Weights and Measures Me Too!


Weights and Measures

Drama series for four- to six-year-olds. Mickey teaches the children about weighing and measuring with comparators and a homemade set of fulcrum scales.


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# Come on and get on down to the city

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# Where the trains all clatter through

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# Hey! Look at that driver driving

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-# I want to ride that train of blue

-Me too

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# I'm looking way up high to the windows

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# Take a peek for an inside view

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# All these people busy working

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# I want to see what they all do

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# Come on, let's weave around the market

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# Do you hear the hullabaloo?

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# Everybody's busy selling

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-# I wanna buy me something new

-Me too

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# Look through the arches under the station

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# Down where the pigeons perch and coo

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# Take a taxi ride to the river

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# I wanna drive down the avenue

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# Hey, look at those buses gleaming

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# They look so clean and spanking new

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# All lined up to drive around the city

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-# Let me ting that bell

-Ding, ding!

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# Going to ride on round to the school stop

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# Where the children hurry through

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# Sit down, the teacher's teaching

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-# I'd love to learn a thing or two

-Me too

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# I love to skip in Riverseafingal

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# Riverseafingal, by the sea. #

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Eight o'clock.

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# Come on and get on down to the city

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-# Where the ferryboat sails are blue

-Sails are blue

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# Time to call on Granny Murray

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# She'd love to say hello to you... #

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Hello, honey-pie. Come away in and see who's at home today.

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# Granny Murray's house has two at home to play

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# Granny Murray's house is home to... #

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Who's here today?

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Well we've got Maria and we've got Carrie.

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Don't just sit there! Let's have some fun!

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Let's go outside. It's a beautiful day.

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Who want's to go on Granny Murray's seesaw?

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Ready? Push. Whee!

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Ooh, that's fantastic!

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We've got Maria and Carrie.

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But someone's missing from home today.

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Who's coming home to Granny Murray? Who's that?

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Who's legs are those coming down the steps?

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It's Rebecca!

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Yes! With Mickey John. Hello, there!

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Hello, Mickey John.

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-Come on, darlings. Come and see Rebecca.

-Hello, chaps.

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Now we'll do something new.

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Why don't we dress Claude up as a big strong man?

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Off you go, my darlings.

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-Strong man? You mean like me.

-Oh, yes, Mickey John!

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So, what have you got planned for today?

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I'm taking the children around the city.

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-Then we'll all get ourselves weighed.

-What a great idea!

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They can learn about heavy things.

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It'll make it easier for big school.

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Do some children not understand how heavy things are?

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It can be tricky.

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Take my Rebecca.

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She doesn't know why she can't lift me up,

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but I can lift her right up in the air, no problem.

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Are you Superman in disguise?

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No, but I bet I can lift you up.

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No, stop it, Mickey John, you can't lift me!

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-Let's try anyway!

-No, no, no!

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Away with you, now!

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-OK.

-Right. Careful, easy does it.

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-On three.

-One, two, three.

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Ooh!

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How did you manage to lift me so easily?

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The important thing about lifting things is how you lift them.

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Come and have a look.

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If I want to lift this big cushion, I bend my leg at the knees,

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grab hold of the cushion, and then push up with my legs.

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Oh, now I see.

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It's amazing what you can learn when you see how something is done.

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Will you look at Claude.

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Well, you certainly look like a strong man now, Claude.

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-Here you are.

-What's this?

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A balancing butterfly. This looks like fun, too.

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I'll take it to school.

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-Thanks, love.

-Goodbye, Dad.

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Have fun with Granny Murray.

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Come on, pumpkin.

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Now, remember.

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It's amazing what you can learn when you see how something's done.

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Thank you. See you later.

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-Bye-bye. We'll be thinking of you.

-Me too!

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You keep an eye on Mickey John. Make sure he goes the right way to work.

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WHISTLE PEEPS

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I don't have much time. How can I speed across the river to work?

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HORN BLARES

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That's right, thanks.

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# I'm in, in, in, in, in a hurry

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# I nee, nee, nee, need to speed to work

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# I take a take a ticket on a speedboat

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# I'll be, be, be, be, be, be there quite quick

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# Hurry, hurry, hurry down the river

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# Splashing, splashing through the waves

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# Whining, whining drives the speed up

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# Chugga, chugga slows us down.

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# Rocking, rocking to the dock

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# Go splashing, splashing to our stop

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# I'm in, in, in, in, in a hurry

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# I nee, nee, nee, need to speed to work

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# I'm in, in, in, in, in a hurry

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# I nee, nee, need to speed to work! #

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Hurry, hurry, hurry.

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And hurry, hurry, hurry. Put my tie on.

