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Holistic Planning

A. Introducing permaculture
B. Living nature
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Holistic planning (HP):

Theme  Topic  Sub Topic Age HP Details
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets Make a sundial by drawing a circle on the ground with two footprints in the centre indicating the place where the child will stand to cast their shadow. On a sunny day one child stands in the footprints at each hour on the hour. The others mark on the circle where the shadow falls. Then the children will be able to use the sundial to tell the time.
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets Use a torch and orange (or ball/globe) to demonstrate how the tilting of the Earth on its axis creates different seasons. See how this explains why it is summer in the Northern hemisphere when it is winter in the Southern hemisphere.
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets Read a compass to find North, South, East and West
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets Take a map of a garden the children are observing and create an "overlay map" of the shadows at different times of day. Place a piece of tracing paper over the map and invite children draw the shadows that they observe on the paper. Repeat this at different times of day/year.
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets Know the difference between a star and a planet using the song and the ways planets affect us and plants
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets Learn about the moon cycles and the tradition of planting by the moon. Make a moon planting calendar.
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets Listen to mythological stories about the constellations and stars.
Air Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets Visualise an imaginary journey into space - experiencing weightlessness and the silence of space, seeing the Earth and moon from outer space, and feeling the immensity of the universe.
Soil and stone Stones See, touch and collect different stones.
Soil and stone Stones Climb rocks and experience the heat and texture at different times of the day.
Soil and stone Stones Look underneath stones and see what you find (minibeasts, mycellium etc).
Soil and stone Stones Build a shelter for minibeasts from stones.
Soil and stone Stones Make artwork with the natural colours of stones e.g. grading from light to dark.
Soil and stone Stones Build a cairn together with different stones.
Soil and stone Stones Hit different stones together to make different sounds.
Soil and stone Stones Choose a stone with different patterns, colour, shape or size that you admire, then share and compare with friends.
Soil and stone Stones Listen to a story about the friendship between rocks and plants (rocks providing mineral, heat etc.).
Soil and stone Stones Learn about different types of stones.
Soil and stone Stones See, feel, smell different types of rocks and stone, and guess at how they were made.
Soil and stone Stones Notice the presence of different quantities and types of rocks and stones in different landscapes.

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