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Holistic Planning

A. Introducing permaculture
B. Living nature
C. Design
D. Growing food
E. Built environment and resource use
F. Social permaculture
Holistic planning (HP):

Theme  Topic  Sub Topic Age HP Details
Plants and trees Fire Collect wild garlic and use it to make garlic bread over the campfire.
Plants and trees Fire Feed a campfire safely with dry, brown wood.
Plants and trees Fire Be safe around a fire (by staying at the edge of the fire circle unless invited in by an adult)
Plants and trees Fire Go on a candlelit procession outside at night, carrying candles in lanterns which they have made or decorated themselves from recycled materials (e.g. jam jars). Optionally, older children could be stationed along the procession dressed in costume and acting out/telling a story.
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.
Plants and trees Fire Tell ancient myths about the discovery of fire e.g. Prometheus.
Plants and trees Fire Sing the song 'Air my breath, fire my spirit, earth my body, water my blood'
Plants and trees Fire Feel the warmth of an open fire.
Growing food Food forests Play a game (e.g. with cards) matching the needs with the outputs for different elements in a food forest.
Growing food Food forests Say the names of different plants in the food forest.
Growing food Food forests Observe the different layers in the food forest and compare with the layers in a forest (roots, ground cover, herbs, bushes, small tree, big tree, climbers, lichens).
Growing food Food forests Be familiar with new vocabulary such as food forest, edible, poisonous
Growing food Food forests Be involved in designing and planting a food forest.

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