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Berwick Holiday Park
Cherry Class have developed a community link with Berwick Holiday Park and have been participating in outdoor learning activities with Brian O’Brien, the Park Ranger, on a Monday from 10.00am until 2.00pm.
Week 1 - We visited the park and met Brian the Park Ranger and Dylan his line manager. We had a hot chocolate in the meetings room and discussed the types of activities we would be doing. Brian showed us his Ranger room and took us around all of the leisure facilities at the park.
Week 2 – We were extremely busy in week 2! We made our own ‘A’ frame wooden shelter following a demonstration from Brian. We worked as a team, safely and carefully, taking turns to drag the wood over and place it correctly to interlock it. Brian showed us how to light a fire in the wild. We all had to practise as it was really tricky but we all lit a fire successfully using Firesteel sets. Brian then showed us how to dig a hole and build a camp fire. We got to roast marshmallows on the fire and make S’mores which were delicious! We also tidied up Brian’s outdoor woodland area which was a bit messy after the last storm. We used Brian’s tools and equipment to rake, tidy and chop. He showed us how to saw branches safely with a sharp hand saw.
Week 3 – We made wooden bird houses in week 3. We all patiently took turns to work with Brian to measure and saw the wood. We used a special drill to drill the hole for the bird which was very hard work. We took turns using a hammer and nails to put the bird house together and Brian showed us how to use a special waterproof felt on the roof to create a hinge for the roof to open and close for cleaning. We were very proud of ourselves.
Cherry Class are excited to be going back to Berwick Holiday Park at the start of the new season in 2024 to do more outdoor learning activities with Brian.