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All snazzy and ready to go!

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Oh. Rebecca's balancing butterfly.

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# Seesaw Margery Daw. #

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Playtime already, Mickey John?

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Sorry, Rudi. I was just getting ready for today's lesson.

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I believe you(!)

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I thought I'd say, "hello" after taking an order from the canteen.

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-Why wouldn't the owl sing when it was raining?

-I don't know!

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Because he said he was, "To wet to woo!"

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You'll like this one.

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-What's...

-BELL RINGS

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You'll have to save that one.

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9 o'clock, here comes my class. Better start work.

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I suppose so. I'd better get back to work.

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Could you come back later and chat to the class about weighing things?

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-It's my special project.

-Sorry. I'm going to be really busy today.

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I'll send some stuff over to teach the kids how much things weigh.

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-That would be great! See you, Rudi. Bye!

-All the best!

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Right. Can you do some silent reading while I take the register?

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I wonder if Rebecca has set off on her walk yet?

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# I love to skip in Riverseafingal

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# Riverseafingal, by the sea

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# I love to skip in Riverseafingal

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# Riverseafingal, that's for me. #

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Have a lovely day!

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I wish I could be a fly on the wall at the nursery.

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What's it like at your school, Daddy?

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Special delivery for a Mickey John!

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Let's see what Rudi sent over.

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Bananas, turnips, oh, and a coconut.

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All sorts of things!

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I can use these to teach the children about weighing.

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-Thanks for bringing them over.

-Bye!

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We'll do some weighing later. There's still lots of hard work to do.

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My day is so busy!

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# I whoop with joy when I go to school in the morning

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# Teaching with my chums and see the children learning

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# School day Work away

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# I'm learning learning learning when I'm teaching

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# I'm teaching learning teaching learning teaching

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# School day Work away

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# Teaching to count and read

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# Learning about birds and seeds

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# Playing outdoors Blow my whistle, keeping score

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# School day Work away

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# I'm learning learning when I'm teaching

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# We're learning learning when he's teaching

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# School day Work away

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# Oh, the secretary's smiling as she does her organising

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# Janny fixes, cooky mixes The cleaner keeps us shining

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# I whoop with joy when I go to school in the morning

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# All in a line in the dinner queue As the cooky serves a stew

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# Answering - where and why?

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# How does it work? How does it fly?

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# School day Work away

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# I'm learning learning when I'm teaching

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# He's learning learning when he's teaching

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# School day Work away

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# The children eye me as they sit and try their writing

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# I take a look I mark their books

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# The good ones get a smiley

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# I whoop with joy when I go to school in the morning. #

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BELL RINGS

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-Can I talk now?

-Yes, you can talk now, Louie.

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It's lunchtime.

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Great! Rudy sent these over.

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It's a spare set of scales - very hi-tech!

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Is that one of those scales that talks? Let's try it.

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Put it on my desk!

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One cabbage, wasn't it, darlin'?

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This one 'ere. Fresh this morning.

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'0.5 kilos.'

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Incredible! What will they think of next?

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Let's try this coconut.

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'1.2 kilos.'

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Brilliant, just brilliant!

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This'll be very useful later today. Thanks.

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No probs, Mickey John. Catch you later!

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Now, what can I weigh next?

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Ha-ha, course! Rebecca's butterfly.

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'Five grams.'

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Rebecca would love to see this.

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I wonder what she's doing right now?

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Come on, my darling. There it is there!

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Here we are - a special weighing machine.

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It looks fancy. It speaks your weight!

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I went on last week and it said, "Granny Murray, stop eating pies."

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Let's get the money out.

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'16 kilos.'

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16 kilos?! Wow! Wait till we tell your dad that one!

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Good girl! Wheee!

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-'I'm thinking of you, Daddy.'

-I hope you're having fun, my love.

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-Hiya!

-Oh, Bobby, what brings you here?

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Just gonna show my friend around.

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-He's thinking about sending his son here.

-A brilliant choice.

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I hope your friend's seen how great it is.

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The teachers are incredible, especially me!

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We go on trips to museums and we have all the latest hi-tech gadgets

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to teach the children about weighing things. Take a look!

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Ooh, wow! So how does that work?

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There's nothing to it. See this coconut? It weighs...

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'1.2 kilos.'

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1.2 kilograms!

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And this turnip weighs...

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'0.8 kilos.'

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0.8 kilograms. Amazing, isn't it?

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Sort of, but I still don't really understand how much things weigh.

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-Hey?

-Just because these amazing newfangled scales

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can tell that this turnip weighs 0.8 kilos,

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-what does that mean?

-Hey?

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Is it heavy or is it light?

