Watch Sally and Possum season 6.
Possum loves to study things carefully. Sometimes things are small and hard to see. What a difference a magnifying glass can make!
And I'm Possum.
Possum is looking very closely at these leaves.
I know he loves learning.
I wonder what he's so interested in.
Oh hi, Sally.
It's such a beautiful day.
Oh yes, it is.
Sally, are you reading a book?
Are you enjoying it?
Oh yes, I am enjoying reading my book.
Are you enjoying reading those leaves?
You're funny Sally.
Yes, I'm joking with you.
Anyway, I'm looking at them very, very carefully.
I'm trying to see them as clearly as I can, but some of the things I was looking at were very tiny and I can't see them very well.
This one's smooth, and on the other side, it's got fur on it.
That fur – is that the same as your fur?
You're joking again!
I shouldn't tease.
Anyway Sally, these things that I can't see very well, is there something I can use to make them clearer?
Skip has got all sorts of things that can make things appear bigger.
Yeah, that's right!
He has binoculars and a telescope.
Is there something else that I can use to see things more clearly?
Can I go ask him?
Go ask him.
Yes, yes, yes.
Oh hello, Possum.
Now, just wait a moment, please.
I'm almost finished.
No, no, no.
Skip, I didn't want to interrupt you.
I know using your hands is very important to do your job.
Yes, I do need my hands for this job and I can't talk to you while I'm doing that.
Thank you for your patience.
Skip, what are you doing?
Well, this is part of a computer from a boat, and it wasn't working, and I found the problem is this.
Oh, but that's so small!
How can you see that to fix it?
Well, have a look through here.
It's a magnifying glass.
Go on, have a look.
Ohhh, that's great!
I was just talking with Sally because I was looking at some leaves and they were so hard to see clearly, and Sally said that you would have something to make it easier for me to see.
Is that it?
This is a magnifying glass.
Is that the same glass as a window?
I put my hand underneath it and it makes it look bigger but my hand hasn't grown.
How does that happen?
Your hand stays the same.
Why don't you go have a look at the window over there?
Go and have a look.
Now have a look at the magnifying glass.
So, what did you feel?
Well, it…it was curved, and what did the window feel like?
It was flat.
That one is flat and this one is curved.
It's interesting how it works.
What happens is the light comes through the magnifying glass and gets bent, and that's why things look bigger.
It is interesting.
Light works in many different ways and the best way to see light working a different way is a rainbow, because it gets bent to form colours.
Oh, I love rainbows.
I remember once, sitting at the top of my tree and seeing a beautiful rainbow.
Yes, I remember when I was sailing on the sea, I'd see rainbows all the time.
Oh, they were lovely.
Oh Possum, I have a friend who's interested in science and I like talking to them and learning something new.
Now, I have something for you.
This magnifying glass is now yours.
The most important thing you need to do is look after it well.
When you're finished using it, you should keep it in a safe place.
Please don't leave it lying around.
Oh, I will look after it and keep it very safe.
Skip, can I go show Sally now?
I can see you're very excited?
Oh, yes, I am. I want to have a look at my leaves up close.
Nice and big!
Did you have a good time at Skip's shed?
Oh yes, I did and now I have a new job.
I am Possum the Magnifier.
Well, that's great.
Is that Skip's magnifying glass you've borrowed?
He gave it to me.
Skip looked at me and he said, "You are a brilliant researcher, Possum", and he knows I love looking at things.
So, he's given this to me but he said I must be very, very careful and when I'm finished with it, to put it away safely.
Oh, that's great.
That was very nice of Skip.
He gave you some good advice about being careful to put things away when you're done with them.
That is great!
I saw you looking at those things with the magnifying glass before.
What else are you going to look at now?
Oh, I might go look at my tree, and the leaves!
Hmm, what else is there?
I need some ideas.
I'm sure you'll get more ideas, but first, why don't we watch some children learning about what tools you can use to magnify things and make things bigger?
That might give me some more ideas.
Yeah, let's watch!
Oh, that was great!
Those kids learnt so many different ways to magnify things.
Oh, I want to learn even more about telescopes and microscopes and magnifying glasses.
Oh, do you remember when we went sailing and Skip let us borrow his little telescope?
Ah, that's right, yeah!
Yes, and there are some very big telescopes in the world that bring the stars and the moon closer to us when we look through them.
Now, those ones are called telescopes but there are also microscopes that we can use.
They're for things that are very small.
They're so tiny, you might not be able to see them.
So, you put them under the microscope and it makes them bigger, so you can see them.
Sally, now I'm going to go outside and look at my leaves again.
I'm going to go outside too.
I'm going to read my book out there.
I interrupted you.
Oh, that doesn't matter Possum.
You look like you're having such good fun.
I've almost finished my chapter.
Then I'll come over, ok?
Well, I'm going to draw these leaves and then I'll show you, ok?
Now look through the magnifying glass.
You see all those lines?
Oh, and Sally, this one!
This one's from my tree.
It's all green.
Now Sally, turn it over.
It's brown, and through the magnifying glass, it's furry!
Oh, and look at this one Sally.
Sally, you can see one long line.
It's green and smooth but look through the magnifying glass.
You can see lots of little lines.
Now Sally, I've drawn it all here and it looks great.
Oh, this is brilliant.
You have got such a great eye for detail Possum.
You are getting good use of that magnifying glass.
I think you could become a scientist.
Oh, I'd like to do that.
When I become Police Officer Possum, I could use my magnifying glass.
That would help me a lot.
Oh yes, it would!
You could use it all the time.
Oh, that's wonderful.
Well, our time is up.
Thanks for watching.
See you next time!
Now look, Sally…
Possum is good at counting, but sometimes he needs to record just how many he has counted. Sally teaches him how to tally. Now, what about all those tools in Skip's shed?
Oh, there it is.
One, two, three.
I wonder how many steps it would take from here to Sally's door.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10!
Oh, hi everyone.
Did you bring the carrots, Possum?
Yes, I've got three.
Oh, that's great!
It's easy to see three there.
Yes, you're right. There are three.
Sally, I was counting outside and it was much harder.
I was counting my steps from the garden to the kitchen.
Oh, it was hard.
Oh, I'm sure it would be a bigger number than three.
Well, it was.
There were 10 steps.
I can show you a different way to record what you count.
We can use tally marks.
I'm going to count.
1, 2, 3, 4 and the fifth mark is this way.
These are called tally marks.
That… Hmm, I'm confused.
How about I get the easel and we can draw some more?
Can you get the basket of fruit, please?
Alright, this is all the fruit we have.
Now, I'm going to show you how to count them by tallying them up.
Would you like to make the marks?
Yeah, can I?
There's the pen.
When I point to each piece of fruit, you make the mark.
And this one?
Good job Possum.
Now, can you tell me how many we've got altogether by counting the tally marks?
Possum, remember they're in groups of five.
See how many we've got.
5, 10, 15.
Um, 20, 25.
That's right, we've got 30 pieces of fruit altogether.
Wow, that's a lot of fruit.
This is a great way of counting big numbers so if we have lots of things to count, using tally marks is great.
There's another way we can count too.
We can split them into categories for the different types of fruit, ok?
Can you make three columns for me please?
Now, at the top of the first column, can you pick a piece of fruit and draw a picture of it?
Hmm, an apple perhaps?
Yeah, an apple!
Can you draw that please?
What's the next fruit you're going to draw?
Oh, that looks great!
Now, what's the last piece of fruit?
Oh, that looks fantastic!
Now, can you tally up how many apples, bananas and oranges we have?
Well done Possum.
Now, how many apples do we have all up?
Um… Oh, wait.
That's right, 14.
Would you like me to write 14, or do you want to do it?
Oh, you do it, Sally.
Now, how many bananas do we have?
Here you go.
Now, how many oranges?
Um… Oh, that's easy.
It's a nice and easy way to count things, isn't it?
Oh, thank you so much, Sally.
That dip looks delicious.
What is it?
Oh, that's hummus.
It is delicious.
Oh, Sally, thank you so much for teaching me to do tally marks.
Can I go see Skip and tell him that I now know how to do tally marks?
What a great idea!
While you're over there, why don't you give the hummus to Skip?
Hmm, what's this?
Oh, Sally has made hummus.
The carrots and the celery can be used as spoons.
Oh and it's extra special because you can eat them both.
That looks delicious but I can tell by your face that you're very excited.
Sally has just taught me how to count using tally marks so I can go 1, 2, 3, 4, and the fifth is a line through the middle.
Oh, that's a good and easy way to count.
Possum, tally marks are a useful way to work.
Oh, has Sally taught you about categories and then marking how many you've got of each?
She taught me by using fruit.
We used them as categories.
Skip, can I count something in here?
Oh, it would be great for you to count all my hammers.
Yeah, and my chisels.
Could you help me do that?
I'll get the easel.
Huh, huh, huh.
Oh Skip, Sally's here!
Oh well, hello, hello.
Possum, have you explained to Skip how you've been counting things?
Oh yes, he's very excited.
He'd like to count all my tools.
Perhaps, Sally, you could help him?
That would be great, as I'm trying to think how to get my marble run finished.
I think better with some fresh air so I might head up to my crow's nest to help my imagination work.
Oh, that looks great, Possum.
Now, Sally, we've got hammers.
Yes and drills.
Sally, this would be fantastic for helping children to learn how to tally.
Oh yes, that's right.
Why don't we watch some children learning more about counting and how to tally?
I can count in fives.
5, 10, 15, 20, 25.
Sometimes, it's quicker to count when using tallies.
How many have you got?
2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18.
20, 25, 30, 35.
30, 33, 36.
Oh, that was fantastic.
Those children learned so many different ways to count!
I'm ready now.
Let's start over there.
OK, let's go.
Right, now you stand here.
Mm-hm, and you tally.
Now we need to count the totals of each tool.
Oh that's a great job Possum.
Look what we did.
Oh, you've done a very good job.
I've got seven hammers?
Wow, and look at all the chisels I've got.
Goodness me, got all sorts of different chisels, Skip, long ones and short ones.
Yes, and wide ones and narrow ones.
They're all different.
Well, it's very important to have lots of different chisels.
That means I can chisel pieces of wood into different shapes and make some lovely joints.
Oh, that's great, Skip.
Thank you so much, but it's time for me to go now.
I've got more counting to do.
Alright, that's fine.
Oh, this looks great, Skip.
Wow Possum, you have been so busy counting all of my things.
Look at the massive list you've made.
Oh, good job!
I've learned so much about tally marks and counting.
Ah, and counting tools.
You've been doing a lot of thinking today.
