My Year Five Homeschool Course

Are you looking for something special for your child’s Year Five homeschool program? Well, we have planned an absolutely delightful Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum.

We want your child’s Year Five homeschool education to be a joyful experience for you and your child.

To make it easier, we’ve done the planning so you can be confident you are giving your child a well-rounded education and that you comply with Australia’s homeschool registration requirements.


Year Five Homeschool Teaching Resources

To encourage a passion and motivation for learning, we’ve adopted a literature rich philosophy which has avoided worksheets and textbooks whenever possible. Our family learning schedule includes: thoughtful conversations, classic read alouds, narrations, poetry, picture study, science and nature journaling, notebooking and art lessons. Independent work includes English, math, copywork and age appropriate readers.

Resources Provided

These resources can be downloaded or accessed online. You can print off these documents or keep them in your virtual cupboard.

  • Detailed Scope and Sequence and Yearly Plan Year 5: Use for registration application, includes Australian Curriculum codes and NESA outcomes.
  • Introduction to Teaching Year 5: A home educator’s guide that shows you how to teaching this grade.
  • 36 Weeks of Lesson Plans: An online and a printable PDF version of each week’s activities, reading schedules and lesson notes.
  • Primary Language Lessons Year 5: An English resource combining literature lessons with copywork, spelling, dictation, narrations, picture study, observations, poetry, writing and grammar.
  • Downunder Copywork Book 3: Cursive uses Australian and New Zealand classic literature
  • Wildflower Copywork: Cursive  uses the Nuri Mass classic, Magic Wildflowers.
  • Classic Quotes Dictation – A collection of quotes from classic children’s stories like Winnie the Poo, Alice in Wonderland and Wind in the Willows.
  • A Bush Calendar by Amy Mack – A delightful Australian nature journal written over 100 years ago.
  • Nature Calendar Notebook – a monthly journal to record findings with prompts.
  • The Little Black Princess– A charming novel written in colonial times in the outback. An additional chapter covers Bett Bett’s journey after the book was written.
  • Australian History Notebook – A narration notebooking tool to use with history studies.
  • Science in the Age of Reason trial – The first 3 weeks lessons in PDF format.
  • Book of Centuries Instructions with Australian timeline cheat sheet.
  • Healthy Conversations Year 5 to Year 6
  • Art Appreciation Course: Provided free with subscription
  • Music Appreciation Course: Provided free with subscription
  • And a few other bits and bobs including video links and suggested enrichment activities.

What Isn’t Provided

We don’t provide a math program but we’ve got some suggestions, so you can pick a resource that suits your child’s style and ability. Foreign language lessons are also at your own discretion but we’ll give you some tips.

Download Course Outline

We’ve put a comprehensive outline and weekly lesson sample guide for you to download and read.

Year Five Homeschool Course Outline. PDF Download


Year Five Details

Our aim was to find a good balance between Charlotte Mason’s ideas and the registration requirements of a modern day Australian curriculum.

Efficient planning means that we’ve streamlined lessons to give your child a rich learning experience without making you feel guilty or overloaded. This means you’ll still have time to go on delight directed learning adventures.

36 Week Cycle

Our Year Two programs is set out in a 4 term/36 week cycle that can be spread over 3 to 4 days (10 – 14 hours per week). To give you some breathing space, we’ve allocated the last week of each term to: special projects, catch-up lessons and assessments.

But you as the homeschooling parent you can pace your child’s learning according to their abilities and needs.


Keeping track of your progress is also easy with our weekly schedules available in an online or printable format.

Registration is made simple with our Yearly Planning Template and detailed Scope and Sequence.

We also provide certificates and portfolio prompts that will make documentation and continued registration a cinch.

At the end of each term there is a downloadable report of work achieved over the term. Parents add comments and assessments of their child’s progress in each area of learning.

Online Learning Platform

One of the most exciting features of My Homeschool is the online learning platform we are using. You can access your course from your PC, Mac, Tablet or even your phone.

