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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
Design Implementation: making it happen Learn that to make bigger projects you may need more planning
Design Implementation: making it happen Learn that many hands make light work.
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).
Soil and stone Indicator species Create a story, poem or song about the need for plants to have their own niche (i.e. how different types of plants love being in different places).
Soil and stone Indicator species Learn that an indicator species is one which, if abundant, healthy and spontaneous (not planted), can tell you something about the local conditions, such as a plant which tells you whether the soil is compacted, wet, dry, acidic, or alkaline.
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.
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.
My community Living in community Visit local places that serve the community e.g. fire station, hospital.
My community Living in community Make a map of the neighbourhood with community resources labelled.
My community Living in community Participate in organising a celebration.
My community Living in community Contribute to the wider community through voluntary work, and feel appreciated for it.
My community Living in community Play trust games.
My community Living in community Learn about the local political systems and how party politics works.

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