If you’re the parent of a child in Years 3, 5, 7 or 9, you might be looking for some practical advice or tips on how to help your child prepare for NAPLAN in May. Our advice is to stop searching, because other than a good night’s sleep beforehand and a nutritious breakfast on the day, there is very little you can do to prepare.
Students are not able to prepare for NAPLAN in the same way that they would for other assessments. This is due to NAPLAN assessing the level of a student at the time of the tests in the areas of:
- language conventions; and
- numeracy skills.
At Trinity Grammar School, we encourage parents to continually help their sons to develop literacy and numeracy skills over the course of the year. Classroom teachers are able to provide parents with suggestions, based on each individual boy’s learning progress.
The School provides opportunities for students to become familiar with NAPLAN tests. We do not encourage parents to hire coaches or tutors for the sole purpose of preparing their son for the NAPLAN tests – this will only give a false result of how he is growing and defeats the overall purpose of the assessment for both the student and the School.
The best way to support your son through the NAPLAN tests is to:
- provide a calm and encouraging environment at home;
- avoid overly focusing on it in your conversations; and
- let him know that all that he can do is his best and that he should not be nervous.
Students with a disability may qualify for adjustments that reflect the support normally provided in the classroom. Students who are injured can also be accommodated. If you have any questions regarding this, we encourage you to speak to your son’s classroom teacher or Housemaster.
Trinity Grammar School knows what boys need to flourish and inspires every boy to achieve. A Trinity education seeks to engage the mind, body and spiritual development of every boy. Our commitment to academic excellence is within a holistic educational environment that seeks to nurture and encourage our boys to ‘grow in wisdom and stature and favour with God and man’.
To learn more about how every boy can discover and develop his skills and talents through Trinity’s extensive range of world class educational programmes and personalised approach, download our prospectus.