What a lot of new ideas you've learned.
You've learned so much!
See you next time.
Sally look, up here.
The cups, they're in there.
Right, and then the plates, over there.
Sally gets a special present from a friend who lives in Japan. How can she say thank you? Aha, this present will be just what she and Possum need to make a special thank you card.
Possum is painting very carefully.
Look at the way he's putting those dots on the page.
You're being so careful, painting those dots.
It's so lovely to see.
Yeah, have a look.
I've made different shapes.
I had to make sure that I was putting the dots in the right place.
I didn't want them to become splotches, so I was being very careful.
Well, it looks lovely.
I'm just on my way to get some more tomatoes for a salad.
Did you see the postie come past on her bike?
Um… No, I haven't seen anyone, but I was so busy painting that I wouldn't have seen her anyway.
Do you want me to go and have a look?
Oh, yes please.
Look Sally, look!
Look, it's beautiful writing.
Yes, it is.
Let's have a look who it's from.
That's from my friend, Sumi.
She lives in Japan.
I've seen some of her artwork, and the way she paints is so unique.
She paints by putting paint on the water.
I'm hoping she sent me some of that.
Why don't we go inside and open it and see what it is?
Ok, let's go!
Oh, that's beautiful.
Oh, that's so lovely.
What a beautiful gift.
It's such lovely painting.
Well, the box isn't actually the present.
It's what's inside is the present.
Well, let's open it.
This is a letter from Sumi.
She's written to me, saying she knows how much I love suminagashi, which is a Japanese word for marbling, a kind of art.
She knows I love it, so she's sent me some paint.
So, she says I can try suminagashi, and she knows you love art, so you can try it too.
Sally, did she send this from a long way away?
Oh, yes, she did.
Oh, is it further than Skip's house?
Yes, it's from a completely different country.
That country's name is Japan.
Sally, I can see very far from the top of my tree.
Would I be able to see Japan?
There's no way you'd be able to see Japan from the top of your tree.
Australia is surrounded by sea.
How about I show you a map, so you can see how far away it is.
I'll go get it.
Australia is here.
It's a very big country.
We are here.
Is that where I am?
Your tree is here, and all you can see from the top of your tree is just a tiny little dot.
Look at all the blue sea around Australia, and Japan is all the way up here.
See the four islands?
You can see the names of them, can't you?
Yes, that's right.
So Sally, let's pretend I got on a boat and sailed and sailed and sailed and sailed and sailed and sailed – would I go off the edge?
Oh no, not at all, Possum.
This is just a map.
The world is actually round.
It's a sphere.
Hmm, but to make it easy to see as a map, it's been flattened out.
Oh, ok, because the world is actually round.
You would just sail round and round and round it.
It's like your soccer ball, but much, much bigger.
Oh wow, that's fantastic!
Sally, I'm going to have a look.
Ooh, be careful.
Oh, isn't that beautiful?
Oh, unwrap it carefully.
Sally, Sumi was very kind.
But…it's so small.
I can't do a big painting using this!
Oh, this is a very special paint Possum.
All you need are tiny amounts, and from just a small amount, you can do many, many paintings.
The drops of paint will float on the water, and that's all you need.
Then you take your paper, lay it on top of the water and when you take it off, the paint has covered the paper.
On top of the water, but wouldn't the wind blow it away?
Oh, that is good thinking, Possum.
Actually, before the artists put the paper down, they will often blow the paint drops to make patterns.
Or they might use a paintbrush to move the paint around to make patterns as well, or a stick.
Then they lay the paper down to make the picture, and each time they do that, the picture is different.
Why don't we watch some children learning about marbling?
Oh, that looked great!
So much fun!
I loved how careful they were when they put the colours in and they swirled them around, and then they got their piece of paper and made beautiful pictures.
Why don't we try doing the same thing?
I'll put the map away.
Oh, and I'll get this.
Sally, I was watching those children.
When they put those drops of paint on the water, I thought they'd sink but they didn't.
They stayed on the surface and spread out.
Yes, it was strange, wasn't it?
Great, what colour are we going to start with?
Oh, that is beautiful!
Wow, put it in there.
Pop that down.
Oh, can we do another?
Yes, try again.
Oh, they're lovely!
Oh, yeah, they are, aren't they?
Now we have to pick one to give to Sumi as a thankyou card, for giving us those lovely paints.
Oh, yeah, that'll be great!
Then I'm going to go give it to her myself.
Uh Possum, do you remember where Sumi lives?
It's a very, very, very long way away.
Ah that's right, Sally.
We will need to say, "Thank you for sending us the paints", and we can write that in there and sign it, "Love from Sally and…"
Would you like to sign your name?
Oh, yeah, I can do that.
That means she'll receive the card knowing that it's from both of us.
Sumi will just love this card!
She'll be so happy.
Oh, yes, she will.
Oh, this is lovely.
Well, Sally, why don't we wait for these to dry?
Oh, yes, we should.
Should we clean up?
Oh, what a good idea.
Would you like to write your name here, Possum?
This is the card that we're going to post to Sumi and when she opens it, she'll love the marbling we've done, and she'll know that we really enjoyed making this piece of art.
Oh, she'll be so touched.
Yeah and Sally, thank you so much for teaching me about this new art of marbling.
I've really enjoyed making all the different patterns.
We could make a really big one and use it as wrapping paper.
Oh, yes, we could!
The paint bottles are very tiny but you get plenty of paint out of them and we can make lots of art and I'm sure that every time we use them, we'll enjoy it.
Sally, does that mean every time we make a picture, we have to write "thank you" on them and then send them to Sumi?
Oh, no – we won't need to do that.
We'll just send her the one thankyou card.
It's important to say thank you to people who give you presents.
That way, Sumi will know we've appreciated it.
I think I might go and post this at the post office, so it finally gets to Japan and to Sumi.
Ooh, Sally, I'm going to make a card for you to say thank you for teaching me how to make these beautiful pictures.
Oh why, thank you Possum.
That's very nice of you.
Let's use this one.
Sally and Possum are enjoying looking at the night sky. If only they could make it look closer. Skip has just what they need and just the right place to do it from.
Oh, hello, everyone.
Oh, hi, everyone.
Oh, it's such a lovely evening.
I wanted to sit outside, have a drink and something to eat, and enjoy the stars.
Possum's joined me too.
Great idea, Sally.
It's so beautiful, looking up at all the stars.
Sally, is that the moon peeking over the horizon there?
It's going to be a beautiful, clear night and it looks like it could be a full moon.
Sally, that moon is very, very busy.
Um, what do you mean by 'busy', Possum?
Well, last night I saw the moon going up into the night sky.
Oh, yes and then I went to bed and when I woke up in the morning, I had a look outside, and I couldn't see it anywhere, it had gone.
Ahh and now it's over there.
How did he get from this side to that side?
Well, you have thought a lot about it, haven't you, Possum?
Is it like the sun, going around the Earth?
Well, it's a bit different.
The sun doesn't move – it is actually the Earth that is spinning.
Um, I'm confused.
It's best that I show you.
Can you stand up?
We are going to pretend that you are the Earth, where we are, and this is going to be the sun, ok?
The sun shines its light onto you.
Now, turn around.
When you were turning around, what did you see?
Um, I can see the sun and when you're turning, what happens?
I can't see the sun.
So, the Earth is actually rotating.
It's not the sun moving through the sky.
The sun stays still, and the Earth rotates and that is how day becomes night.
Sally, I'm seeing stars.
Oh well, you'd better sit down if you're seeing stars.
Oh, you're so funny.
I can see the real stars.
Oh, and I can see the moon too.
Oh, it's beautiful, isn't it?
Sally, I wish I could get a better look at the moon.
Ooh, I have an idea – why don't I go and see Skip and I'll see if we can borrow his telescope.
Then we might be able to see the moon more clearly.
It might be a bit late, though, I'll go and see if he's there.
You stay here, ok?
Hmm, I'm going to have a look from the top of my tree.
Wow, the moon is still so far!
Oh, well, it's beautiful, though.
I told him to wait here.
Oh, there he is.
Did you climb to the top of your tree?
Yes, I wanted to see if I could get a better look from up there, but the moon is still so far away.
Well, the moon is very, very far away, but the sun is even further.
This telescope will give us a chance to have a closer look.
Yes, have a look.
See if you can see the moon.
Sally, it looks different.
It looks great.
People have actually been to the moon, and they took some dust from there.
How did they get there?
In a big rocket!
Those people rode in the rocket, and then they travelled a very, very long way, and when they got there, they had a look around, collected a few things, and came back.
Only a very few people who have trained for years and years and that have passed all of their tests get to ride in a rocket.
Sally, the moon has got some black splodges on it.
They look like holes.
Well, the moon is round but there have been some big rocks that have smashed into the moon and created craters and when we look at the moon, the craters appear dark.
That's what you can see.
Oh, yes, good.
Hello there, Possum.
After Sally came over, I realised that telescope, as good as it is, won't give you a really good, close look at the moon.
I have a bigger telescope at home.
A bigger telescope?
Does that mean I can see far, far, far away?
Yes, you can see quite a distance, and it will bring the moon closer, so you'll be able to see it a lot better, much clearer.
Why don't you come over and have a look tomorrow?
I'll have everything set up, and you'll be able to see the full moon.
Can I go?
Please, please, please, can I go have a look?
Oh, yes, it would be fun to see the telescope.
I'd love to be able to see it and I do know you love learning things, Possum.
OK, I'll see you both tomorrow night, alright?
Oh, I'm so excited!
Oh! Sally, I'm so excited.
I had a very good sleep last night and now, I'm ready to go see Skip.
Oh, yes, so am I.
I had a look outside.
There are no clouds, so it's a nice, clear sky and I know we're going to get to see the moon through the telescope.
Sally, can we see the Earth?
Well, not really.
We are standing on the Earth, looking at the moon.
Oh, but to see the Earth, we'd need to be standing on the moon.
Oh ok, that's great.
Sally, I want to learn so much more about space.
Oh, that would be a great idea, if we learnt more before we went to Skip's shed.
Ooh, why don't we watch some children learning about space?
I saw big planets on TV and I saw this really big telescope!
My favourite part was when I got to see the planets up close.
Yes, it was!
They learnt so much.
Oh, they did!
Sally, Skip was talking about a full moon.
What's the moon full of?
Oh, well, it's probably the perfect time to go over and see Skip and he can explain that to you.
Come on, Sally.
Oh, this is great!
Oh, it's beautiful!
Yes, don't just look out, but look up.
Ooh, Sally, it's just like being in my tree!
