Volume 31 Issue 12 06 May 2022 5 Iyyar 5782

Primary Naplan

Katie Brody – Director of Students K-6

NAPLAN gives teachers and parents a picture of several aspects of students’ learning. These include: their performance under test conditions, their basic use of punctuation, grammar, spelling, numeracy skills and their ability to write a persuasive text or an imaginative text (Narrative). This timed version of literacy, numeracy and writing isn’t reflected in the rich learning that occurs in our classrooms. Contrary to the exam environment, classroom life is a mix of independent and collaborative learning, creativity, scaffolding and support, problem-solving and discovery methods. All these are essential in the process of developing a breadth of knowledge, deep understanding and a wide range of literacy, numeracy, language, creative, technological, physical and interdisciplinary skills. In addition to this, learning is about equipping students with the self-management skills and interpersonal skills that make them successful, well-rounded young people. 

In 2022, both Year 3 and Year 5 are new to NAPLAN owing to the cancellation in 2020. Subsequently our class teachers have been supporting the students to prepare for the task they will face but to also recognise the place of NAPLAN amongst the myriad of other tasks, assignments, tests and assessments we do throughout the year. We have explored the NAPLAN demonstration site to recognise the various question types and we have continued with our explicit teaching of knowledge and skills in all key learning areas, encouraging students to engage and persevere. 

As we head into next week, the students may feel some trepidation about working under test conditions. Please know that we aim to create a sense of calm in the structures required and whilst we will certainly encourage students to do their best and utilise sound advice in relation to test taking, they do need to keep the purpose of NAPLAN in perspective and feel proud when they have completed each task.   

Four tips to help your child in the lead up to NAPLAN:

  1. Prepare for the day
    Good preparation is the key. Going to bed early the night before, having a healthy breakfast to start the day. Keep stress levels low and arrive at school a little earlier. Don’t forget to wish them good luck!
  2. Discuss their feelings and concerns
    Tests commonly bring out feelings of anxiety, so let them know that these feelings are normal. Listen to their concerns, show empathy and maintain a caring and positive attitude. More often than not talking about their fears can help to lessen these feelings.
  3. Encourage them ‘to give it a go’ and ‘to try their best’
    NAPLAN is not supposed to be a test of the students but rather a check to make sure that Australia is providing the best educational outcomes for children. Encourage your child to give it a go and try their best.
  4. Keep NAPLAN in perspective
    Remember that NAPLAN is just one assessment and that teachers and the school use this information in conjunction with numerous other data to determine a students’ academic level. It is important for your child to understand that their success is not determined by this one test.



Emanuel Primary NAPLAN Schedule 2022


Tuesday 10 May

Wednesday 11 May

Thursday 12 May

Friday 13 May

Year 3


No NAPLAN task 

Reading Test and Language Conventions


Year 5


Reading test and Language Conventions

No NAPLAN task