.
Oh, that's a good one.
Right, now, we've got a list here of different ways we can move.
I'm going to point and you will have to do the action.
Da, da-da, da-da, da, da…
Da, da-da, da…
Hop, hop, hop, hop!
Oh! Oh! Ha-ha!
No, no, no, no.
Now, Skip, you mentioned earlier about the movement that happens on a boat.
Was it rock and sway?
Could you show us?
Oh, yes. Mm.
Rock and sway.
Oh, uh, do you two go on excursions?
Here at Possum School, we love going on excursions.
There's something special I'd like to show you.
Come on, Sally, ok?
Chooga-chooga, chooga-chooga, chooga-chooga-chooga. Ohhh, ohhh!
Skip, can I go upstairs now?
Yes, you can!
Now, I know you've been wanting to go up there for quite some time, and now is the right moment.
The crow's nest is ready!
It's a very, very special thing for me.
I can explain more later, but for now, you can go up!
Sally, would you like to go up?
Oh, yes, please!
It looks great!
Yes, it does!
My tree, Sally.
Oh, yes, it is!
Look, that's your tree.
That's my tree and look, Possum, in the distance.
You can see the sea!
Oh, yes, I CAN see it!
Oh, it looks great!
The reason I love having my crow's nest…
is it takes me back to my days when I worked upon the ships.
When I stand up here, it brings back fond memories of rough oceans and the sea breeze on my face.
I do love it!
I'm going to head down and get some food.
You both have fun.
And why don't you imagine swaying and rocking up on the crow's nest, as if you're on a real ship?
Let's imagine we are on the waves and we're rocking and swaying and the waves are coming up.
Look, it's a big wave!
Oh, look over there!
Oh, look at this wave, Sally!
Look at this big wave.
Oh, that's a big wave too!
I'm getting wet.
Oh, it's so windy.
Oh, look down there Sally.
Oh, look over there Sally.
Look at them darting in and out of the water.
Hold on Sally, hold on.
Oh, look, it's Skip!
Have some food.
That looked like so much fun.
Oh, yes, thank you.
I was just thinking, we've had a wonderful time today, haven't we, Possum?
Oh, yes, I enjoyed Possum School today.
I learned so many different movements.
Oh, this has been the best school excursion ever.
Thank you, Skip.
I'm very happy to show you.
See you next time!
Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum.
What makes things move? Sometimes we push and sometimes we pull and then sometimes, things just seem to fall. There is a lot for Possum to learn about pushes and pulls.
Oh, that was such fun.
Well, it might be time for us to go into the garden.
Oh, hello everyone.
Sally, I really enjoyed pushing you in the go-kart.
It was such good fun.
Yes. You pushed me a very long way.
It was a great push.
I wonder if I could pull it.
Would you like to help me in the garden?
I'm just going to put my boots on.
Oh, you sit down, I'll get them.
Sally, would you like some help?
I could push them on for you.
Oh, no, I can do that.
I can pull them on myself, thanks.
I'll pull them on.
Possum, what's this rope for?
What's all this?
Sally, I wanted to move my tree closer to your house.
So, I was thinking that pushing my tree would be a bit too hard, so I decided to pull it and that's why I've got the rope around the tree.
Sally, I pulled and pulled and pulled, but as strong as I am, the tree didn't move.
Sally, can you help me?
Well, look at how big your tree is.
It has very big branches.
It would be very heavy and it will have nice, long roots that won't be able to move.
I don't think we could move your tree, but I'm happy to try.
It's stuck. It can't move.
Ooh, I know. I'll go around the tree and I'll push.
You can pull.
Off you go.
It's stuck Sally.
Yes, it IS stuck.
It will have to stay there.
I know something that you could push.
Have a look over there.
You could push that into the garden.
OK, I'll help.
Look, it's Skip.
Oh, it's such a lovely day, isn't it?
Yes, it's a lovely day.
I love standing up here and enjoying the breeze.
Oh, well, I'm learning lots about pull and push, and all the different ways that you can push and pull.
Oh, even like climbing up my tree.
I was pulling with my hands and pushing with my feet.
It's like on a boat.
There's lots of climbing and pulling and pushing, especially to pull the sails up.
Watch – I'll show you.
I remember how sails work.
The wind pushes the sail and the sails make the boat move.
Well, I have to go.
There's a bowerbird nest that I want to keep an eye on.
I think the eggs might be about to hatch, so I want to go check it out.
Ok, see you.
I'm going to go help Sally.
Ok, but be careful that gravity doesn't pull you down too quickly.
Ooh, ooh, ooh!
Oh Sally, luckily you caught it.
I was up there chatting with Skip and then I knocked the apple down.
Luckily, you caught it and didn't hit you on the head.