Look at the beautiful full moon.
Oh, it's very big.
Skip, Sally said that you'd be able to tell me about the full moon.
To start with, I have a question for you, Possum.
Every night, does the moon change, or is it always the same?
No, the moon does change.
Sometimes I'll see it as a little moon, and then the next night, it gets bigger, and the next night, gets bigger and bigger, until it's a full circle.
Oh… Oh, I get it!
The moon isn't full of anything.
It's a full moon because we can see the whole thing!
That's right and then, after the full moon, it gets smaller and smaller and smaller, until it's a tiny crescent and then it goes away.
Actually, it becomes the new moon.
Does that mean it's a new moon and the old one goes away?
Oh, no, the old one doesn't go away.
It's the same moon.
Tonight, we have a full moon that we can see and the reason we can see the moon is actually because the sun is shining on it and we can see the reflection of that light.
Oh, that is interesting!
Rather than just keeping talking about it, I've set up my telescope so that you can see it.
Now, if it's a bit blurry for you, Sally, just twist the knob.
I'll have a look.
That's so far away but through the telescope, I can see it so very clearly.
I can even see the craters on the moon.
Have a look Possum.
Oh, oh, oh!
Oh, look at this!
It looks like big rocks have crashed into the moon and created those craters!
There's so many of them!
Sally, you have another look.
Ok, thank you.
Oh, it's beautiful.
Oh, I do like looking at the moon, but I wouldn't want to live there, because there's no trees.
No, there's no-one living on the moon Possum.
Only a very few people have gone to visit the moon, but they always come back.
You can't stay and live on the moon, you just can't.
Well, I like living here, next to your house, Sally.
Oh, thank you and I like living near Skip's house too because I can say hello to him in his shed and learn about lots of different things.
Yes, I do love it when you come to visit.
Well, thank you so much for tonight, Skip.
We really enjoyed looking through your telescope.
Can we come back another night and look at some other things in space?
Yes, of course.
Oh, can I have another look Sally?
Something amazing is hanging from Possum's tree. What are those beautiful things flying around the leaves? Could they be one animal?
Oh hello, everyone.
Have a look at this.
It looks very strange.
I was going to play some cricket, but I can't.
This is in the way.
I wonder what it is.
It's looks like fruit.
I wonder if I could eat it.
Is it a flower?
It looks like it could easily break.
I'd better be careful with it.
I'll ask Sally.
I've seen THEM before.
They fly like a bird but they're bit different.
They fly like this.
Well, sometime they're white, but there are other colours too.
Oh, and look at those dots on the leaf.
What are they?
Would you like a drink?
Yes, but…hang on.
I've just seen the most unusual thing.
There's something on the branch of my tree.
You know when I play cricket, and I hit the ball?
Well, I went to hang it up, but there's something in the way.
It's very strange.
Is it the size of your cricket bat?
How big is it?
No, no, it's…about this big.
I wonder what it could be.
Can I have a straw, please?
Sally, I just remembered, I saw something else.
It looks like a bird.
It sort of flies like a bird, but it's a bit different.
It's got wings, and it's got some beautiful colours on them and flutters in the breeze.
I know what you've seen.
You've seen a butterfly, and, I'm thinking that I might know what that strange thing is that you saw.
Once we've finished our drink, we can go and have a look.
Hang on, I've got more to tell you!
As I was about to come through the door, I looked at the plant there, and I saw this thing wriggling around.
Did you see anything else?
Yes, how did you know?
I saw on the leaf, all these little dot on it.
Well, now I know exactly what you saw.
What you saw was one kind of animal.
No Sally, they were all different.
They weren't the same.
They couldn't be.
What you've seen Possum, is a life cycle.
You've seen the different stages of it.
It starts as a butterfly.
The butterfly then lays some eggs.
After the eggs have been laid, the life cycle continues.
They are different stages.
Why don't we finish our drink, and then we can go outside and have a look?
I'm going to go and get the easel and we can draw the life cycle.
I'll go get my magnifying glass so I can have a look at them nice and close.
Quickly Sally, look!
That is so big!
I have never seen anything as big as that before.
This is the same as you Possum.
All other possums are small and you're a big possum.
This is meant to be a small thing, but it's so big!
The life cycle of a butterfly starts at a certain point.
This is halfway through the life cycle.
How about I explain the whole thing to you?
So, is this a living thing?
Is something going to grow out of this?
Yes, it is a living thing Possum.
This is called a pupa.
A caterpillar has come along and climbed up your tree, along the branch, and hung itself down, and then it's formed into a pupa, ready to grow into a butterfly, spread its wings, and fly away.
It won't be a caterpillar any more.
Sally, could I do the same thing?
Can I wrap myself into a pupa and then come out as a beautiful butterfly?
Can I do that?
Oh, you're funny Possum.
Sadly, though, you can't.
Your life cycle isn't the same as butterfly's.
You're born as a baby possum but a butterfly is born from an egg.
Sally, is that like a chicken?
Well, sort of…
A chicken can only lay one or two eggs.
A butterfly can lay many, many, many, tiny, little eggs.
Come on over here and I'll show you.
So, I'm going to draw the life cycle.
I'll draw this first.
Then once it's finished with that…
Now, Possum. Can you show me where you saw the caterpillar?
Oh, over here.
They are the butterfly eggs.
This is the pupa.
Now that's the appropriate size for a pupa.
The one on your tree is very strange.
Sally, those dots – are they butterfly eggs?
Yes, they are.
Butterflies are very clever.
They'll look for the right tree to lay their eggs on.
They'll find a very safe leaf and then they'll lay their eggs and fly away.
And out of those eggs will pop a caterpillar.
Oh and the caterpillar will eat the leaves.
Sometimes they'll see vegetables and go and eat those.
Have you seen white butterflies?
Well, white butterflies love to eat cabbage.
Sally, those eggs are very small.
How big is a caterpillar?
How does it fit in there?
Well, it's like when you were born Possum.
You weren't born the big possum you are today.
You were just a little possum.
You've eaten lots and grown bigger.
The eggs are the same.
The caterpillar is very small when it pops out and it eats the leaves and it grows bigger and bigger and bigger.
Sally, can that caterpillar fly?
All it can do is walk.
Oh, so that means that the other caterpillar was very clever.
It walked all the way up to my tree, and all the way up to the branch, and then created the pupa.
Let's go back over here.
See, the butterfly lays the…?
They're the eggs.
Now, once that's done, what hatches out?
Oh, that's a great caterpillar.
Yes and this is the life cycle of a butterfly.
This is how it works.
Isn't that great?
Why don't we watch some children learning about butterflies?
There's a very special place they go to.
That was great!
Yeah, that WAS great.
Oh, I loved watching those butterflies and all the different colours and patterns.
It was so good!
Oh, yes, it's amazing.
The symmetry of the wings – they're identical.
Nothing is different.
It's almost like folding a piece of paper in half.
Oh, I can remember when I had to fold that piece of paper to make my paper aeroplane.
Oh, it had to be folded just right, and if it wasn't, it would have crashed.
That's right, it's just like that.
Oh, I get it now.
Shall we have a look?
Where is it now?
Do you remember when you drank your drink through a straw?
You were like the butterfly.
I'm not a butterfly.
No, you're right.
You don't look like a butterfly at all.
Yeah but, could you imagine if you had a nice curly bendy straw…
Well, on the butterfly's head, they have a proboscis and that is like a curly, bendy straw and if the butterfly sees a lovely flower with nectar in it, they land on it and have a drink.
It's like the nectar that bees love.
They drink it by sucking it up through their proboscis and then…they fly away.
I should get a straw and suck the nectar from a flower too and then I could become a butterfly.
You are funny.
I can't imagine you flying around like a big butterfly.
You'd be the biggest butterfly in the world.
Oh, wow, that was a beautiful butterfly.
That would have to be the world's biggest butterfly.
Oh Sally, thank you so much for teaching me about butterflies and pupas and caterpillars and eggs and caterpillars are nice too.
Caterpillars ARE nice.
Until they eat my vegetables!
Look, it's back.
Something is missing from the yard. When Possum works out what it is, he starts a new learning adventure. Don't give up Possum. This will be fun!
Oh, hi everyone!
The bike is missing.
Did Sally take it for a ride?
No, she couldn't have done that.
The bike's broken.
It doesn't work.
Hmm, I must go tell Sally.
Um, Possum, what's up?
You look as though something strange has happened to you.
I can tell by the look on your face.
You're right, Sally.
I have seen something very strange.
Well, what is it?
I need to become Police Officer Possum.
Again, what's the problem this time?
Well, an unfortunate incident has occurred.
Your bike has disappeared.
I now have to investigate and find it.
Actually, I think that this isn't a job for Police Officer Possum.
That bike has been there for years.
It doesn't work properly and I haven't ridden it for such a long time.
Then, yesterday, Skip came over and took the bike.
He's an expert repairman.
It's now in his shed and he's fixing it.
Oh, I see.
I've never fixed a bike before.
Can I help him?
Oh, you could and I'm sure he would love to have your help.
But, you must eat breakfast first, to make sure you're full of energy.
You need to be nice and alert so that you're able to help Skip.
Oh, hello everyone!
I've got Sally's bike here.
I'm sure Possum.
Here he is!
He'd love to help me fix the bike.
Come on in.
Possum, did Sally tell you where the bike was?
Yep, she did.
I noticed it was missing in the yard, so I asked Sally where her bike was, and she explained to me that you were fixing it.
Oh, do you need to take it all apart to make it shiny and new?
Do you need instructions?
Instructions are for those who need to assemble a new bike.
I know what I'm doing!
I just need to take off a few pieces, tighten a few of the nuts, oil the chain and most importantly, check the brakes to make sure they're working.
Would you like to help me?
Now, can you pump up the tyres for me?
Oh, get the door.
Come on Sally.
Sally, we've fixed your bike.
I've pumped up the tyres, we've oiled the chain and we fixed the brakes.
Now, we just need to quickly tighten the chain and we're done.
Oh, you've done such a good job.
You've become an expert at fixing things.
Now, come over here.
Can you pull the pedal?
You two have worked so very hard at fixing the bike.
It looks much better.
The wheels are moving.
Let's pull it down.
Just take it for a bit of a spin.
Oh, it's great.
Look at the way the wheels are turning.
Nice and smooth.
Oh Sally, you will enjoy riding your bike.
Those people who have bikes are very lucky.
Oh, yes they are but not all people can afford to buy bikes, even an old one and when they do get their first bike, they can't necessarily ride it.
It takes lots and lots of practice to learn how to ride.
