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Then, you lift your body on your forearms and toes, press forward and lower yourself on to the ground. It takes quite a bit of strength to do this. That’s why it’s tiring and can’t be done for a long time. Movement in the Field 1: Worksheet Pre-Listening Activities 1. Match the words on the left with their definitions on the right. 1. Stay alert 2. avoid noise 3. bent 4. twigs 5. rear end/arse 6. cover 7. keep low 8. observe 9. sole 10. to keep your balance 11. crawl 12. roll 13. heel a) look carefully b) very small branches c) part of the foot, at the back d) not straight e) to move like a ball on the ground f) somewhere to hide behind g) to be safe from falling over h) be always looking and listening i) to move on your hands and knees j) the part of your body you sit on k) part of the foot; at the bottom and to the front l) keep quiet m) stay smaller than your real height 2.

You need five straight branches. You cut all the side twigs and branches off so you are left with a five long poles; You then chop the poles so that you have four the same size and one a bit longer. You push the four poles that are the same size into the ground. Two at the front and two at the back. You push them in diagonally so they cross each other at the top. You then tie the two pieces together at the place where they cross. Then you put a pole across the top. So, what you have is the frame of a tent.

You’ll have to keep dodging the smoke. And don’t be lazy. Prepare your food while the fire is burning down to embers, don’t just sit and watch the flames. And because you have taken so much time and trouble over getting the fire right, you have to make maximum use of the heat when the fire is at its best. Put on a mess tin of water whilst your eating to make a hot cup of tea when you’ve finished. Oh and one last thing, using cooking foil is very efficient. If you’re lucky to have some, wrap food in cooking foil and put it in the embers.

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