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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
Plants and trees Discovering the properties and uses of different wild and cultivated plants and trees Hug a tree with Eyes closed; or sit with your spine against a tree, see how you feel after a short while like this.
Plants and trees Discovering the properties and uses of different wild and cultivated plants and trees Lie on the forest floor and look up to see the heavens from the point of view of a tree - seeing the leaves, the wind, etc. Gazing like a tree, see what their day is like, watching the sun, clouds, plants and animals, they sense the world through their leaves and their roots (not through Eyes). If inspired, write a creative piece about what it is like to be a tree.
Plants and trees Discovering the properties and uses of different wild and cultivated plants and trees Learn about the life cycle of different plants, flowering and non-flowering.
Plants and trees Discovering the properties and uses of different wild and cultivated plants and trees Describe the uses of local plants and trees.
Plants and trees Discovering the properties and uses of different wild and cultivated plants and trees Learn about photosynthesis - how plants use the energy from the sun to make wood (carbon) and oxygen (which we breath).
Plants and trees Discovering the properties and uses of different wild and cultivated plants and trees Learn why it is important to have lots of different types of plants and trees, and how different ones are adapted to different conditions or niches (e.g. sun vs shade, wet vs dry) etc.
Plants and trees Discovering the properties and uses of different wild and cultivated plants and trees Learn about the different parts of a plant; root, stem/trunk, leaf, flower, fruit.
Plants and trees Creating arts and crafts from natural materials Spend a night in a forest camping in a self-built shelter.
Plants and trees Creating arts and crafts from natural materials Use tools to create useful items with natural resources e.g. carve a wooden butter knife, weave a basket, dye wool.
Plants and trees Creating arts and crafts from natural materials Create a shelter from materials that you can find around you in the forest such as sticks, bark, bracken, leaves.
Plants and trees Creating arts and crafts from natural materials Tie 4 sticks together using square lashing to make a picture frame. Walk around the woods (or other natural area) placing the picture frame in different places as if it is a painting.
Plants and trees Creating arts and crafts from natural materials Weave a basket and use it to collect plants which you forage.
Plants and trees Fire See and smell fire and see how it changes when different materials are burning (non-toxic ones).
Plants and trees Fire Cook flat bread, e.g. chapati, on the campfire.
Plants and trees Fire Roast vegetable shish kebabs (vegetables on a green stick) over the fire.
Plants and trees Fire Learn the fire safety rules (e.g. having long hair and loose clothes tied back, kneeling in the 'respect' position on one knee, walking around the outside of the fire circle etc.).
Plants and trees Fire Light a fire with a flint and steel or bow drill, experiment with different tinders, and then feed it with dry sticks found in the woods.
Plants and trees Fire Make beeswax candles.
Plants and trees Fire Reuse cooking oil to make an oil lamp.
Plants and trees Fire Tell the story of the fire monster: A long, long time ago there was a fire monster living in a cave with a fire which he wouldn't share with the other animals. Firstly the lion tried to steal the fire, then the elephant tried to steal it, finally a little bird went. The bird stayed with the fire monster eating the bugs from it's back for a long time, then when the monster was sleeping it stole the fire, got blackened by it, then threw it to the badger who got blackened up its face, the fox caught it with its tale (also getting blackened). Finally the ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior) caught it and captured it, which is why its finger-shaped buds are black, and if you tickle it the ash will give it back.

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