Oh, I thought it was just possums that couldn't ride bikes.
Oh, when I'm at sea for months on end and I finally get back on to land, it can take a while to get my land legs back but, Possum, you've learned so many things I'm sure you could learn to ride a bike too.
I wonder if there is a bike we could borrow so Possum could practice riding.
Well, I do have a spare bike out the back.
I'll go get it for you.
Sally, Skip, can I learn to ride this bike?
Yes, you can.
I've just finished fixing it and it rides so very smoothly and there's a helmet for you to wear.
You should always wear a helmet when you ride a bike.
Sally, Skip, is it hard to learn?
Well, why don't we watch some children learning how to ride bikes and being safe while they're riding?
Sally, I'm ready to learn.
Thank you, Skip.
No worries, Sally.
Oh, this is great, Sally!
People say once you can ride a bike, you never forget how to do it.
I wasn't too sure – it's been a long time since I've ridden a bike and I thought it would be quite hard, but that was easier than I thought it would be.
Well, I was watching you Sally, and I think I can do it for myself now.
I'm going to try it.
Oh, oh, oh…oh!
Oh, I can't do it.
I give up.
Can't do it!
I remember asking children once what they thought they needed to learn to ride a bike, and they told me a few things.
First, you need to have the desire to really want to ride your bike.
Secondly, it takes lots and lots and lots of practice and thirdly, you need to be prepared to fall.
Will I fall off?
Well, you might.
It's always hard to learn new things and sometimes, you make mistakes.
That's all part of the learning process, and it's ok.
This is a new thing that you're learning and the mistake could be you falling off your bike.
If you feel the bike tilt, that means you might fall off.
You just need to try to fall gently, ok?
Try it again.
Whoa, whoa, whoa!
You have improved so much at riding!
Why don't we go and find a lovely bike path and go for a ride?
Would you like to do that?
We can be careful and take it slow.
Let's go now.
Wait – why don't we first go and make a litter-free lunch to take, and then we can go?
Yeah, great idea!
Are you ready for our bike ride?
Oh, look! It looks great!
Oh, isn't that lovely?
Yeah, it's beautiful!
This is great!
Yum, yum, yum.
Oh, I've got a dry throat from all of that riding.
Oh, look at the clouds moving in the sky.
Oh, look at that!
What a lovely day we've had.
My bike has sat there broken for a very long time and now it's fixed, and everything works and I had a great bike ride.
Oh, I really enjoyed this day.
It was such a lovely day and before, I was ready to give it all up.
I got really upset and now I know how to ride a bike!
I've learned so much and had such a good day today Sally.
Yes, that's right!
Thanks for watching!
Why don't you ride your bike some more?
Look at this… Possum's hand is going in this direction, but the egg-beater is turning a different way. What wonderful things cogwheels are.
Possum is helping me make some scrambled eggs for lunch.
Oh, I do love scrambled eggs.
Would you like me to stir the eggs for you, Sally?
Oh no, I'm not going to stir the eggs.
I'm going to use the egg beater.
You could use an electric beater for mixing, if you like, but I love this old egg beater.
Could I have a try?
You sure can Possum.
Oh, what's happened?
You've made a bit of a mess.
Well, I just wanted to see what it was doing, and I made a mess.
I'm sorry, Sally.
We can clean it up later.
What were you looking at?
Well, I was looking at this part.
It was spinning around and how these are the parts are spinning in a different direction.
It's a very clever thing, isn't it?
What you can see are the cogs.
That is one cog and there are two cogs at right angles to it.
So the main cogs spins the other two cogs around, using the teeth.
Oh and that's why the mixing blades are spinning.
You can go backwards and forwards.
You can turn them slow or fast.
Can I do it again, Sally?
Is that enough?
Yes, it looks nice and frothy.
I'm going to cook the eggs.
I won't be long.
What a lovely drawing of the cogs.
Oh, look at that.
You've drawn how they go together and how they rotate.
Can I add something to it?
I've drawn the arrows to show which way the cogs turn.
Sally, after I've had lunch, I'm going to go outside and see if I can find some cogs.
What a great idea Possum.
No, doesn't have any.
Where are some cogs?
Sally, come here.
So, I've been looking around the yard, and I thought the wheelbarrow would have a cog but it doesn't.
No, it doesn't have one but then I thought of the bike, and come have a look.
Am I right?
Is this a cog?
Yes, you are right, Possum.
I never noticed that.
Your feet sit on the pedals and the pedals are attached to the cog.
Is that like the egg beater?
So when you pedal the bike, the cog turns around but this cog has got a chain that loops around it, and when the cog turns, the chain turns around too.
So, if the chain is turning that means there has to be a cog at the back that will turn too.
The chain makes the cog on the back wheel turn, and that's what makes the bike move forward but, Sally, there's one missing at the front.
That front wheel should have a cog too, shouldn't it?
Well, remember the wheelbarrow?
That doesn't have a cog, does it?
We steer it with our arms and it goes in the direction we want.
That's the same as the bike.
The back wheel pushes the bike forward and the front wheel is just for steering.
Oh, I love learning new things Sally.
Can I go tell Skip?
He'd love to hear what you've learnt.
I'm going to show him this.
Oh, yes, show him.
In you come Possum.
Hey Skip, look what I've got.
Skip, what are you thinking about?
I was thinking about lunch.
We've just had lunch.
Sally cooked me some scrambled eggs.
They were delicious.
Sorry, there's none left for you.
No, I wasn't thinking about eating lunch.
I was just thinking about when I used to work on the boats.
It was my job to look out for icebergs, and I'd have to sit up in the crow's nest and I'd have to let the captain know where to steer the ship.
Sitting up there was a very hungry job and they used to deliver my lunch to me.
The ship's cook organised a pulley system and they were able to hoist the lunch up to me in the crow's nest.
They had a bike wheel down one end, and with the rope, they'd be able to hoist my lunch all the way up so that I'd be able to eat my lunch in the crow's nest.
I just learned about an egg beater and how it has cogs, and how the cogs make the blades spin around.
Oh, you mean this Possum?
You try it.
The cogs are moving together to make the drill bit move.
That allows the drill bit to drill holes in the wood.
I just learned as well that on a bike, you have pedals attached to a cog and then there's a chain that wraps around and goes to another cog at the back.
Then, when you push the pedals, the cogs move the back wheel.
Possum, you've done it.
I've been trying to work out how to make this gizmo work.
I've got plenty of old bike parts and now you've solved the problem for me and now we'll be able to assemble the pulley system.
What are we going to use to make it Skip?
Well, I've got the rope, I've got the pulley, I've got the wheel.
All I need is a cog to make it work.
Oh, Sally's here!
She'll be able to help us.
You've been playing with cogs!
I've been drawing this picture and I couldn't work out what I needed, and then Possum spoke about cogs and he's given me a great idea to assemble something.
Why don't we watch children learning about all sorts of different cogs?
I do love seeing children learning new things.
Alright, let's watch.
Oh, that was great.
I loved watching those children learning.
Now, I've got this tape measure.
Can you please Possum, from your tree, to Sally's door, can you measure the distance for me?
I can do that.
Now, Sally, while I'm doing that, you must help Skip, ok?
Aye aye Possum.
Right, now Sally.
Can you help me?
Can you bring this over for me?
Oh, he's back!
Now Possum, did you do the measurements?
Can you tell them to Sally please?
From my tree to your house, Sally, is six metres.
Skip, why did you need to know the distance?
Well, before, when we were having that conversation about lunch, it gave me an idea about making something special for you.
In case it's a rainy day and you don't want to leave your treehouse, and if Sally doesn't want to go out in the rain to bring you some lunch, we can use this to deliver it to you.
Do you mean this is for my tree?
Oh, how great!
I'm so excited!
Hang on Possum.
You can't use it every day, ok?
Only sometimes but it will be good fun.
I'll show you what happens.
We've already made it, so this is what we're going to do.
We've got a cog here that, as I twist the pedal, the cog will move the wheel.
Now, that's attached to the rope, and it will pull it all across.
So, you pull it.
Lunch is ready.
Would you like to do it Sally?
Are you ready up there, Possum?
Come on, come on.
Down you go.
Off you go.
Oh, yum, yum, yum, yum, yum.
Oh, bring it back up.
There you go.
Oh, this is great.
Today we learned so much about cogs and how they can be used, like this pulley system.
Bring it up again.
OK, let's give it a little bit of a tune-up.
Sally is baking a pie for Skip and a friend to share. Is there going to be a piece for Possum too? Possum will have to learn some more about fractions.
Oh hi, everyone.
You're making pie!
Yes, I am.
I love making pies and I love eating your pie!
I have a surprise for you but you'll find out about that later.
I'm making the pie because Skip came and fixed the leaky tap.
So I thought I'd make it for him to say thank you.
I also know he's having a visitor over for dinner.
So they can have it for dessert.
They can share the pie.
There's one, two, three, four people for one pie.
If I eat this much, then we can give Skip a small bit.
I'm giving Skip the whole pie.
He and his visitor can share it.
It's not for us.
Oh, alright, then.
If there's just Skip and his visitor and there's only one pie…
Oh, they can cut it in half!
If you cut something into two equal pieces, they are halves.
So if they cut it into halves, that's still quite a big piece.
Oh, I know.
Why don't we cut it in half and then they can cut that half into half?
That will be just the right amount.
Ah, that's very thoughtful of you to think about Skip like that but it's up to him to decide how he cuts the pie.
If there's a pie and we cut it in half and then we cut one half into half again, what's that called?
Well, I think you could work this out.
You're talking about fractions.
Why don't you get a piece of paper, turn the pie dish over and trace around it?
Oh, hang on.
So, fractions – does that mean if I cut it into equal parts, are they fractions?
That's right Possum.
Oh, I get it!
I'll show you some fractions over here.
If we have a whole pie, we can show that number as one.
If we cut the pie in half, we'll have two equal parts.
If you have a circle…
Mm-hm and you cut it in half and then half again, you make quarters.
This is so much fun Sally.
Yes, it is!
Now you understand what fractions are.
They are wonderful things.
Why don't you draw some more circles and then cut them out?
Yeah and then when you make your fractions, you can either colour them in or just cut them out.
Why don't you go and play with that and I'll finish cooking the pie but Sally, I won't be playing.
I'll be learning but Possum, sometimes playing is learning.
Oh, you're right.
Learning is a lot of fun.
I'll show you.
Is this half, Sally?
Ohh, are they equal sizes Possum?
Oh no, they're not.
No, they're not.
Just fold the paper in half.
Then you can find the middle.
Then you'll get the halves.
