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NAPLAN - Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 May 2015

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy
(NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an everyday part of the school calendar since 2008.
NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May.
NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas (or ‘domains’) of:
language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation)
NAPLAN tests skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time through the school curriculum.
What can parents do to help their child with NAPLAN tests?
1. ‘Being there’ emotionally
2. Discuss feelings ...
3. Support children’s confidence
4. Help with relaxation skills – Breathing slowly to calm down
5. Teach helpful thinking – Instead of saying to themselves “I can’t do this” encourage them to say “I’ll give it a go”.
6. Lead by example – Show your child how you cope positively with feeling anxious or stressed by thinking out loud e.g., “I feel a bit nervous, but I’m going to try my best”. Remaining calm and positive when your child is feeling anxious can help them to feel more confident.
7. Help your child have clear expectations – Talking through what will happen. You may even wish to talk to the school about where the test will take place and see if you can visit beforehand. Many big tests can be held in the school hall or even off-campus.
8. Discuss problem-solving
9. Teach confidence-building tricks – For example, looking through the paper and completing questions they know they can answer first before trying more difficult ones.