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Does this turnip weigh the same as three carrots?

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I dunno. Call me old-fashioned.

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I'd best be off. Good luck with your class later. Bye!

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But... I thought the scales

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would help the children understand about weighing things.

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But maybe Bobby's right. BELL RINGS

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One o'clock - time for class to start again.

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I want to teach the class about how heavy and light different things are,

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but I don't know how! Where did the time go?

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At eight o'clock, I dropped off Rebecca at Granny Murray's.

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Granny Murray said they'd go for a walk

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and weigh themselves, just for fun.

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It gave me the idea to teach my class about weighing things.

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At nine o'clock, Rudi popped in with a joke.

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I told him about my weighing lesson

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and he said he'd send some stuff over to help.

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At 10 o'clock,

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Louie interrupted our silent reading to bring some fruit and veg

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for my weighing lesson.

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At 12 o'clock, the children went for lunch.

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Louie called by again with Rudi's scales.

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We had fun as we weighed different vegetables.

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At one o'clock, Bobby popped in.

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I showed her the scales, but she still didn't understand.

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She wanted to know whether things were light or heavy

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or whether a cabbage weighed the same as three potatoes.

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-The scales can't show that!

-It's amazing what you can learn

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when you see how something's done.

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Granny Murray said it's amazing what you can learn

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when you see how something's done.

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I have to make a different sort of scales

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where we can see how things balance.

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Something like...a seesaw!

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The class are waiting for their lesson. It's a race against time!

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# I gotta do it I gotta do it

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# I gotta beat the clock before the chime

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# I gotta sort it I gotta sort it

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# I gotta do the job on time

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# Like a busy bee, I'm gonna beat that bong

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# I'll finish the job before I finish this song

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# Do we think he's gonna do it? Do the job that needs to be done

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# Will he know how to fix it?

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# Will he finish what he has begun?

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# Sure as we are friends, he will get there in the end

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# Cos he knows what he should do

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-# I'm gonna do it

-He's gonna do it

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# I'll beat the clock before the chime

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-# I'm gonna sort it

-He's gonna sort it

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# I'm gonna do the job on time

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# Like a busy bee, I'm gonna beat that bong

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# I'm gonna finish the job before I finish this song. #

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With my new seesaw scale, it's much easier to see

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what's heavy or light.

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So are you ready to do some more weighing?

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-ALL:

-Yes!

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OK, this parsnip and this banana.

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Which is heavier? Yes?

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-Banana?

-Let's see.

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Banana.

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Parsnip.

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Oh, they're about the same!

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Right. Now...

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A turnip and a lettuce.

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Which one is heavier? Yes?

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-Lettuce?

-You think the lettuce is heavier?

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It's certainly bigger. Let's have a look.

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Bit of a tight squeeze.

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Turnip.

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Oh, the turnip's heavier, even though it's smaller.

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You only ever really learn about weights when you see them in action.

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Oh, wow! Look at that!

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That's a special weighing machine to weigh the lorries.

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That must weigh about 50 tons!

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That's 20 elephants. Can you imagine?

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I bet your dad would love to bring his class to see this.

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Talking about Dad, we'd better get home soon.

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He'll be here to pick you up, won't he?

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That's it, keep safe.

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Come on, you two.

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Mickey John, come in.

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-Look who's here, Rebecca!

-Hello, beautiful girl!

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How are you?

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-Have you had a lovely time?

-You bet we have!

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Say thank you to Granny Murray.

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Come here, my darling. Good girl!

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And thanks from me. Your saying,

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"It's amazing what you learn when you see how something's done,"

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-saved the day.

-Well, I never did! Come on, you'd better be off.

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-Looking forward to next time!

-Me, too!

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Rebecca, let's chat about our time away.

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And I suppose you'll want me to tell you all about my time, too.

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# Well, there was...

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# Playing, creeping, jumping Chasing, baking

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# Bathing, singing, swinging Rocking, hiding

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# Jumping up and turning round

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# Dressing up and sitting down. #

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But what was really special about today?

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Well, Claude was dressed as a strongman.

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Then Mickey John lifted me up and fell over!

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That gave him the idea

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of teaching his class about weighing things.

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Then I took the children to weigh ourselves - brilliant fun!

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I hope you enjoyed yourself.

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Me too. Bye-bye, honey-pie.

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# I love to skip in Riverseafingal

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# Riverseafingal, by the sea

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# I love to skip in Riverseafingal

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# Riverseafingal, that's for me. #

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# Come on and get on down to the city

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-# Where the ferryboat sails are blue

-Sails are blue

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# Time to call on Granny Murray

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# She'd love to say goodbye to you... #

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Me too!

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