Preparing students for Naplan

Nicola Davison
23rd March 2017
Naplan, tests, Australia, preparation, resources, reading, writing, language, maths, persuasive, narrative, Year 3, Year 5, Year 7, Year 9

Take the stress out of revising for the Naplan tests with these specially tailored literacy and numeracy resources

Ensuring that your pupils are ready for Naplan is no mean feat. Unlike traditional end-of-term tests, the aim of Naplan is to assess skills that have been continuously developed throughout the year. As such, it can be harder to get your head around what classifies as good preparation.

Thankfully, the Tes community have made it easy for you. They’ve been hard at work producing top-quality resources to not only make planning for revision easier, but also to ensure that learners remain engaged and on track right up until the last minute. But don’t take our word for it! Why not have a look and see for yourself?

Resources for Year 3

Help students get to grips with narrative writing by taking them through the key learning points in this fiction-focused unit of work*. Or, check their understanding of the different hooks they could use when starting to write a persuasive piece with this match-up activity.

These guided reading tasks are a great way to get students analysing the use of language for specific audiences, while this collection of spelling games* offers them the chance to recap common patterns and rules in a fun and interesting way.

And, if you’re after interesting ways to practice working with money, then look no further than this complete resource pack*, including an overview plan and plenty of practice questions.

Resources for Year 5

Make sure you’re accurately assessing students’ narrative writing with this teacher ruler, which can also guide the sharing of success criteria and planning for differentiation. Alternatively, distribute this handy writing frame among those learners who need a helping hand when writing persuasively.

Packed full of meaningful comprehension activities, this guided reading pack* is sure keep pupils engaged while practising key skills. And when it comes to getting grammar right, this comprehensive presentation has got all of the major teaching points covered.

Modelled on previous Naplan questions, this mental maths quiz generator* comes complete with a booklet to help track and mark students’ answers.

Resources for Year 7

Inspire creative story writing with these well-designed planning sheets*, containing picture prompts and space for planning. Or, this diagnostic activity can be used to help students determine their ability to write persuasively.

If you’re short on time, this QAR strategy pack* gives you all the tools you need to ensure you are asking higher order comprehension questions related to the texts you teach. And spice up spelling practice with these well-presented ideas, which are sure to stimulate even the most reluctant of learners.

Covering a range of topics such as fractions, measurement and geometry, this themed board game* requires pupils to solve multi-step word problems in order to defeat the evil Dr Doom.

Resources for Year 9

Focusing on the concept of belonging, this creative writing task provides students with four visual stimuli to help get them started. Similarly, this practice question is useful in helping learners get to grips with structuring persuasive writing.

Perfect for Naplan preparation, this reading activity gives students the opportunity to explore the language features of news articles. Meanwhile, in the weeks leading up to the tests, assess pupils’ knowledge of spelling and vocabulary using this interactive notebook*.

To support revision more generally, this whole-class revision game* can be adapted for use in any subject area.

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