Moodle is an Australian designed software that is used by many school, universities, colleges and educational institutions around the world. My Homeschool has been built on this platform. You can download an app for your smart phone or iPhone and that means your whole course is at your fingertips. This is great for getting more organised and learning on the go.

Additional Costs

Since this is a literature rich course we need you to buy or borrow some living books.

A few of these resources are available as free online versions – as indicated with an asterisk (*).

Most of the Australian picture books will also be found at a local library.

These items are not provided but are needed for the course. It is estimated these will cost less than $200 in total.

Additional Books and Resources

Choose your science from:

Non Member’s Price

Year Five Price: $380 plus $15 per month membership subscription

Course membership is activated once you purchase your first course; the initial course price includes your monthly membership subscription fee. Membership remains active as long as you stay subscribed. It gives you access to the My Homeschool Learning Platform the curriculum course you purchased and our enrichment courses. The membership can only be used for the family subscribed. The membership may not be used for non-family members.

You only need to purchase one course at this price.

Member’s Price

Membership Year Five Price: $380 once off payment.

After you become a member you are entitled to purchase additional courses without the additional subscription fee.  Links to subscription free course are only accessed from within the My Homeschool Learning Platform.  Discounted course links can be accessed from the home page after logging in.

This is a once of price that gives you access to the course for as long as your subscription remains current.

Week One

Family Time, Oral Narrations and Read Alouds

Own Choice scripture and family devotional

The Random House Book of Poetry for Children

Novel: Seven Little Australians Chapters 1 – 3

History Narration: Our Sunburnt Country Sample p. 9 -11

Geography Narration: A Bush Calendar – read from current month, (Our sample is from May).

Science Textbook Schedule Reading (3 options are given and you follow the guide of your chosen resource)

Composer Study

Picture Study rotation

On Your Own Subjects

Primary Language Lessons 5 – Week 1

Classic Quotes Dictation Lesson 1

Handwriting: Downunder Copywork Book 3: p.5 – 6

Own Choice Math Curriculum

Own reader

Map Work and Notebooking Activities

Science Notebooking Page

Australian History Notebook p. 6

Enrichment Activities

Classic Read Aloud

Free Reading /library visit

Nature Walk

Sports Activity

Music Lesson Practice

Listen to term composer


Foreign Language Study

Week Eighteen – Assessment and Review

Economics and Business Project Term 2

  • Have your child to watch the videos provided.
  • Have them write a plan for an item they might need or want. Get them to present it to you.

Assessment and Review

Collect samples of work for portfolio. (For Queensland students follow the HEU guidelines. I suggest a writing example from Primary Language Lessons, a math sample with fully worked out problem, a photo of the timeline in its current state and a page from their history notebook).

Look through Healthy Conversations Year 5 and 6 checklist to see if you can check off any topics.

Catch up on any unfinished work.

Enter Book of Centuries Dates – 1776 to 1821 (Australian Condensed Timeline provided with course)

Look over child’s work and write an assessment of their progress—refer to each subject and record any extra curricula activities that you did this term. Place term assessment in portfolio.

Print off Term 2 Report and place in portfolio.

Record child’s own reading in book log.

Check you have all the books needed for next term.

The Little Black Princess by Jeannie Gunn

Select a few books for child’s own reading Term Three.


It’s Not School At Home

Family learning time is the heart of our Year Five homeschool program. This is not just a convenience, it is a rich time when the family gather to share in their learning journey together. It’s a bonding time. It may be just one child or you may have a few children you teach at the same time. This Year Five homeschool program has been written by experienced home educators and we understand what it’s like to teach a few children at the same time! Find out more about us.

Children of the ages 10 and 11 are more confident readers, they can work on their own, but still love to be working with you, they’re thinking about their lessons and discovering their own interests. We want to help you make these natural tendencies part of their learning experience.

