One School One Planet Podcast Episode 1

We are pleased to announce the release of the first episode of the One School One Planet Podcast! The Podcast will host conversations on the fertile edges of permaculture, ecology and education. In the first episode Steve Jones and Jack Hunter discuss the work they are doing at Cae Bodfach Community Orchard with students from…

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One School One Planet – Vol. 1 – Climate. Education. Innovation.

Coming Soon! ‘One School One Planet Vol. 1 Climate. Education. Innovation.’ This short book chronicles the first year of the One School One Planet project, right from our initial theoretical and planning work through to our classroom based sessions at Llanfyllin High School. We have documented all of this in the hope that it might…

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Reflecting on Classroom Experiences so Far…

Last week saw the end of the first phase of our One School One Planet classroom sessions. Over the last five weeks we have completed five units of our programme with a year 10 Welsh Baccalaureate class (click to be taken to a write-up about the session): Unit 1: Creatively Use and Respond to Change….

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“Everything can impact everything…”

The principle that we explored in Week 5 was ‘Systems and Limits,’ as an introduction to systems thinking and specifically the role of feedback. Natural systems function through interacting feedback loops, and there is a lot we could learn from paying attention to this fact. To begin Wednesday’s session we asked students to give us…

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“They got the soil to come alive…”

The theme for Week 4 was ‘Obtain a Yield.’ To begin, and drawing on our emphasis on soil in the previous week, we asked the students to read through a  newspaper article about a recent speech from the current UK Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove. We asked the students…

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“Soil means dirt, crops and ploughing a field…”

The theme for Week 3 was ‘Catch and Store Energy.’ The first taught session with the class aimed to explore how natural systems function – specifically in the context of soil ecosystems and trophic pyramids. To begin we introduced the theme of soil, and asked students to think about something they probably hadn’t really thought…

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“My name is —. I live in a farmhouse in a small village in Wales…”

This week saw the first official One School One Planet classroom sessions at Llanfyllin High School. We have started working with a class of 29 Year 10 Welsh Baccalaureate students, who are helping us to trial and develop our 12 unit course and learing resources. On Wednesday, Steve took the first class with the group….

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