Ohh, I get it now.
Can I cut it out?
Sally, is this half?
You've halved it.
That… Oh, I know!
Is this a half?
That's a half.
Now, this… Is this a quarter?
Yes, that's right, a quarter.
If I fold this, and if I cut it, would that be a quarter too?
You would have four quarters.
If I have one half and a quarter and a quarter, would that make a whole pie?
It would make a whole pie.
If I had a pie that was a different shape, could I still cut it into halves and quarters?
You can make fractions out of any shape.
Some are easy and some are quite hard.
Why don't we watch some children learning about fractions?
Yeah, let's watch.
I've made one eighth.
If you have a circle and you cut it in half, then in half again, you make quarters.
This is fun.
Fractions are so interesting.
I was right.
Sally, you go cook the pie.
I'm going to make some more fractions.
Oh, you've been working so hard at making fractions Possum.
Why don't you tell me about them?
Now, the circle…
This is a whole.
These are halves.
Right and these are quarters.
Now, I'll show you.
This half and these two quarters make a whole.
That's right and now I'll do the square.
These are the halves and these are the quarters.
One half and the two quarters make one whole.
Oh, that's great and now the rectangle.
This is one whole.
These are the halves.
OK and these are the quarters.
Have a look.
This half and these quarters make one whole.
OK, but Sally, if I had one pie and there were three people wanting to eat it, how would we cut it?
Ah, that is good thinking Possum.
I'll show you over here.
If we have one pie…
Right and three of us, we would need to cut it into three, wouldn't we?
So one pie is shown like that and then we cut it into three equal parts, which makes them thirds.
How about I show you.
Have you got a spare circle Possum?
I'm going to cut it into thirds.
One, two, three thirds make a whole.
That's right! Three equal parts, or thirds, make a whole.
You have done such a good job learning about fractions, Possum.
Now, could you please help me bring the washing in?
Seeing the washing has given me an idea.
We can play fractions.
Can we split them in half?
Oh yeah, hold on.
Oh, four red and four black.
One half, one half.
Let's do that.
You do the red and I'll do the black.
Oh Sally, look!
One half and one half!
Now, can we try quarters?
Do you remember what quarters are?
Oh, hang on, let me think.
If I have four red ones and split them into two groups of two, then I have four black ones and split them into two groups of two that would make quarters.
Sally, one quarter, one quarter, one quarter and one quarter.
Oh, well done.
You got that right.
Now, can we make it a whole by putting it in the basket?
Ok, let's go.
Do you remember I said to you earlier I had a surprise for you?
Well, this is it!
I could make so many fractions out of these pies.
Now, this one's for Skip.
He can halve that with his friend and this one is mine but where's your pie Sally?
Well, this one isn't just for you.
We need to share this one.
You've had plenty of practice with your fractions.
I'm sure you know how to share this one.
You can have this little piece and I'll have this big piece.
You are a funny possum.
Oh, I've learned so much about fractions.
Let me show you.
Ooh, what is it?
Oh look, Sally.
Oh, look at this one!
Oh, that's great, Possum and wait there.
Oh, that does look good.
Possum's been halved!
You're so funny.
Oh, you have learned so much about fractions.
Look at all of this.
Sally, let's eat the pie!
Do you remember the treasure hunt? This time, Skip and Possum write a code with instructions for Sally to follow. Read carefully Sally, you have to do just what the instructions tell you.
Look, Possum is here.
What are you doing here Possum?
Are you hungry again?
No, I'm not hungry but if you've got food, I'm happy to eat it.
I do have food but I'd like to keep it for now.
Possum, what would you like to do?
Well, I don't know.
I was thinking I might be able to build something that would look great.
I could draw something.
I don't know.
I'm not sure what to do.
That happens to me sometimes too Possum.
Sometimes I don't know what I want to do.
Sally, I've got an idea.
Can I take a piece of paper and a pen over to Skip's shed and see if there is something interesting over there that I could draw?
That is a great idea to go to Skip's shed.
He has always got some interesting things going on.
There it is.
See you later.
I'll be back.
Possum, come on in.
Now, just hold one moment.
Just let me finish.
Skip, I'm happy to wait.
Oh, no, no.
I know you are a very active possum.
You don't like to sit and wait too often but it is important to stop and think sometimes.
Well Possum, I am writing down some codes.
I am writing a code.
It might look unusual, only because I am the only one that knows what it means.
It is like a secret language.
There are lots of other codes that are used too.
They could be pictures or symbols.
They can be types of codes.
There are spoken, or signed codes, like the alphabet.
That's a code.
Can you put 'P' for Possum because I am Possum in your shed?
Actually, I am writing a code here so I know where my tools are.
You don't know where your tools are Skip?
I know exactly where they all are but I was a bit bored today so I decided to write a code just for a bit of fun.
Have a look at my code here because I've got two benches, I have made a code, 'B' for Back, that means the back bench and 'S' is for the side bench.
Ok, but what are the numbers for Skip?
Well, there's two sets of numbers.
The first number is how many shelves starting from the bottom and the second number is how many tools across it counting from the left.
I am going to test you Possum.
Can you tell me where tool B57 is?
B means back bench, 5,7.
Let's have a look.
One, two, three, four, five.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven.
Here it is.
Let's make sure that wasn't a lucky guess.
Would you like to find another?
I know my fold-out ruler is B32.
One, two, three and two.
You have worked out my code.
You were so good at that Possum.
Which reminds me, what did you come here for?
I wanted to draw something really interesting but now I have changed my mind, I want to write my own code.
Well, I have an idea, but before we do that, why don't we watch some children learning a bit about codes and following instructions?
That looked great.
Skip, can we make some instructions for Sally to follow?
That would be great and if we added in a code or two, it would make it even more fun.
Could we make it a treasure map, where X marks the spot?
Yes, that is a great idea, to make a treasure map but where should the X be?
Up in your crow's nest.
Sally loves your crow's nest.
So, we can start in Sally's kitchen, then she can follow the instructions all the way through here and up to the crow's nest.
We can say, "start in the kitchen and go through to the yard, to the tree".
Then, go to the shed and up the crow's nest.
That would be very easy.
Why don't we make it more interesting by adding in a code?
Alright, let's do it.
Possum, you look suspicious.
What is going on?
Sally, do you have any new recipes?
I can have a look, though.
How did that get there?
There are some instructions here.
They look very strange.
Sally, Skip and I wrote this code for you.
You have to work out the code and follow the instructions and at the end, you will find a special surprise.
How do I start?
It looks like fun.
This says, "Sally's treasure hunt."
I get to look for something.
T means Possum's tree.
K mean's Sally's kitchen, which is me in my kitchen.
S means Skip's shed.
You've got it, Sally.
So, how many steps?
Whatever the number is how many steps I take.
So, first, start with this Sally.
One step back, turn right.
What is next?
One, two, three, four.
Open the door.
Take two steps.
Go to T.
Go to your tree.
Turn left and take two steps.
Now turn right.
Take three steps.
Turn right, take three steps.
Turn right, take three…
You want me to walk around your tree.
Now, turn right.
Take five steps and then dig.
The treasure is going to be in here.
I don't know Sally.
I wonder what will be there.
Why don't you have a look?
Come on, dig.
Go to S.
Go to Skip's shed.
I'm getting closer and closer.
Come on, let's go.
Here you go Skip.
So Sally, what is next?
Take seven steps.
Then, climb up to the top of the stairs.
Sally, you are so very clever to work out the code and work out where to go.
Oh, yes and this is for you.
It was such good fun.
Thank you so much.
I really enjoyed working out what that code meant and then, I found myself here.
This looks great.
Skip, here you go.
Oh, what have we got here?
Possum loves to throw things but he must throw them in the right place. He learns more about Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Where did all those things come from, Possum?
Ooh, hello everyone.
Hey, have a look at all the green things we've got.
Can I eat them Sally?
They're no good.
They're the weeds we had to pull out of the ground.
The soil has things in it that help make the plants grow big and strong and if the weeds are growing next to the vegetables, then the weeds take all the good things out of the soil and stop the vegetables from growing big and strong.
Ohh, and that's why we have to pull the weeds out and that's why we put them all in here.
Oh, can I put all these in the rubbish bin?
That's why we have a brand-new compost bin.
Can I put them in?
Great and oh, that's great.
Now I'm going to put some dirt in.
Sally, how do weeds turn into compost?
Well, first you put all the ingredients in and then you add some dirt.
That helps break it down a little.
We could also add some grass clippings or the leaves that have fallen off the trees.
Does that mean the little bin in the kitchen with the food scraps in it, can that go in there?
Oh yes, it can.
Could you get it please?
This is it.
Now that we've filled it up, we just need to put a little bit of water in there.
Not too much and then we can use the fork to get some air circulating.
Then lots of insects will start to eat the leaves and twigs and whatever else is in there and they'll break it down to become beautiful soil and that will help everything grow.
It really is amazing to think that weeds that are bad can compost into something that's reusable and that is called recycling.
So the bad weeds turn into something good.
Oh well, we've done such a good job here.
I think it's time we have something to eat and drink.
Oh, it was delicious.
Sally, watch this.
Are you ready?
Oh, that was a great throw Possum.
You're so good.
Why did you throw it into that bin?
Well, I love throwing anything in the bin, regardless of its shape or size.
I'm such a pro.
Well, that's great, but did you know that metal cans can be recycled?
You should've thrown it into the other bin.
They can take metal away and melt it down into other things.
That's called recycling.
You know, if you cook too much food, you don't need to waste it, or if you're full and have some left on your plate, we don't throw that away either.
We could eat it the next day or add it to another meal.
We don't ever waste food.
Sally, I never waste food.
I make sure I eat it all up.
You're very helpful in making sure we don't waste any food, Possum!
Sally, do you often waste things?
I hate wasting things.
When I go to the shop, I like to buy fresh food.
I don't like buying things that are pre-packaged in paper or plastic.
That's right and I know in your craft box there's lots of stuff that we can reuse.
We've made lots of things out of the recycled bits and pieces.
Do you remember the egg carton that we had, we put those seeds in there and when they grew, they looked like a caterpillar!
Yes, that looked great.
Yeah, and we made that scrap collage.
Oh, that was beautiful, wasn't it Possum?
It's a lot of fun to do things like that.
To do that is to reuse.
That's like my cricket ball.
I always reuse my cricket ball.
I would never throw it away.
Yes, well, I am relieved to hear that because if you wanted to play cricket, that would mean I'd have to buy you a cricket ball every time.
I'd have to go back and forth to the shop every day, and that would be wasteful.
