Preparing for NAPLAN

From 15-17 May, students in Years 3, 5 ,7 and 9 will sit NAPLAN. These tests are a point in time assessment that helps parents, students and teachers gain a small snapshot of where students are with their Numeracy and Literacy in terms of state and national averages. 

Sometimes, these days can be a little stressful for students, but with some planning and preparation, most students manage the change to routine very well. 

Tips for NAPLAN preparation

Students can prepare for each day of the tests by following these few tips:

  • continue a normal routine leading up to the examination days
  • get a good night’s sleep prior to the examination
  • eat a healthy breakfast 
  • pack a healthy morning tea and lunch
  • arrive at school by 7.45am
  • bring the appropriate equipment (black or blue pens, sharp HB pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, and a calculator for Years 7 and 9).

The St Peters day to day curriculum prepares students for the NAPLAN examination and at some year levels is supplemented with some specific practice questions during Term 1 and the beginning of Term 2. 

What can Parents do?

Parents should model a positive attitude about the examination to help their children fully apply themselves to the tasks set.

However, we all need to keep in mind that the results help inform our approaches to teaching and learning and are not intended to individually define any student. 

Peter MacDonald
Director Teaching and Learning Innovation
St Peters Lutheran College