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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 Insulation and draught-proofing Compare the insulation capacity of different building materials, e.g. comparing bracken with hay in a den.
Buildings Insulation and draught-proofing Notice and discuss the insulation of different materials which you wear, i.e. clothes.
Buildings Insulation and draught-proofing Make a draught excluder (e.g. a big sausage that goes on the floor in front of a door).
Buildings Insulation and draught-proofing Learn that hot air rises and cool air sinks.
Buildings Insulation and draught-proofing Consider different methods of warming and cooling a building.
Buildings Homes See different types of animals and their ways of making shelters/homes.
Buildings Homes Build homes for fairies and/or animals using natural materials (sticks, stones, etc.)
Buildings Homes ip ins
Buildings Homes Think about what would make a home or bug hotel cosy and lovely for the inhabitants - thinking about the aesthetics.
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.
Connections Patterns Connect to a pattern in nature, and express it through any art form (dance, draw, paint).
Connections Patterns Make music together, e.g. each person goes into nature to 'capture' a sound (e.g. hitting 2 sticks together, slapping water, mimicking the sound of a bird). Return to a circle. Going around the circle each person individually presents their sound. One person takes the role of conductor and points at someone to make their sound, keep the rhythm going whilst different sounds are added and taken away.
Connections Patterns Learn about fractal forms that you meet in your everyday life, e.g. spiral in sunflower, cauliflower, ferns.
Connections Patterns Find out about the permaculture principle 'Design from Pattern to Details' through examining a tree and it's leaf. Discuss how nature uses patterns and why.
Connections Patterns Explore patterns in daily, solar, seasonal and lunar cycles, and make a connection with how we all live within cycles large and small and their impact on us.
Connections Seeing the whole picture See the woods and the trees (literally, climb a hill to see the woods, compare with being inside the woods).
Connections Seeing the whole picture See an example of how one small thing can affect the whole system (such as the reintroduction of beavers).
Connections Seeing the whole picture Make a mask of a local animal or plant and become that being for a while - how does it feel? How is it affected by humans? What could people learn from you?
Connections Seeing the whole picture Take a local issue of environmental degradation (e.g. illegal dumping of waste, trees which are going to be cut down), find out all the causes and effects of that one issue, decide on an action to help stop the degradation (e.g. write letters, make a display at school, make a petition). Act on behalf of nature.

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