Oh, you are funny Possum but that's not the real meaning of reuse, though.
If we buy something and we've used it for a specific purpose, instead of throwing it into the bin, we can try and use it for something else.
For example, we might be able to use it as a container.
That's what I mean by reusing.
There are two different things.
There's recycling and there's reusing.
Ah, they're different.
I like to try to reduce the amount of things around the house that I use.
Another example is my car.
The shop is just around the corner so I don't drive there because that would be a waste of petrol.
I walk to the shop, and that way I don't have to keep putting petrol in my car.
When I go shopping for food, I take my own bags.
I don't want to use their plastic bags.
I don't want a big pile of them here and, Possum, remember that time you reduced the amount of things in your tree by taking some things out?
Yeah, but there's still lots of things in there at the moment Sally.
I tell you what, why don't we watch some children learning about recycling?
That was great.
Yeah, they were great at recycling.
Oh, I've learned so much.
Sally, you and I are really good at reusing things, but I learned so much from those children.
Oh Possum, you look like you're thinking of something.
Oh well, Sally, I was thinking there's lots of things in my tree.
I think I might divide them into things I can recycle and things that I can reuse.
Oh, I've had a thought Possum.
Why don't we sort through the rubbish too and we can work out what can be recycled, like this milk bottle.
Can you put that out there?
Ooh, ooh, and Sally…
Can you please make me some signs with the names of the things that I can recycle?
I'm going to need cardboard…
Mm-hm and metal.
I can make those for you.
I think I've got more in my tree.
This… oh, that can go there and there.
Mmm… oh, over here.
Would you like me to put these down?
Yeah, that one goes there.
Oh, no, in front.
Ok, and – oop – there.
Oh, and right there.
Ooh, move this over.
Right there Sally.
Great. Is that what you needed?
I'll go back inside now.
There's so many things here.
Did this all come out of your tree?
Yes, it did.
I've got more in there but I want to use those things for art and craft and other things.
Let me show you all the things that can be recycled.
Now, that's cardboard.
Right, and metal.
It's wonderful that you've sorted all of this out.
Why don't we watch some children telling us more about recycling?
It's good for the earth when there is no rubbish.
At home, I have a compost bin to put scraps in and help fertilise the garden and help it grow.
Not wasting things is very good for the planet.
I like to think of different ways I can reuse my rubbish.
My family at home sort our rubbish.
We put rubbish in the rubbish bin and other things like metal, steel, paper and plastic, we put into the recycling bin.
At home, we have a compost bin.
We tip it out onto the garden to help it grow.
I think recycling is very important because it saves the earth.
At my home, we use vegetable peelings and we put them in the garden to help the flowers grow and become beautiful.
Ohh, that was great!
Yes, those children were very knowledgeable about recycling, weren't they and today we've learned so much about what can be thrown into the rubbish and what can be recycled.
Look at what you've done here.
Yeah, and there's no need to waste anything.
We can always reuse things to keep the world healthy and clean for years to come.
We should always look at what we're throwing away and think if it can be reused or not.
It's a very good thing for us to do.
I could keep this.
I could reuse it.
Hey! What happened to the ice in Possum's drink? Is this another case for Police Officer Possum or does Possum need to learn more about how things change?
I'm reading this book while Possum is outside playing.
He's going to be all hot and sweaty, and he'll come in wanting a nice, cold drink soon.
I'm now going to throw it into the third hoop.
Oh, I missed!
Oh well, it's Sally's turn now.
Oh, but she's inside.
That's ok, I'll have her turn.
Right, jump, jump, jump – oop!
Oh, that was so much fun.
Oh, I really enjoyed that.
Oh, it is such a hot day.
Luckily, I have a nice, cold glass of water inside, and it's even colder, because I've put some ice in it from the freezer.
I'm so thirsty.
I need that drink.
Ha, ha, ha!
Is it nice and hot outside Possum?
Oh yes, it's very hot.
I want a nice, cold drink to quench my thirst.
This is very strange.
I'm going to need my magnifying glass for this.
Possum, what's the matter?
Is there something wrong?
No, nothing, Sally.
You just continue reading your book.
I don't want to worry Sally.
Remember when I told you that I put some ice in my nice, cold drink but look – now the ice is missing!
I'll need to check Sally's glass to see if there's ice in there.
Hmm, hang on.
She has ice!
I haven't got ice, and she has.
Did she take it?
Oh, I can't be sure.
This is a real mystery.
What's the matter?
What are you looking at?
Um, hang on.
Sally, you're my friend, aren't you?
Oh yes, of course I'm your friend.
Please tell me.
Well, before, I had ice in my glass and you've got ice in yours and now mine's missing.
Did you take my ice?
No Possum, I got this ice from the freezer.
I filled up my glass and put the ice in it so I could drink it.
Have you tried your drink yet?
No, not yet.
Ooh, ooh, that's very cold.
How did it get so cold?
There's no ice in there.
Well, there was ice in there before, but it's melted.
When you went outside to play, the heat made the ice melt.
The ice in my glass will soon melt, too.
Oh, I get it.
I was so worried that it was missing, but it had just melted.
Water really is an amazing thing.
When it comes out of the tap, it's a liquid and when you put it in the freezer, it turns into a solid, and it becomes ice.
Then, when you take it out, and you leave it in the heat, it melts again, and becomes a liquid.
Sally, can you watch ice melt?
Can we see it?
Why don't you grab the ice tray, and we can watch the ice melt?
That's great Possum.
Possum, why don't we do an experiment?
Let's get some glasses and fill them with different types of water, and see what the ice cubes do.
We can see which one melts the fastest.
We're going to need some glasses.
Let's get them.
Now we've got the glasses ready.
We've got hot water in this one.
Tap water in this one and this one's got cold water in it and this one's got no water.
Now we need to put an ice cube in each of the glasses, and as soon as we've done that, I will start the timer, and when the ice has melted, you let me know and I'll write down how long it took to melt, ok?
One, dun, dun, dun.
Now, Sally, now!
Sally, this is taking too long.
Why don't we go outside and play some hopscotch?
Alright, let's go.
Sally, it's almost ready.
Sally, all of them have melted, but this last one has not.
Come on, let's go outside and play some soccer.
Good idea, let's go.
Oh, it's almost melted.
Sally, the hot water was the fastest.
Then the tap water, then the cold water, and the slowest was no water.
Oh, what a great experiment.
I really enjoyed that.
Well, why don't we clean this up and
I can get ready to make our muffins?
Alright, let's put this away.
Healthy coconut and carrot muffins.
Let's see what we need.
Now, we don't actually need a whole coconut.
What we need is shredded coconut.
The shredded coconut is the white stuff inside the coconut, which is what I have here.
We also need some coconut oil.
Oh, I know what the oil is.
That's the liquid that smells delicious.
Oh, I put it in the fridge, Sally.
Should I get it?
Ok you get it, Possum.
You watch, he's going to get a real shock.
Hmm Sally, is this it?
Yes, that's the coconut oil.
It smells the same, but why has it gone white and hard?
Did someone come in and swap it over?
Possum, I can see you're trying to solve the mystery.
How about while you're trying to solve it, we watch some children learning about things that can melt?
That might give you a few ideas.
Oh yeah, let's watch.
I'm learning a lot about this mystery.
When you put water into a tray and you put it into the freezer, it becomes hard.
Yes, it does and then you get a cup of water and you put some ice in the cup, and it slowly melts, like butter too.
If you put the butter into a hot pan, it melts.
That's right and cheese as well.
Yes, you put cheese on a pizza and put it into the oven, when it gets nice and hot, the cheese melts.
Does that mean that when some things get cold they become hard, and when they get hot, they melt?
That's exactly right Possum.
That means the mystery of the coconut oil has been solved.
Before, when it was in the fridge, it went white and hard, and now it's a liquid again.
That's right, Possum.
The liquid gets poured into the tray and in the freezer it's so cold that it becomes solid, which is ice.
The coconut oil, when you put it into the fridge, is cold enough for it to become solid.
So we're talking about liquids getting hard.
When they're hard, they've become solid.
Well, are we ready to make our muffins?
First, you need to wash your hands, and I'll get a few things we need, like the flour, ok?
We're going to need a cup of flour.
Now we need some cinnamon.
We need some honey.
Now the coconut oil.
Hup, hup, hup.
Oh, Sally, it's your turn.
Oh, they smell great.
Oh Sally, I'm so glad we solved the mystery of the melting ice.
Oh yes, that was good.
We have learnt that some things can change when the temperature changes.
Oh and Sally, you've changed as well.
I haven't changed.
How have I changed?
You're wearing your hat.
You weren't wearing it earlier.
Oh, you are funny Possum!
Right, here you go Sally.
Half an hour is a long time for Possum to wait for food. What a good time to learn about telling the time and about clocks. The pie must be ready by now!
I've just made a pie, and I've put it in the over to bake.
I know that Possum is going to smell it baking and he will come straight in, you watch.
Oh, I can smell something, it's delicious.
Sally must be cooking something.
Ooh, let's have a look.
Oh, that smells delicious!
Can I eat it? Is it ready?
No, you'll have to wait half an hour for it to bake, so give it 30 minutes and it will be ready.
Sally, half an hour's not long, but why do I have to wait 30 minutes?
That's too long!
They're actually the same amount of time, Possum.
When you're looking at a clock, and the big hand goes all the way around, that's one hour – 60 minutes.
For half an hour, it means the big hand only goes halfway round the clock.
Half of 60 minutes is 30 minutes and that's half an hour.
Can you check the clock?
Sally, I'd love to learn more about time, but the clock's not there.
Oh, I'm so sorry, Possum, I completely forgot.
The clock had something wrong with it and it stopped working, so I gave it to Skip to see if he could fix it.
Skip's very clever at fixing things.
Have we been talking for half an hour yet?
Oh, no, no, no, Possum.
It's only been a minute.
Just one little minute.
You need to wait for 30 of them before the pie will be ready.
I'm going to need that clock so I can look at it to know when the pie is ready.
I'd better go see Skip and check to see if he's fixed the clock yet, ok?
Oh yes, great idea Possum.
While you're there, can you ask him if he'd like to come over and eat some pie later?
Ahoy there, Possum.
How are you?
Skip, have you finished fixing Sally's clock?
Yes, I've finished, and it is working.
Sally had put in a new battery, but it wasn't working.
I did a bit of investigating and found out that the contacts were dirty.
So I cleaned them up and now the clock is ticking!
Oh good, I need this clock, because Sally is cooking a pie and she said I had to wait 30 minutes.
Have you and I been chatting for 30 minutes?
