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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
Soil and stone Experiencing different landscapes (beaches, hills, forests, fields). Show appreciation and sing thanks to the landscapes for letting them play there.
Soil and stone Experiencing different landscapes (beaches, hills, forests, fields). Learn different vocabulary, e.g. clay, soil, sand, humus, stone, fossil, river, hill, mountain, valley.
Soil and stone Experiencing different landscapes (beaches, hills, forests, fields). Observe different soils in the region e.g. in a farm, wetland, and forest.
Soil and stone Experiencing different landscapes (beaches, hills, forests, fields). Sketch the key features that distinguish each landscape such as plains, hills, valleys, rivers, lakes, sea.
Soil and stone Experiencing different landscapes (beaches, hills, forests, fields). Go for a walk to observe and take photographs of different habitats (e.g. the types of plants which live on the hilltop compared to valley floor, marsh, or next to the river).
Soil and stone Experiencing different landscapes (beaches, hills, forests, fields). Appreciate different landscapes and their various gifts e.g. in a small group draw a big picture of a certain landscape and illustrate the gifts/benefits of it for nature and/or people. Different groups appreciate different landscapes. Hear from each of the different groups and relate to the principle 'Use and Value Diversity'.
Soil and stone Experiencing different landscapes (beaches, hills, forests, fields). Research how the local landscapes were formed, and how they are still changing. Children can share this with each other e.g. by a guided visualisation in which the children are all lying down with Eyes closed, and we 'zoom' back in time and then slowly visualise how our landscape was formed.
Soil and stone Experiencing different landscapes (beaches, hills, forests, fields). Find out how the landscape affects what lives in each place (river vs sea vs forest etc).
Soil and stone Soil textures and soil tests See, touch and smell different soils with different textures (can you work out what texture you have?): sand, silt, clay, and loam.
Soil and stone Soil textures and soil tests Dig a hole to see the different layers of soil, their colour and depth (topsoil, subsoil, bedrock).
Soil and stone Soil textures and soil tests Observe how different soils affect the plants which grow there - their health as well as the species composition.
Soil and stone Soil textures and soil tests Do a soil touch test i.e. rub soil between your fingers - does it have big grains like sand or minuscule grains like clay, or is it soapy like silt? Roll soil into a sausage, can it stay like that (indicating clay)? Try with different soils.
Soil and stone Soil textures and soil tests Test soil to find out if it's acidic or alkaline. Use a pH kit and/or do a home test e.g. add 2 spoonfuls of soil to a jar, add vinegar, does it react? If so you have alkaline soil. Add 2 spoonfuls of soil to another jar, add distilled water and baking soda - does it fizz? If so you have acidic soil.
Soil and stone Soil textures and soil tests Do a soil jar test to find out what percentage is sand, silt and/or clay. Compare soil from different places. Compare with results from soil touch test.
Soil and stone Soil textures and soil tests Sing a song about soil textures (e.g. "There's three different types of mineral in soil").
Soil and stone Soil textures and soil tests Find out about acidity and alkalinity in soil, how it affects plants that grow there, and how plants affect the pH of the soil (e.g. conifers make it more acidic).
Soil and stone Soil textures and soil tests Compare the different properties of sand and clay (e.g. how much water and air it holds, what happens when you stand on it, which holds more nutrients etc.).
Soil and stone Indicator species Observe different plants which grow spontaneously locally, investigate how/whether this relates to the soil there.
Soil and stone Indicator species Identify common local plants and discuss what they can tell us about the soil conditions (e.g. rushes indicate wet, nettles indicate rich soil).
Soil and stone Indicator species Experiment with changing the soil conditions to see if that affects the plants which grow there spontaneously (e.g. in a grassy area with small rushes (Juncus species) growing in a straight line this may be due to soil compaction. One could dig a section in the row and leave another area untouched. Return months later to see the changes in what plants are growing spontaneously there).

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