Year Five Homeschool: Literature Rich & Full Of Ideas

An idea is a living thing of the mind. It strikes, seizes and catches hold of us. Ideas form the basis of our inspiration. An idea can possess us. Without ideas education is dull. For that reason, we aren’t keen on worksheets, textbooks or comprehension tests. We’d rather you take your child on a learning journey. At My Homeschool we want to use living literature, nature study, music and art as an instrument for nourshing your child’s mind. We don’t just care about following the Australian Curriculum (or a state syllabus), we also care about giving your child a rich education full of vitality and noble thoughts.

The mind “is nourished on ideas and absorbs facts only as they hang connected with the living ideas upon which they hang. Children educated upon some such lines as these respond in a surprising way, developing capacity, character, countenance, initiative and a sense of responsibility…The mind feeds on ideas and therefore children should have a generous curriculum.” Charlotte Mason

A Classical, Charlotte Mason inspired approach to learning is the philosophy behind our Year Five homeschool program. We also help you tick the curriculum box while you give your child a living education. Your day will usually include consistent lesson time in the mornings (4 days per week), leaving afternoons free for natural learning and play. You can also get some of your jobs done or go visiting!

Your Year Five Homeschool Little Scholars Will:

  • Learn about great artists and musicians.
  • Practice cursive handwriting using classic literature from Australia and New Zealand as copywork.
  • Famaliarise themselves with many classic poems.
  • Continue learning simple narration, grammar and writing skills.
  • Focus on Australian history with an overview from the aboriginals first contacts with Europeans to modern day Australia. Historical fiction will also feature Australian history.
  • Nature journaling is an all-year-round study inspired by Amy Mack’s delightful nature journal, A Bush Calendar.
  • Have a choice of science resources. We have schedules that will work for independent learners and when teaching as a family group.
  • Watch a collection of science video clips

A Focus on Australia

Our award winning history book, Our Sunburnt Country, acts as a spine for our literature and history studies. This can be easily read as a group or alone most 5th graders. After reading they make work on their Australian History notebook and record their narrations.

“We know that young people are enormously interested in the subject [of history] and give concentrated attention if we give them the right books… so we confine ourselves to affording two things – the knowledge, and keen interest roused by that knowledge…by way of oral and written essays.” Charlotte Mason

 This is the My Homeschool cycle for history studies:

  • Ancient History—Year 2
  • Ancient to Early Middle Ages—Year 3
  • Late Middle Ages/Early Australian History—Year 4
  • Australian History Overview—Year 5
  • Modern Australian and World History —Year 6

If you are teaching multiple primary children then it is often best to just follow one grade’s history schedule for all your children.

I enjoy the links to the weeks for ease and love the free content about music. I had to create my own schedule to fit with our family, but have used Michelle’s suggestion as a starting point. I love the Amy Mack stories and my kids are enjoying the texts this term.

Seven Little Australians is quite wonderful and opens up conversations with their grandparents.

I like that the codes for the AP are all there and we just tick them off. Liz from NSW

Home Educator, Year Four & Five My Homeschool Course

Year Five Homeschool children in a park
What a relief and blessing for homeschool families to have all the nitty gritty details of daily homeschool and homeschool registration designed for us. It is wonderful to see how simple registration can be. Michelle you have created a method for recording that oozes simplicity and that is what we all want. Michelle and Jo you are a very present listening ear and help on the My Homeschool forum and your advice is all about making homeschool work for each one. I have absolute freedom in how I use this resource. I have not followed the schedule as is but have felt encouragement from you to make it work for my busy family lifestyle, quirks and passions. Year 5 is helping our ten year old to move into written narrations and I have found Our Sunburnt Country broken into small chunks with a notebook page for each reading, is so simple and achievable. My daughters confidence in writing has grown in the first term of using My Homeschool following this very natural method. Thank you Michelle and Jo, for your commitment to making homeschool simple. What a blessing you are. Kindest Blessings Renelle x Renelle from NSW

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