Half an hour?
O, no, we've only been chatting for half a minute.
Half a minute?
How long is that?
Seconds – what's that?
Has Sally talked to you about time?
Well, one hour is 60 minutes.
Half an hour is 30 minutes and the pie is cooked for 30 minutes, or half an hour.
Well, a minute has got 60 seconds in it.
Actually, seconds are lots of fun to watch.
Some clocks have a second hand, and some don't.
Look at the orange hand here tick, tick, tick, tick, tick.
I can see it.
I have an older clock over here that doesn't have a second hand.
Come and have a look at this one.
It's the same as Sally's clock.
It's round, and it's got hands on it.
Yes, it is like Sally's clock but there are a few things different.
Do you see that thing swinging back and forth?
That's called a pendulum.
It swings back and forth, and every time it gets back to the start, a second has gone by.
It's interesting clocks make noises, but we don't need to hear them Possum.
We can just see them.
Oh, so does that mean, one, two, three, four, five?
Is that right?
Yes, you're right.
So when you get to 60 back and forth, that means 60 seconds, and that is one minute and then once the minute hand is turned right round the clock, that's 60 minutes, which is one hour.
Skip, watch me.
Well, I'd better go and see if the pie's ready.
Do you want to come and eat some?
Oh no, Possum.
I'm going to go up to the top of my crow's nest and watch the clouds and look at the birds fly by but make sure you take the clock back and give it to Sally.
Sally might be able to tell you more about time.
Thank you Skip.
Hmm, little hand and big hand.
Skip's finished fixing it.
Thanks for bringing it over.
Can I put it up?
Oh yes, can you do that?
Sally, I learned so much about time.
In Skip's shed, he has a very old clock that he showed me.
It's like your clock, but instead of ticking, it's got a pendulum.
Ooh, and it goes like this, watch me.
That's how many seconds have gone by.
Oh yes, you're right Possum.
A pendulum swinging is so much fun to watch, isn't it?
The pendulum is what makes the hands move in time.
Other clocks don't have a pendulum, but they still work.
Some of them have got a minute hand, which is the longer hand, and that counts the minutes, and the shorter one is the hour hand, and they go round and round the clock.
I saw your clock and Skip's clock.
The long hand goes all the way around.
When it goes all the way around, that's one hour.
That's right and the short hand is slow.
That's the hours.
I've made you a clock.
The long hand is the minute hand and the short hand is the hour hand.
Oh and it has the numbers 1 to 12.
If the minute hand is pointing at the 12, we need to look at what the hour hand is pointing at.
It's pointing at 3.
So that means it's 3 o'clock.
Can you make a time for me?
Sally, it's 4 o'clock!
If the minute hand is pointing straight to the top and the hour hand is on the 4, that means it's 4 o'clock.
Now…can you make it 7 o'clock?
Now, I'm going to make a time.
What time is it now?
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine – it's 9 o'clock.
Ooh, so that means nine, ten, 11 o'clock, Sally. It's 11 o'clock.
Both pointing up…
Ah, it's 12 o'clock.
Yes, you're right, it is 12 o'clock –
Sally, when's the pie ready?
It's 1 o'clock now – it's ready!
Sally, this is my favourite time.
Do you know why, because the pie is ready and I can eat it!
It's still a bit too hot Possum.
We need to let it cool down.
While we wait, why don't we watch some children learning about time?
24 hours makes one day.
0 minutes makes one hour.
The little hand is at the 3 and the big hand is at the 12, which means 3 o'clock.
Yeah, that was fantastic.
Those kids are just like me, learning so much about time.
Now remember, there's 60 minutes in an hour.
That's right, and one minute has 60 seconds in it.
Yes, and the pie took 30 minutes, or half an hour, to bake.
You're right Possum and I'm looking at the pie and I think it's ready.
Finger spelling is good for showing people words. Possum knows Auslan signs and lots of finger spelling words. Now Possum School is on again and he is learning to write some words in English too.
The toast is almost ready.
I'll go and get it.
Oh, which ones my chair.
Oh, that cheeky Possum is playing a trick on me.
He normally sits in that chair and now he's moved into mine.
I'll play a trick on him.
What are you doing?
Why do you have a tail?
I've got a tail because I'm the new Possum.
Toast, please, toast, please.
I was just joking.
This is your chair and that's my chair.
I'm just playing with you.
Yes, that was funny.
We don't always have to set in the same chairs.
You can move around.
Sally, your chair is very comfortable.
It's just like my chair.
I was just pretending to forget which one was my chair.
Possum, you are funny!
Oh Sally, should be put our names on the chairs?
We can put Sally on your chair, and on my chair, my name.
It's like at school, isn't it?
Like our list to show who is here today.
We could make a list like that.
That'd be great!
Sally, can you teach me how to write my name?
Oh yes, I can do that.
You can already finger spell your name very well.
I think I could now show you how to write it in English.
Well, not only your name, but my name as well.
Wait, it's important that we learn at Possum School.
Well Possum, children don't just learn at school, they can learn at home too, especially their reading and writing but I do like your idea of having a Possum School because it's always such fun.
Why don't we go outside and set it up, ok?
Who is at school today?
Put your name up there.
And I'm here too.
Now, is my student here?
Are you ready to learn?
Yes! I'm always ready to learn.
Oh, can I sit down now?
Oh, not yet.
First I want you to have a look at the sign.
I want you to carefully read what it says.
Oh, great job!
You know how to sign Possum School and you can also finger spell Possum School.
That is beautiful Auslan but this is English.
See, in English, they've got the two words 'possum' and 'school' and each word has letters in it that form that word.
Today we are going to be reading and writing the words.
I like letters.
I think you are probably the only possum in the world that can sign and you've already started writing your name.
I don't think any other possum could do that.
No, most possums can't write English or sign.
They just make possum noises.
Mm, that's right.
Alright, why don't we sit down now.
Very soon, you will be able to read English words, and understand what they mean.
So, what we're going to do now is to use these letters that I've cut out of empty milk cartons.
We have a P.
Oh, and an S.
Which one do you think is the P?
Ah, this one.
That's the S.
Oh, great job, Possum.
These are good because we can paint them.
You start painting these, and I'm going to cut out some more letters, ok?
What other letters are you going to cut out?
Oh, you'll have to wait and see Possum.
When you see them, you'll understand what we're going to do.
We're going to make some very special English words.
Possum, hold on, I've had an idea.
Why don't we watch some children learning about words and spelling in English.
When signing, sometimes we must finger spell words.
I can finger spell Sally's name.
I can finger spell Possum's name.
I can't hear talking but I can understand writing.
Sometimes when I'm writing, I get stuck with spelling and I have to check that it's right.
Oh, wow! That was great!
Those kids were fantastic!
They love learning to write.
They're just like me.
That's right, Possum, they are.
I've made these letters for us.
Can you see if you can recognise any?
Oh, this one.
P for Possum.
That's my name!
Is there anything else you can recognise?
S for school.
Yes, that's right Possum!
What else do you think begins with S?
Now, you see this small S?
Look at your name again!
I have two S's.
That's right. Great.
Oh, here it is.
Oh, yes, that's right.
Now, I'm going to show you the other letters.
There's an M.
That's an O.
Oh, that's like my soccer ball.
That's a U.
Now, can you look at all the letters and see if you can find out what English word can be made with them?
Possum – P-O-S-S-U-M.
You can finger spell an English word.
Now, can you write the English word in your book?
Oh, that is great.
Now, there's another word I'd like you to look at.
Can you work out what English word we can make using these letters?
Oh, I know! I can make a special word out of these.
It's my favourite word.
It says is a S-A-L-L-Y, Sally!
Yes, my name.
You've managed to arrange the letters into an English word!
Can you write my name in English, in your book?
That says S-A-L-L-Y.
Sally! Your name.
Now you know how to sign them in Auslan and you can read them and write them in English.
That's great, Possum.
I think now's a good time to pack up and inside I have another surprise.
Sally, is this my surprise?
Can we have a look?
Yes, let's see if we can make some words!
Sally and Possum.
Oh, you are a very, very good signer and, now you can write English words.
Oh, Sally, thank you so much for teaching me the right way to write those words in English.
I had so much fun!
You have done a very good job Possum and I can see, from now on, you will really enjoy writing words.
It's so much fun and it's definitely worthwhile.
Oh, hang on Sally!
Well, our time is up
That's me and that's you.
Oh, that's me.
Skip has been working on something amazing and now it is time to see it in action, but Possum has been busy too. Watch carefully!
I'm here to see Skip, because I want to see his marble run.
So Possum, what brings you here so early in the morning?
Well, see my things here?
I've had a few ideas, but I'm stuck, and I need some help, so I thought your marble run could give me some ideas.
Well, everything's been going very well, and today could be the big day.
Does that mean it's a big, exciting day?
Yes, I think this could be the day we get the marble run to work.
Oh, hang on, Sally's here.
Oh hello, everyone!
Oh Skip, Possum was so excited about your marble run.
I am too.
Sally, Skip says he's almost finished.
Yes, everything's just about ready.
I've just got one little problem.
This ball should be rolling down there but it's getting stuck and I don't know why.
It's really puzzling me.
Oh Skip, I could help you.
I can just pick it up and move it.
Possum, do you think Skip would feel that he had solved the problem if you had to carry the ball over the gap?
Skip will be a bit disappointed, wouldn't he?
The ball should just roll down by itself.
Gravity should make it go.
If I stop that, it won't work.
You're right, though, gravity is what's at work here.
If you have a look, the ball is being pulled down by gravity.
Oh, but how does it start because I know when I've got my soccer ball, it doesn't start rolling by itself.
I have to kick it to make it move.
You need something to make it move.
It's me, pushing it.
You are using force.
If you kick it hard, it's going to move fast, and if you just gently tap, it's not going to go very far.
We're talking about a trigger, or a switch and that's what makes it start.
The trigger on this is a little lever.
The lever goes down, and the next marble starts to roll.
You've given me some great ideas Skip.
Now I think I know what I need to do!
Sometimes it can be hard to solve the big problems, so if you solve the little problems first, that can make it easier to solve the big problems.
Oh yes, you're right!
I just have to think things through.
Yes, it's very important to think creatively, and then you can pick the good ideas to make it work.
I can see some wonderful ideas, I can see how that part goes, and then that makes that happen next and then it's finished!
That is called a chain reaction.
You're right because one action makes the next action happen, and on and on.
Sally, what does that mean?
Oh, well, a chain reaction is when one action starts the next action, and that one starts another one after it, and so on and so on.
How about I show you?
You stand in the middle Possum.
