Episode 13

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Hello!

(SNORES)

Hmm.

Huh?

Look.

Oh!

Huh? Whoa!

Hmm.

Whoa!

(LAUGHS) Huh?

Look!

Oh!

I'm Sally.

And I'm Possum.

BOTH: Hello!

Hm. Great.

Ha-ha!

Hi, Possum.

Hi, Sally.

Hello.

Hi, everyone.

The toast is almost ready.

Oh, great!

I'll go and get it.

Oh. Oh?

Oh, which one's my chair.

I've forgotten.

(GIGGLES) Shh. Ha-ha!

(CHUCKLES)

Oh.

Oh.

Shh.

Oh, that cheeky Possum

is playing a trick on me.

He normally sits in that chair.

And now he's moved into mine.

Hm. I'll play a trick on him.

I know...

Ooh.

Shh. (CHUCKLES)

Hmm.

(CHUCKLES) Hmm.

Ha-ha!

Huh?

Ha-ha-ha!

(LAUGHS)

Ha-ha!

Oh. Sally!

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.

Oh, Sally. I was just joking.

This is your chair.

And that's my chair.

I'm just playing with you.

(LAUGHS) You're funny!

Yes, that was funny.

(LAUGHS) Oh!

We don't always have to set in

the same chairs.

You can move around. That's OK.

Ah.

Sally, your chair

is very comfortable.

It's just like my chair.

Yes.

I was just pretending to forget

which one was my chair.

(BOTH CHUCKLE)

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.

Oh. It's like at school, isn't it?

Like our list to show

who is here today.

We could make a list like that.

Oh, yeah. 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.

Oh!

Well, not only your name,

but my name as well.

Oh, yeah! But...

Wait, it's important that we learn

at Possum School.

Oh!

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.

Yes!

Why don't we go outside

and set it up, OK?

OK. Great.

Let's go.

Ha-ha.

Right.

(HUMS HAPPILY)

Ha-ha!

Whoa. (LAUGHS)

Great.

And there.

Oh, good.

And...

Done. Ha-ha.

Ready.

Let's go.

(CHUCKLES)

Who is at school today?

I am!

Great.

Put your name up there.

OK.

There.

And I'm here too.

Ooh.

Great.

Good.

Now, is my student here?

Yes.

Are you ready to learn?

Yes! I'm always ready to learn.

That's great.

Oh, can I sit down now?

Oh, not yet.

First I want you to have a look

at the sign.

OK.

I want you to carefully read

what it says.

Right. OK.

Hm.

Possum...

That's right.

And...

..School.

Oh, great job!

You know how to sign Possum School.

And you can also finger spell

Possum School.

Ah, yeah.

That is beautiful Auslan.

But this is English.

Oh.

It's different.

See, in English,

they've got the two words -

'possum' and 'school'.

And each word has letters in it

that form that word.

Oh.

Today we are going to be reading

and writing the words.

Oh! 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.

Yeah.

I don't think any other possum

could do that.

No, most possums

can't write English or sign.

They just make possum noises.

(LAUGHS)

Mm, that's right.

(BOTH CHUCKLE)

Good job.

Alright, why don't we sit down now.

Oh, OK.

Great.

Right.

Good.

Very soon, you will be able to

read English words,

and understand what they mean.

That's great.

So, what we're going to do now

is to use these letters that

I've cut out of empty milk cartons.

Oh.

We have a P.

Oh.

And an S.

Which one do you think is the P?

Ah.

Um... Hm.

Ah, this one.

You're right.

And... Oh!

That's the S.

Oh, great job, Possum. You're right.

These are good

because we can paint them.

Oh.

You start painting these,

and I'm going to cut out

some more letters, OK?

Sally? 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.

Oh, OK!

Great. Now...

Hmm.

Hm.

Uh-huh.

Possum, hold on, I've had an idea.

Why don't we watch some children

learning about words and spelling

in English.

Oh! Yeah, let's watch.

When signing, sometimes we must

finger spell words.

Sally. S-A-L-L-Y.

Sally.

I can finger spell Sally's name.

S-A-L-L-Y.

Possum.

P-O-S-S-U-M.

Possum.

Possum.

I can finger spell Possum's name.

P-O-S-S-U-M.

Teacher.

T-E-A-C-H-E-R.

Teacher.

Teacher.

I can't hear talking

but I can understand writing.

Learn. L-E-A-R-N.

Learn.

Sometimes when I'm writing,

I get stuck with spelling

and I have to check that it's right.

Good.

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?

Mmm, OK.

Oh, this one.

There.

Ah, yes.

That's P.

P for Possum.

That's my name! Ha-ha.

Yes, that's right.

Is there anything else

you can recognise?

Hm.

Oh. This one.

Yes?

That's S.

S for school.

Yes, that's right, Possum!

What else do you think

begins with S?

Oh. Sally.

Your name.

(LAUGHS) Yes, that's right!

Now, you see this small S?

Yeah.

Look at your name again!

Mm. OK.

Hm.

Oh.

I have two S's.

That's right. Great.

Oh!

Oh, here it is.

Oh, yes, that's right.

Great.

Now, I'm going to show you

the other letters.

OK.

There's an M.

M. OK.

That's an O.

O. Oh, that's like my soccer ball.

It's round.

Yes, that's right.

(LAUGHS)

Oh. Ahh.

(CHUCKLES)

That's a U.

U. Great.

Now, can you look at all the letters

and see if you can find out what

English word can be made with them?

Oh.

Hm.

Oh, I know.

Possum - P-O-S-S-U-M.

That's fantastic!

You can finger spell

an English word.

Yeah.

Now, can you write the English word

in your book?

OK.

There.

Oh, that is great.

Well done.

Ha-ha. Yeah.

Great. Now, there's another word

I'd like you to look at.

Ooh.

Can you work out what English word

we can make using these letters?

Hm.

S.

School...

No.

No?

Oh.

Oh, I know! I can make

a special word out of these.

It's my favourite word.

(CHUCKLES)

It says is a S-A-L-L-Y, Sally!

Your name!

Yes, my name.

You've managed to arrange

the letters into an English word!

Can you write my name in English,

in your book?

OK.

Hm.

Look!

(CHUCKLES)

Oh. That says S-A-L-L-Y.

Sally! Your name.

Yes, that's right!

Now you know how to sign them

in Auslan

and you can read them

and write them in English.

That's great, Possum.

Yeah!

I think now's a good time to pack up.

And inside I have another surprise.

Oh, OK. Let's go!

Oh!

Ahh!

Sally, is this my surprise?

Yes, it is!

Yay! Can we have a look?

Yes, have a look.

Ooh.

(LAUGHS)

(GASPS) Oh, that's great!

Yes, let's see

if we can make some words!

OK.

Hm.

Hm.

(CHUCKLES)

That's great!

Sally and Possum.

Yes.

Oh, you are a very, very

good signer.

And, now you can write

English words.

Yes.

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.

Yeah.

It's so much fun

and it's definitely worthwhile.

Yeah. Oh, hang on, Sally!

Ooh.

(CHUCKLES)

Oh.

Over here.

(BOTH CHUCKLE)

Mm. Ha-ha-ha!

(LAUGHS)

I'm Possum.

Well, our time is up.

Thanks for watching.

See you next time.

Bye.

Bye.

(BOTH LAUGH)

You're so funny.

Sally!

Oh.

That's me and that's you.

Oh, that's me.

Possum spells

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.

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