I got a bit of a fright seeing it fall down.
It was good that I caught it.
Sally, Skip was talking about something.
What is that?
Funny you should ask me that.
We've been talking about push and pull.
They're called forces.
There are all sorts of forces around us.
One of those forces is gravity.
Gravity means when we're standing on the earth and we jump, we don't float away, do we?
We come back down to the earth because of gravity.
This is why everything stays on the earth.
Just like when you were at the top of your tree and you dropped the apple.
It didn't float away, did it?
It came straight down to the ground.
Oh, but Sally, I can't see gravity, can I?
That's right, you can't see it.
It's like the wind.
We know it's there all around us, but we can't actually see it.
Oh, that makes sense.
It's like when my tree sways in the breeze.
We have done some great work in the garden.
I think we're all finished, and now I would like a cold drink of water.
Oh, hang on Sally.
I need to close my door first.
I closed my door by pulling it but to open it, I need to push it.
Let's look at your door Sally.
Ooh, yes, let's look.
What happens if you go inside?
Oh, come on.
Right, now, look, Sally.
Push to close.
And…pull to open.
Ah, that's great.
I think I need some paper, so I can write 'pull' and 'push' on them, so that everyone knows the right way to open and close the door.
What a great idea.
Let's do that now.
We can make some signs to put up.
I'll pour the drinks.
I'll get the craft box.
Now, how do I write 'pull' and 'push'?
Oh, well, I can show you.
P-U-L-L is 'pull'.
P-U-S-H is 'push'.
Oh, doesn't that look good?
I've just thought of something.
Have a close look Possum.
All three of you have something in common.
Yes, that's right Possum, you all start with the letter P.
Right, how do I write 'open' and 'close'?
Alright, I can show you that.
Ok, I'll write them down.
Oh, that looks great Possum!
I really do like that.
So, Sally, to open the door we need to pull it open and to close, we need to push, close.
Now Sally, there is one more very important door in here.
Oh, that's great Possum.
Why don't we watch some children learning about different things you can push and pull?
Ok, let's watch.
Oh, yeah, that looked like a lot of fun.
Sally, I need to go outside and make some more signs for the rest of the doors, ok?
You go and have fun Possum.
That says 'push'.
Oh, and this one.
Quick, and over this side.
Oh, that says 'push' as well.
Yeah and now, Sally, there's one more.
I think that should say 'push' because you push me in the go-kart.
No, no, I've been thinking hard about this and I've figured something out.
Oh, you're going to pull!
Yes, sit down.
In you get.
I really enjoyed that.
Sally, I enjoyed pushing you and pulling you.
That was super fun.
Yes Possum, you've learnt a lot about push and pull, haven't you?
Now, Sally, my turn.
Turn it round.
That looks like the start of a book. Sally and Possum begin to finish the book. They decide to invite some friends over to celebrate the first reading!
Possum and I are doing some of our favourite things today.
I'm reading a book and Possum's drawing.
Are you enjoying it, Sally?
Is it a good book?
It was a great book!
I couldn't stop reading it but now I've finished it so I'll have to find another one to read.
Sally, you love reading books, don't you?
You have so many of them but why do you like reading them so much?
I love the people who write the books, and their ideas and the stories they come with.
It's so interesting!
What are you drawing?
This is the top of my tree.
Ah, but where are you?
This morning, I went out to look for you.
I looked everywhere!
I even looked at the top of your tree, but you weren't there.
Where were you?
Oh, I was halfway up my tree.
Sally, I have an idea!
Why don't WE write a book?
Oh, tell me more!
We could call it "Where Is Possum?"
Oh, yes and you could say, "Here I am."
Well, that would be a boring book.
We need to make it more interesting.
Do you really want to write a book, Possum?
Now…well, I'm a very good drawer, so I'll do the drawing and you could write the words.
Oh, yes, that sounds fair.
We can work as a team.
I'll write and you can draw the pictures.
Can we change the title to "Where Is Sally?"
We need to keep it as "Where Is Possum?", because I'm always looking for you.
So, we should keep it as that title.
Now, write, "Where is Possum?"
Now, "Is he here?"
Now, can you please draw the picture of the kitchen, but with no Possum in it?
No, no, Sally.
I can draw the pictures later.
Can you put, "No, Possum's not in the kitchen"?
I can write that.
Oh, is that the end?
Oh, no, no, no, no!
We need some more of the story.
We do need to make it more interesting.
I have an idea!
When I'm drawing the picture, I can put my tail just going out the door, so the children will know that Possum has gone somewhere.
I can write, "Where did he go?"
Oh Sally, I'm so excited!
I could jump like a kangaroo!
Shall I write, "Possum can jump like a kangaroo"?
That's not part of the story.