Ok, straight line.
I'm going to start this by pushing you.
Why don't we watch some children learning about chain reactions using dominoes?
That was fantastic and that's given me some great ideas.
I think I know what I need to do now but, Skip, can you show me how the marble run works?
Now, Sally, do you think you could work out how it all starts?
Do you have water in this?
Yes, I do!
Right, now, well, something would fall into this bucket.
That would pull the watering can, the water would start to trickle, flow down through here, into this bucket.
That would fill up, and then when it gets heavy, it would pull the string, and the marble would start to roll.
Yes, you're spot-on!
This is giving me some fantastic ideas.
Oh, that's great and I think I might have found the solution to the problem I had earlier.
Well, I better get back.
I have a few things I need to do.
When can we come back and look at your marble run?
I'll let you know by flashing my light.
If you look from the top of your tree, you'll see the light at the top of my crow's nest.
If it's flashing, it means the marble run is ready and you can come over.
Alright, let's go!
I've been watching Possum working on his experiment.
I can see that he's trying to work out what to do next.
I think he's trying to make something like Skip's marble run.
I can see that he's thinking very hard and he always comes up with a creative way to solve a problem.
Have a look!
This is my chain reaction.
Well, you've got some very interesting ideas here, Possum.
Can you tell me how it works?
Well, I've learnt so much about levers and the ball rolling from seeing Skip's marble run.
His is so good and I want mine to be great too.
Well, I can see your ramp and that the ball will roll down it, so that's great.
Skip's marble run was so good, the way he made it.
So I want to make mine just as good as his.
I can't wait to go and see his marble run.
Why don't we go there now?
No Sally, we can't go yet.
Remember, Skip said we have to wait until we see the flashing light.
That means I'll have to wait, then.
Yes, that's right
Now, let's see.
Hmm, hat ball…
Ah, I've got it!
Oh, I won't tell you yet Sally but once you see it, then you'll understand.
Now, I'm going to go to the top of my tree and see if Skip's light's flashing.
OK, off you go.
The light isn't flashing.
The light's flashing!
I'm going to tell Sally.
Skip's light is flashing!
Let's go, come on.
Aha, good, good.
Oh, oh, come in, come in.
You've got here just at the right time!
We've been watching your crow's nest all day and when we saw the light flashing, we knew you were ready, and we ran on over.
Oh Skip, I'm so excited, I can't wait.
Can we do it now?
Hm, just a moment, Possum.
Where is my coffee?
Oh, surely your coffee can wait Skip.
Can't you show us the marble run?
Oh, is an important part.
Right, are you ready?
Come over here.
Now, I pull this to make it start.
Oh, quick, over here, quick.
Look at that one.
Oh, and that one.
Oh, oh, look, look.
Look, over here.
Oh, that was so amazing.
Oh, Skip, I love the way you make coffee.
Oh, I really enjoyed making this.
I know it's a bit silly just for a cup of coffee, but it was a lot of fun making it.
Oh, it's been a lot of fun to watch this. I really enjoyed it.
Wow, and that goes around and around and around.
Oh, this is great work. Look at that.
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh…
Oh, thank you.
I think it's the best one I've ever made.
I love it.
This is so very big!
I didn't make this one.
What's this for?
This is the trigger.
That is what makes it start.
Oh yes, I see, it starts it off and, Skip, you may pull the trigger.
Me but, before you do, make sure you're ready to run and follow the ball.
Oh, ho, this is very exciting.
Ooh, come on, come on.
That was really good.
Possum, you've made such a wonderful thing here.
You've been very creative making your chain reaction.
Oh, it is wonderful.
Oh, thank you, thank you.
I really enjoyed this.
It's been such a fun day.
Oh, yes, it was a great day, wasn't it?
Let's do it again.
Oh, yes – let's go!
Friends are very important and a surprise party is a good way to thank them, but who is going to be surprised at this party?
Today is going to be a very special day.
You know, I have a lot of very special friends.
You've seen some of them come to visit me here and today, we are going to have a surprise party for a very special person who is very helpful and wonderful.
I have lots of food and I'm going to put some decorations up.
We're going to have so much fun, you watch.
Possum will be here soon.
Sally, what's all this for?
Well Possum, I was actually just telling everyone that you were going to be here soon, and here you are.
Does that mean I didn't give you a surprise when I came in, Sally?
No, but it's nice to know that you're coming.
You've been such a good friend to me Possum.
You and I have been on many adventures and learned so many new things.
Sally, would you like a surprise?
Oh, yes, that would be nice but today, we're going to have a surprise, for a person who is always very helpful and they're a very good friend.
Who is it?
Oh, friends are really great.
Well, why don't we watch some children telling us things about their friends?
It's fun to play all together with your friends.
I have lots of friends to talk to.
I like it when all my friends sit together when we eat lunch.
We can all talk and we have a good time.
Friends are always happy to see you.
When I'm feeling sad, my friends will come over to me because they understand me and they'll help me, and that makes me feel happy again.
I have lots of friends.
They love learning Auslan.
My friends and I all look after each other to make sure we're ok.
I have many friends.
I can play with them and I can go out and have fun with them.
When I see new people, I like to go up and make new friends.
My friends can all use Auslan and we can all chat.
My friends are fun.
They come with me and we have a good time.
At my school, I have many friends, both hearing and deaf.
Friends are really wonderful, aren't they?
I wonder who the surprise is for?
A person that's always helping.
Sally's always helping me and she helps others!
Sally, why are you getting the food ready?
That's not going to be much of a surprise.
Oh, I'm happy to prepare the food.
I've got my plans for everything, so I'm happy to do it.
It's not for her.
Who's the surprise for?
Who else could be?
Who's always very helpful?
Oh Sally, is the surprise for Skip?
It is, isn't it?
He's always helping everyone.
Oh, I love his shed and all the tools he has in it and his crow's nest. It's so cool!
Oh Possum, you're always solving mysteries, aren't you?
Sally, you keep preparing the food and I'm going to go tell Skip, ok?
You can't go and tell him because if you tell him the surprise party is for him, he'll know and it won't be a surprise anymore.
So you can't tell him.
You'll have to keep it quiet.
I need to get Skip out of his house so I can prepare for the party.
Sally, you keep preparing the food and I'm going to go make a plan.
Alright then, Possum.
Skip is going to come through the gate.
All my friends will be here.
When Skip comes, we can go around the tree.
He'll walk past and once he's walked past, we can go this way, through the gate.
I'm going to go tell Sally.
I've worked out the plan.
I'm going to go and tell Skip now.
Oh, finally, he's gone.
That means I can get on with the preparations.
Oh hello, Possum!
How are you Possum?
How are things with you?
Oh good, thanks.
Oh, and I like surprises.
Do you know there's a surprise coming soon?
If I knew there was a surprise coming, it wouldn't be a surprise, would it?
Oh yes, that's correct.
I just wondered why you mentioned the word 'surprise', that's all.
Are you busy?
I'm always very busy.
I'm just doing this little job and I've got some things cooking in my galley that I'm keeping an eye on but they can wait.
What do you need?
Oh, that's lovely that you'd make time for me Skip, but if Sally was here, would you make time for her too?
Sally is so kind, and she's always very helpful.
Yes, that's true.
She's very kind and works very hard.
Oh, are you planning a surprise party for Sally?
How did you know?
You're so clever Skip!
I didn't say anything.
The surprise party is for Sally, not Skip.
I have a great idea, Possum.
Why don't we organise a party for Sally?
We can make some yummy food and put up some lovely decorations and we could invite all her friends as a big token of thanks for all the hard work she does.
Why don't we do it next week?
No, no, no, not next week.
Oh, that soon?
Oh, I better cook some more food then and I'll bring it over.
Ok, but don't tell anyone, though.
Oh, no, of course not Possum.
My lips are sealed.
Ok, I'm going to go now.
These look delicious.
Why is Amanda here?
Oh, I thought I was right the first time, but I was wrong.
Amanda is such a good friend and is always helping.
She's so kind.
The party must be for her!
This is great.
Hey, Possum, look, everything is ready.
Why don't the three of us now take the balloons and the food over to Skip's shed?
You didn't say anything to Skip, did you?
Oh, no, no, no, but Skip is very good at working things out, so I was very careful not to tell him anything.
Quickly, behind the tree.
Come on, follow me.
It's going to be such a special surprise.
I'll just grab these decorations.
Ooh, I think I better go back now.
Look, they're here!
Come in, come in!
Come in, come in.
Here we go.
I made this.
Oh, that looks lovely.
Pop that there.
Now, everyone's here.
Possum, I need you to go up to the crow's nest and keep an look out for Skip.
When you see him coming, let us know, ok?
Oh, Skip's coming!
Sally, Skip's coming!
Amanda, come with me.
Quick, come and hide!
Oh, this looks great!
Oh, I do love surprise parties.
All day, Possum has been trying to work out who the surprise party is for.
Well, it's great to have good friends, isn't it?
Yes, it is. Look!
Ooh…Sally, what's this for?
Well, this is a banner saying thank you to a very special friend.
Well, that means it's going to have Skip's name on it, and when it opens up, it'll say, "Thank you, Skip.
Well, Possum, why don't you cut the string and see?
Well…the surprise wasn't for Skip.
That's right. It wasn't for me and you thought the party was for Sally.
Huh, and it wasn't for me either.
The surprise party was for you!
Sally, does that mean you're going to say "our time is up"?
Let's enjoy the party.
Let's eat and have some fun.
Great, let's eat! Come on.
Let's eat! Come on.
This is good.
Mm, mm, mm!
Ooh, ooh, ooh!
Come on, everyone.
Let's go play soccer in Sally's yard.
Come on, everyone!
10 hits, ok?
Can I have one, please?
Sally and I made this model.
It's a model of Sally's backyard.
Oh, look, look!
Oh, great job Skip
Oh quickly, come across.
Ladies, look, this is my garden, before there were so many awful weeds everywhere.
Oh, feel the breeze.
Doesn't she look great?
Such beautiful hair.
Who wants to have a look in my tree?
You want to?
Ok, come on!
In you go, in you go,
In you go, in you go!
Yeah, come on.
Wow, look at that bird!
Sally, thank you so much for today's party.
I really enjoyed myself.
I had so much fun.
Oh yes, Possum.
We've had such a fun day, haven't we?
It's wonderful to have such good friends.
Sally, you are my very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very best friend.
Oh thank you, Possum, and you are my very best friend ever too.
Ooh, Sally, come outside.
Oh, it was great! Just right!
Here they are.
It's been great day today.
Such a great day, Sally.