NAPLAN Test Preparation: Reading – Years 3 and 5

Direct Instruction


The NAPLAN Reading program is a reading program for Year 3 and Year 5 students. It aligns to the Australian Curriculum English Strand:

  • Read an increasing range of different types of texts by combining contextual, semantic, grammatical and phonic knowledge, using text processing strategies, for example monitoring, predicting, confirming, rereading, reading on and self-correcting. (ACELY1679)
  • Use comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning and begin to evaluate texts by drawing on a growing knowledge of context, text structures and language features. (ACELY1680)
  • Re-read and edit texts for meaning, appropriate structure, grammatical choices and punctuation. (ACELY1683)
  • Discuss texts in which characters, events and settings are portrayed in different ways, and speculate on the authors’ reasons. (ACELT1594)
  • Discuss how language is used to describe the settings in texts, and explore how the settings shape the events and influence the mood of the narrative. (ACELT1599)
Learning Objectives

In Lessons 1 to 15, students learn about:

  • a strategy for how to answer multiple-choice items
  • comprehension strategies
  • different types of texts
  • constructed responses
  • sequencing items.
Success Criteria
  • Understand how language can be used to express feelings and opinions on topics.
  • Contribute actively to class and group discussions, asking questions, providing useful feedback and making presentations.
  • Use knowledge of letter–sound relationships including consonant and vowel clusters and high-frequency words to spell words accurately.