The Primary School Survival Guides are resources to help students and their parents prepare for each primary school year. Each Primary School Guide provides detailed information about each year of Primary School to help parents make the right decisions for their child.
What’s explained in The Primary School Survival Guides?
In each Primary School Guide, we present:
An explanation of the subjects students will undertake
An overview of the subject outcomes for English, Mathematics, and Science
Information about the NAPLAN assessments
An overview of the various assessments students will undertake through Primary School
Useful advice to help students achieve their academic goals
Information relevant to OC classes and the Selective School Entrance test.
Who should read the Primary School Survival Guides?
These Primary School Survival Guides are written for parents and guardians of primary aged children to help them navigate their way through the challenges and demands of primary school.
You’ll find that many of your concerns are common amongst parents and will be clarified by these guides.
The Stages of Primary School
In NSW, and across Australia, learning is broken into stages. Each Stage of learning comprises two years of a child’s education. For example, Years 1 and 2 make up Stage 1.
This allows schools and education departments at state and federal levels to be aligned in terms of student outcomes and essential content across different education systems.
The flowchart below will help you see the progression of stages and years in primary school.
You can find detailed information on Stages 2 and 3 in our Primary School Survival Guides.
Note that the language(s) that your child will study depends on their school choice.
Stage 1 marks the start of your child’s formal education. During this stage, your child will acquire many skills fundamental for their later years.
Subjects in Years 1 & 2
In Years 1 & 2, students start having clear subjects. In addition, students are exposed to a wide variety of subjects and, depending on school, have the opportunity to begin the formal learning of a language.
The subjects students will focus on the most are:
In addition, students will be exposed to:
Science and technology
Physical Education, Health and Personal Development
Languages (where offered)
Begin Stage 1
Develop the fundamental skills of handwriting, sounding out words, and recognising numbers, sequences, time, chance and money
Complete Stage 1
In Stage 2, your child’s academic achievement will be formally measured with their first NAPLAN assessment and the Opportunity Class Placement Test. These standardised tests will allow you to see how well your child performs compared to the rest of the state and the country.
The important milestones and achievements for Stage 2 are:
Begin Stage 2
Year 3 NAPLAN Assessment
Opportunity Class Placement Test for Year 5
Complete Stage 2
Stage 3 is the final stage of primary school. Your child will have the chance to sit the NAPLAN in Year 5, and the Selective School Entrance Test in Year 6. Good results in both of these exams may be required to gain entry into the high school of your choice.
Begin Stage 3
Year 5 NAPLAN Assessment
Applications for Selective School Test (to be sat in Year 6)