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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
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms The animal kingdom: Patterns, functions, relationships Discuss the signs of health vs sickness in animals.
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms The animal kingdom: Patterns, functions, relationships Observe the life-cycle of an animal (e.g. an egg growing into a caterpillar then a butterfly).
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms The animal kingdom: Patterns, functions, relationships Listen to animal sounds at different times of day/night (e.g. birds, crickets etc.)
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms The animal kingdom: Patterns, functions, relationships Recognise different animals signs including tracks, feathers, droppings, burrows, hairs.
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms The animal kingdom: Patterns, functions, relationships Build shelters for wild animals (e.g. bird boxes, log piles).
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms The animal kingdom: Patterns, functions, relationships Identify some local birds from their song/call. Imitate them together.
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms The animal kingdom: Patterns, functions, relationships Identify some locally common minibeasts.
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms The animal kingdom: Patterns, functions, relationships Whilst looking at animal tracks or signs, guess which animal made them and imagine what the animal was doing. Tell the story, maybe even acting it out.
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms The animal kingdom: Patterns, functions, relationships 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 The animal kingdom: Patterns, functions, relationships Discuss ways which animals help people, and how (e.g. bees pollinate plants without which we wouldn't eat any fruit, spiders eat mosquitoes).
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms The animal kingdom: Patterns, functions, relationships Learn how the food web and web of life works in a particular local habitat.
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms The animal kingdom: Patterns, functions, relationships Learn about animal adaptations to extreme conditions (e.g. cold, wet, dry, hot).
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms Fungi: parasites, recyclers and the wood wide web Turn over a log or stone to find mycellium and if possible look at it under a microscope or magnifying glass.
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms Fungi: parasites, recyclers and the wood wide web Identify one edible and one poisonous mushroom.
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms Fungi: parasites, recyclers and the wood wide web Act out the three different roles that fungi play in the woods (different species have different roles). Some are recyclers - decomposing dead matter and making the nutrients available to other species. Others are parasites - eating living trees. Others are plant-friends (mycorrhizal) and are feeding the plants with nutrients whilst the plants also feed them.
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms Fungi: parasites, recyclers and the wood wide web Learn that (mycorrhizal) fungi are the wood wide web - they help distribute nutrients (taking nutrients to where they are needed) and enable trees to communicate with others (that are far away).
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms Fungi: parasites, recyclers and the wood wide web Learn that a mushroom is like an apple on a tree - it is the fruit of the living organism, the majority of which is under the ground as mycellium.
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms Fungi: parasites, recyclers and the wood wide web Learn that different fungi have different ways of living e.g. 'mycorrhizal' fungi feed plants and get their food from plants; parasites eat living plants; recyclers eat dead matter.
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms Fungi: parasites, recyclers and the wood wide web Learn that mycorrhizal fungi are so important to plants that plants actually feed them.
The animal, fungus and bacteria kingdoms The Microscopic World Observe microscopic creatures through a microscope.

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