NAPLAN Test Preparation: Spelling – Years 3 and 5

Direct Instruction


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

  • Recognise and know how to write most high frequency words including some homophones. (ACELA1486)
  • Understand how to use letter–sound relationships and less common letter patterns to spell words. (ACELA1485)
  • Know how to use common prefixes and suffixes, and generalisations for adding a suffix to a base word. (ACELA1827)
  • Understand how to apply knowledge of letter–sound relationships, syllables, and blending and segmenting to fluently read and write multisyllabic words with more complex letter patterns. (ACELA1826)
  • Understand how to use phonic knowledge to read and write less familiar words that share common letter patterns but have different pronunciations. (ACELA1829)
  • Understand how to use knowledge of known words, base words, prefixes and suffixes, word origins, letter patterns and spelling generalisations to spell new words. (ACELA1513)
  • Explore less common plurals, and understand how a suffix changes the meaning or grammatical form of a word. (ACELA1514)
Learning Objectives

In In Lessons 1 to 15, students learn about:

  • homonyms – right, write, ate, eight, blue, blew, knew, new, flour, flower, whole, hole
  • morphographic rules
  • identify which oi/oy sound letters to use to spell a word
  • dropping the final e
  • identify which ou/ow sound letters to use to spell a word
  • doubling the final letter when adding a new morphograph.
Success Criteria
  • Use knowledge of letter–sound relationships including consonant and vowel clusters and high-frequency words to spell words accurately.