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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
Air How climate affects habitats and cultures Find out about the diversity of climates around the world and the different biotopes.
Air How climate affects habitats and cultures Participate in a talking circle in which everyone expresses how they feel about the impacts of humans on the climate.
Air How climate affects habitats and cultures Write about a climate and imagine what it feels like, e.g. "I am a desert, I am hot and dry. The winds blow and whip up my sands."
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets Observe the path of the sun at different times of the year and draw a plan showing the height (or angle) of it.
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets Learn how to tell the difference between a star and a planet in the night sky by using the song "twinkle twinkle little star" as stars twinkle and planets do not
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets Make a stop-motion movie of the motion of the sun by taking photos from the same place regularly throughout the day. Do this in June and in December to compare.
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets Make a sundial by drawing a circle on the ground with two footprints in the centre indicating the place where the child will stand to cast their shadow. On a sunny day one child stands in the footprints at each hour on the hour. The others mark on the circle where the shadow falls. Then the children will be able to use the sundial to tell the time.
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets Use a torch and orange (or ball/globe) to demonstrate how the tilting of the Earth on its axis creates different seasons. See how this explains why it is summer in the Northern hemisphere when it is winter in the Southern hemisphere.
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets Read a compass to find North, South, East and West
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets Take a map of a garden the children are observing and create an "overlay map" of the shadows at different times of day. Place a piece of tracing paper over the map and invite children draw the shadows that they observe on the paper. Repeat this at different times of day/year.
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets Know the difference between a star and a planet using the song and the ways planets affect us and plants
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets Learn about the moon cycles and the tradition of planting by the moon. Make a moon planting calendar.
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets Listen to mythological stories about the constellations and stars.
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets Visualise an imaginary journey into space - experiencing weightlessness and the silence of space, seeing the Earth and moon from outer space, and feeling the immensity of the universe.
Connections Patterns See fractals (e.g. in a cauliflower, ferns).
Connections Patterns See the same pattern in different natural systems (e.g. the branching pattern is in trees, rivers, leaves and lungs), try using a magnifying glass to observe closely.
Connections Patterns See the patterns within the large scale (e.g. stars, weather or ocean currents), to give us a sense of place and develop a sense of awe.
Connections Patterns Find different patterns in several different systems: (e.g. spirals in rivers: flowers: snails, also spirals, scatter, wave, net, lobe) and try to work out the function of that pattern (e.g. branching for collection and distribution, spirals for growth).
Connections Patterns Create colour print from plants (e.g. through hapa zome) to see the patterns within leaves and flowers.

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