We're trying to find Possum.
I know what to write.
This is what I've written.
It says, "Is Possum here?
"Possum can jump but he's not with the kangaroos."
Oh, and next, we can write, "Where did he go?"
I can see a pattern in our story.
It starts with, "Is Possum here?"
Then we look for him in places he might be, and end with, "Where did he go?"
So now, what would you like to write?
What else do I like doing?
Why don't you think about the things that you DO like and we can find an animal that does those things too?
I like water, Sally.
Oh, that's good. What animal should we have – a fish or a frog?
Is Possum here?
Possum likes water but he's not with the fish.
Where did he go?
Oh, that's good.
I'll write that now.
Why don't we go outside for a while and see if the fresh air helps us think up some more ideas for our story?
Lovely fresh air!
I do like dogs.
Hmm. What do dogs love doing?
Well, dogs love digging.
Perhaps we can write 'dog' and 'dig'.
I'll write the rest of the story later.
We'll just make notes for now.
This is hard Sally.
Yes, it's hard to think about what to put in.
Writing a story can be quite difficult, but we've made a great start though Possum.
Maybe our brains just need a bit of a break and then, some story ideas will come to us, I'm sure.
First, why don't we watch some children learning how to tell stories?
This one time, when I was with my family, we looked out the window and we saw a possum.
We tried to give it some food but the possum was just sitting there, looking around and it saw the food we were trying to give it and it quickly snatched it up and ate it all.
I went to the beach and I really, really enjoyed it.
It was a long ride to get there but it was such a beautiful day.
There were no flies and I really love going to the beach.
I can remember when I went swimming, I got splashed and dumped three times.
It was so funny.
My sister, who is Deaf, and my mum and I went up to Cairns, and we all went to the zoo there.
We saw lots of crocodiles but my favourite animal was the kookaburra because we could pat it and it was so soft and tame.
We had the best time!
This one weekend, my family drove a long way to a sea park.
We watched the dolphin show and saw the dolphins do their tricks and I was looking around, and to my surprise, I saw a friend of mine, so we moved our chairs together and sat down and had a lovely chat.
That was fantastic, the way they told their stories.
They were so interesting.
Those children have really learnt how to tell stories in Auslan.
It was fantastic.
What's next, Sally?
Oh, I do love digging in my garden!
It makes me quite hot, but I really enjoy it and I know Possum loves to dig too.
So, it gave me the great idea of including it in the story but then, I remembered it was already there.
I'll tell Possum what I've done and he will laugh too.
I'll go find him.
Possum is missing again.
He's always disappearing and I have to look for him.
That's why we're calling the book "Where Is Possum?"
Have you seen him?
Oh Sally, you know I love to climb my tree.
Well, I was up in my tree, having a break, and I had an idea.
I saw a spider.
Sally, can we put that in the story?
Oh, yes, of course we can!
Great, and Possum, I had a great idea too.
I was so excited because I thought we could add 'dig' into our story but then I remembered it was already in there!
Never mind but we do need one more thing.
What could it be?
When you were at the top of your tree, did you see any other animals?
I saw a bird.
Well, that's good, but I can't fly.
Oh, that doesn't matter.
We can change the pattern to end the story.
If we have read through the story and the last part is different, then we know the story is coming to an end.
Why don't we go into the kitchen now?
Hang on Sally!
We started the story in the kitchen.
That's where the first page was and we can finish the story in the kitchen too.
Oh, great idea!
I'll do all the writing and you can draw the pictures but then, there will be one more thing to do.
What is it, Sally?!
Oh, I'm so excited!
Well, we're going to have a book launch.
That's where we showcase our brand-new book and our friends can come see us read it and they can tell us how much they loved it, and we'll get lots of applause.
Oh, I'm nervous.
Here they come.
Let them in.
Come in, come in, take a seat.
Have a seat.
Thank you very much for coming here today.
Possum and I have written a book and now we would like to launch it.
The book is titled Where Is Possum?
I'll read it for you today.
"Where is Possum?"
"Is he in here?
He is not in the kitchen.
"Where did he go?"
"Is Possum here?"
Possum can jump.
Yeah, but he is not with the kangaroos.
Look, there he is!
Possum likes water.
Yes, but he is not with the fish.
Possum can dig.
Yes, but he is not with the dog.
Possum can climb, but he is not with the spider.
Possum cannot fly like a bird.
Possum, where have you been?
I've been here.
That was wonderful!
Wait, wait, wait!
I have a book for each of you.
Yes, he does!
That's for you, Pauline.
Oh, and you, Tracey.
Wow and you, Amanda.
Thank you, Possum.
What a lovely story.
I loved your book!
I'm going to keep this.
Can you sign my book for me, please?
Oh, they're lovely.