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From The Junior Secondary Co-Ordinator - With Jess Batey

19/02/2015
From The Junior Secondary Co-Ordinator
With Jess Batey
 
 
Demystifying NAPLAN for Parents
 
For students in years seven and nine, sometimes the perceived pressure of NAPLAN can become all too much!  At Toolooa SHS, we view NAPLAN as a test that can give us an idea of just how far our students have progressed.  We also use the results of the tests to inform our own practises, which helps students to continue to improve in the five core areas of reading, writing, spelling, numeracy and grammar & punctuation. 
If you want to help your child to do their absolute best in NAPLAN, and improve their general core skills, take a look at the following tips:
 
  • Read together – Have your child read a text to you.  It may be a novel, a newspaper, a website, a magazine – whatever your child is interested in.  Explore the text together by discussing what you think might happen, or why a character made a particular decision, etc.
  • Encourage your child to write – In this day and age of technology, writing seems to be becoming less and less frequent.  Wherever possible, get your child to write.  It might be something as simple as a shopping list, or as complex as a narrative.  Proof-read your child’s writing with them so they can get used to using strategies that you use as an adult.
 
Do everyday maths together – Maths is everywhere in life, but sometimes, adults take it for granted.  Children can be involved in simple tasks such as estimating how much your shopping will cost, or calculating how much flour will be needed for a recipe.  You could also get your child to help you work out how much mulch to buy next time you’re doing the garden, or have them help you calculate the cost of fencing an area of your yard.  Children are much more inclined to get involved with maths if they see it as helping their parents.
 
If you have concerns about NAPLAN, or you would like to speak to someone about preparing, please do not hesitate to contact the Junior Secondary Head of Department, Jess Batey, on 49 714 352, or e-mail jbate112@eq.edu.au.  Alternatively, feel free to visit www.nap.edu.au for information from the National Assessment Program governing body.  Remember, NAPLAN is designed to assess what your child knows and what they need to improve on; it should not be viewed as something to fear.  We are looking forward to seeing the progress that your child has made since joining us at Toolooa SHS.