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Holistic Planning

Theme:
A. Introducing permaculture
B. Living nature
C. Design
D. Growing food
E. Built environment and resource use
F. Social permaculture
Holistic planning (HP):
Eyes
Hands
Heart
Head
Age:
3-6
7-12

Theme  Topic  Sub Topic Age HP Details
Work out ways to measure and record different aspects of the weather - the rainfall, wind direction, wind speed, hours of sunlight.
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms Make a poster (or use an app) to give a voice to an animal - describing its rights (e.g. freedom to move and play outside, to have natural food to eat).
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms Discuss ways which animals help people, and how (e.g. bees pollinate plants without which we wouldnt eat any fruit, spiders eat mosquitoes).
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms Learn how the food web and web of life works in a particular local habitat.
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms Learn about animal adaptations to extreme conditions (e.g. cold, wet, dry, hot).
Design Analysing what you found out Experience or observe other people doing an analysis and help as far as possible.
Design Analysing what you found out Collate (pull together) information gathered in the survey stage, draw into mindmaps, diagrams, or lists with different headings.
Design Analysing what you found out Decide what the main functions of the design are, possibly writing out goals (what we want to achieve from the design).
Design Analysing what you found out Play with 'random assembly' with cards (each person has a card with an element drawn on it) move around the room putting different elements (identified in your survey) together in unusual ways (using different prepositions) to see if something new can emerge (e.g. wormery +in+raised bed = worm tower in raised bed).
Design Analysing what you found out Chose two elements, which may be in the design, to dramatise. Children are split into four even-sized groups - inputs and outputs for each element. Each child becomes either an input or output of their element. Dramatise to show how an output from one element can become an input to another element.
Design Analysing what you found out Celebrate the gathering and integration of information.
Design Analysing what you found out Express how each person in the group feels throughout each stage of the design process.
Design Analysing what you found out Discuss the functions of different types of patterns (e.g. branching pattern for collection and distribution)
Design Analysing what you found out Each person creates a card with one element (which may be in the design) and list all the potential inputs on one side and outputs on the other side. See if you can join up outputs from one element to make an input to another element. Is there a way to place them to enable these connections to be made?
Design Analysing what you found out Work out your 'limiting factors': list all the things which might limit your design (what problems might you encounter e.g. summer holidays, money, skills).
Design Analysing what you found out Become familiar with vocabulary such as analysis, tool box, input, output.
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms Animal families, homes, names, footprints and other signs Visit a farm and learn about how the farmers care for different animals and what the animals contribute to the farm.
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms Animal families, homes, names, footprints and other signs Listen to different birdsongs in the forest and garden.
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms Animal families, homes, names, footprints and other signs See, touch, smell, hear different signs of animals, such as feathers, bones, skulls, fur, footprints, poo, bird song.
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms Animal families, homes, names, footprints and other signs Look after an animal for several weeks (e.g. worms, fish, chickens) with the help of an adult.

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