Too Many Fire Engines
When a team of railway inspectors come to the Island of Sodor, they question whether Sir Topham Hatt needs two fire engines. This causes concern for Sodor’s fire fighting team, Flynn and Belle. When Belle beats Flynn to two fires in a row, Flynn really starts to wonder if he is a Really Useful engine or not. He tells Belle to take his place on guard at the Ulfstead Castle Fireworks display and sulks in his shed. But when another fire starts on the same night, Flynn races to put it out, proving Sir Topham Hatt really does need two fire engines after all.
Learning Goals: Making meaningful contributions; demonstrating responsibility
Gordon Runs Dry
Gordon is a proud engine who believes he is the fastest and the best. But when a stone from one of Paxton’s trucks bounces off his boiler, Gordon doesn’t want to wait to be checked over and hurries on his way, only to find that he has to keep stopping again and again to take on more water. When Gordon finally runs completely out of water leaving his passengers stranded, he realizes that his boiler was damaged by the stone and has been leaking – “Oh the indignity!”. Gordon must rely on Thomas, Percy and Paxton to shunt him to the Steamworks for repair and help his passengers reach their destination. Gordon learns to see the “dignity” in teamwork!
Learning Goals: Teamwork; accepting and appreciating help; understanding there are consequences to one’s actions