Equivalent school years
Australian years 4 / New Zealand year 5
This year begins with a recap of the base foundations before it introduces vertical strategies for each of the four processes. Division is explored in depth and multi-step word equations are introduced that require a combination of the process in order to solve. The topics of money, time and fractions are all learned this year and there is focus on being able to apply the addition and subtraction strategies to both whole and part numbers checking work with reverse operations. Geometry is introduced along with further work on measurement and patterns. Multiplication works to extend the basic recall of the twelve times tables.
By now the student is confident is writing independently and the majority of their stories are spelled correctly. There is the introduction of dictionary and thesaurus resources to assist with more complex spelling. The writing is formed in paragraphs and contains a variety of sentence formations, and sentence beginnings. The writing now becomes more focused and targeted on containing content completely relevant to the topic and parts of speech and complex punctuation are introduced. There is a focus on writing from varying points of view in first and third person speech and in past, present and future tenses. There is awareness now to engage the reader. Daily spelling lessons teach the formal spelling rules in depth and lessons on linked handwriting are provided.
All subjects continue to be delivered in an artistic way. Stories are told and poems, songs and movements are learned to accompany them. The curriculum is connected so if the topic being studied is Geography for example, then the arts will reflect that topic. The songs and poems will be about Geography and the stories, paintings and models will also reflect the subject being experienced. The students are now more independent in their learning and the arts reflect this. There are finer details added to enhance the realism of the pictures and the use of layers and shading to bring in more colour and texture. Small drama plays are written and performed and the vocabulary is extended through complex drama pieces. Music theory is now introduced along with the terminology that accompanies that (quavers, semi quavers, sharp and flat notes, timing)
The focus this year is on the Living World strand of the curriculum. It delves deeply into the animal, insect and bird kingdoms and begins to use the more formal science vocabulary of habitats, adaptations and life cycles. There is a connected link through to local geography and some in-depth studies of the environment and the impacts upon it. Previous knowledge of observation skills and an understanding of kaitiakitanga sets the children up to be able to conduct detailed investigative studies independently and begin to draw conclusions.
Because the finer motor skills have been developed over the proceeding years, the students are now able to construct with other materials including wood and metal. The technology projects become more detailed now and tools can include whittling knives, tin snips and geometry precision instruments. There are swords and shields to construct, along with 3D models, campfire burners and nature journals. There is a considerable amount of clay sculpture this year in connection to the sciences curriculum.
We absolutely love functional education, Fran is amazing!! My 6 year old son is so engaged and focused. We also really like that the classes have a strong Waldorf focus. I can tell that Fran has put a lot of thought and effort into all the classes, we now say "blessing with your fruit snack" all the time. Thank you Fran, I don't think we could have progressed so far with out you.
Thank you Fran for creating such an engaging homeschool program! Entering the home school space can be daunting, however the support we received throughout the last year has been incredible, from the extensive MOE exception process to planning our days and having the lessons all laid out - we couldn’t ask for more. Our 11 year old has thoroughly enjoyed his past 12 months - it has been great to witness him enjoy learning! We are so grateful- thank you!
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Such a great platform to engage and our children participated off their chairs. Interactive and a well-rounded approach to home education. A wonderful experience thank you.
My children (11 and 8) have really enjoyed using Functional Education for their home based learning curriculum. We love the range of subjects and the different methods used for learning that engage head, heart and hands. Fran is a great teacher, really makes learning fun, and quickly responds to emails if you/your children need assistance. The website itself is easy to navigate and includes an online parents/learners community for you to share experiences/projects or ask questions in. I would recommend this curriculum, with confidence, to those thinking about signing up. Wether you are just starting your home education journey or have been doing it for a while and want to try something new. In my opinion it is very fairly priced for all that you’re getting.
Can’t recommend Functional Education enough. Having three boys who were excited each day to get their work started with Teacher Fran was really incredible to witness. Especially after years of reluctance going to public school. It’s an incredibly easy program to navigate and adjust to each child’s needs. I also found Fran’s enthusiasm for teaching really came through each lesson and the kids really responded to her genuine warmth and lovely personality even though it’s all pre-recorded lessons. I applaud her ability to have that genuineness come through the screen. Highly recommend Functional Education for anyone and everyone going the homeschool route.
The support I got from Functional Education during the MOE exemption process was excellent they provided all the necessary documentation to show my children will be taught ‘as well as’ and ‘as often as’ any school. I love that I can SEE what my children are being taught, I love that Fran is fun, friendly, relatable, knowledgeable, experienced and qualified to teach. I love that all of the daily/monthly lessons/modules are very well planned out, I love the progression of the learning steps and how my children and I can track their progress, I think it’s great they can pause and replay lessons until they pick up what’s being taught, I love that this service has made my life easier when it comes to homeschooling my children and I know they are getting an excellent education as good as any school offers if not better! My daughter said to me Mum Functional Education is COOL so that sums it up for us. We recommend you do the free trial then you can experience what COOL homeschooling looks like.
Functional education really gave us the confidence to go ahead and home school our kids. Great job Francean.
This was a great program for us when we were homeschooling. Fran is an engaging teacher and my 8 year old loved working through the classes. He especially loved the brain gym sessions, the creative projects and learning to have beautiful handwriting.
Both my school age children age 6 and 12 are absolutely loving Functional Education. It is much more tactile and I find my boys are much more engaged in their own learning. .Both children have conditions that make it more difficult to participate well in the public school setting. I cannot recommend enough.
Functional Education is a fantastic resource for home schooling our two daughters. The modules are very well put together, girls enjoy the variety of the lessons and Francean's a fantastic teacher. World Class!
Fran program is amazing and keeps our young one captivated. She especially loves story time and craft. Frans techniques have assisted us with establishing great pencil grip, quick arithmetic comprehension as well as giving her a desire to learn. If you are looking at Home Schooling don't walk past this give it a go and see how much the children enjoy it. whakawhetai koe Fran you are amazing and we love every minute of class
Our son attended Waldorf kindy & grade 1. This year we decided to homeschool Ayden, I was a bit overwhelmed with which curriculum as im still learning too Functional education sounded perfect for our family. After months of researching I was drawn to functional education, we signed up for the trial Ayden enjoyed all lessons looking forward to the following day. He loves his lessons and so do I, is a joyful experience. Ayden likes learning with Francine listening to each word, her calm tone & easily understandable guided lesson cover all Aydens learning needs. He will pause go at his own pace extending his music lessons till Aydens is ready to move on. We also have our our daily rhythm & verses learning threw play activities and nature adventures add to his learning journey. Very happy with this curriculum thankyou ☺
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