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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
Buildings Natural building materials Learn basic tool safety rules, e.g. when carrying a tool always walk (not run), hold it in a safe way, the names of the different parts of the tool (e.g. handle, blade).
Buildings Natural building materials Learn vocabulary for natural building materials, such as moss, straw, clay.
Buildings Shelter Experience sleeping in a shelter made by themselves from local natural materials and compare it with living indoors.
Buildings Shelter Use ropes and strings to tie knots to build something (such as a shelter).
Buildings Shelter Find out traditional ways peoples in different places showed gratitude for warmth and shelter; what kinds of blessings did they have? Create a blessing ceremony for a fairy home or a real home based on things that you learn about those traditions.
Buildings Shelter Learn that people in different parts of the world design their homes and buildings to best suit the materials they have and their climate.
Buildings Natural building materials Choose a simple building plan and then try building it (for example with wooden blocks).
Buildings Natural building materials Build something e.g. a shelter, chicken tractor, raised bed and create a scale drawing of it.
Buildings Natural building materials Make models using different geometry (e.g. reciprocal-frame roof, geodesic dome etc.)
Buildings Natural building materials Make a scale-drawing (and learn how to read them).
Buildings Natural building materials Experiment with using thermal mass (e.g. a water storage or rock inside a polytunnel) and see how when inserted in case help keep the temperatures moderate (cooler in afternoon and warmer in the night).
Buildings Natural building materials Learn about local building materials which are used in local constructions, and research the benefits of the different materials.
Buildings Natural building materials Find out about different methods to warm and cool buildings, and compare them - What resources do they use? How much do they cost? What are the environmental effects of using them?
Buildings Natural building materials Learn the importance of the orientation of a building/den (with respect to sun/wind and how it effects the inside microclimate e.g. a den with the wind passing through will be cooler than one sheltered from the wind).
Buildings Biomimicry Watch how birds build their nests.
Buildings Biomimicry Observe how buildings are built in harmony with the natural landscape and climate (lower buildings in a high valley, pointed roofs where it snows a lot, green roofs, etc.).
Buildings Biomimicry Copy a design from nature into something they build (biomimicry).
Buildings Biomimicry Talk about something amazing which an animal does, such as 'How does a bird make a nest with it's beak!?!' and try to copy their shelter (e.g. foxes den, wood mouse nest).
Buildings Insulation and draught-proofing Experience sitting in two different buildings in winter - a well insulated building and an uninsulated one. Discuss the differences.
Buildings Insulation and draught-proofing Go out camping and find out ways of keeping yourself warm.

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