teaching, whether we like it or not, has a political agenda...it has always and will always because we (as teachers) get to chose how we present the information to the children. Our personality goes into the information that we share.
Just as schools that go OTT into naplan prep are playing to an agenda, so are schools that withhold any prep.
By withholding prep from the Year 3 kids, the school is trying to send a message that they don't care about the results. BUT, it is actually disadvantaging the kids and making them the casualty of the political statement.
Tell me any other area where you send kids into something with no forewarning and are happy for them to have a quick practice 5 minutes before they start and nothing else. Sport? Nope, they practice the games they play. Music? Nope, before a choir sings, they learn the songs. Drama? Nope, before a play goes on, they practice. What about any of the extra curric things...nope, all have practice and prep before any kind of challenge. What about things that are not "judged"...doing a speech at assembly? Nope, they would practice that too. They would, by years of going to assembly...know where to go and where to sit and what the format would be. They don't need to know the exact content...because they are familiar with the environment...just like they should be for naplan.
So, because the teachers want to make a political statement, they refuse to run the kids through a bit of practice before hand. Ignoring what is on previous years testing...just do some multiple choice type questions on the stuff you have on your plan. I am sure you do worksheets...just style a couple of them like naplan.
I'm sure you write stories/recounts in class...just give them some topic starters so they are used to that.
To refuse to look deeper at this and admit there is an agenda surprises me. This is very clearly linked to the refusal to accept the changes the gov't is trying to put in while they are not living up to their promises of more support for the schools. And, I do understand that...but, i don't agree with the kids at your school being used as the pawns.
When I had to sit my STAT exam to get into uni, i went and found some practice papers...why? Because, walking in to a room where I had no idea what I was going to be doing was stressful. Now, we got 5 minutes to be talked through the problems too...but, I was so glad I had done some practice.
HSC students, Year 10 students...all do practice for their exams. People who sit the select entry tests for schools...do practice exams (and, when you submit those applications...they want all your NAPLAN results...year 3 included).
I absolutely support strike action and trying to make sure that teachers only work the 40 hour week they are paid for (although I know this is impossible)...but not a blanket refusal to work in the kids best interest when it can be done within existing frameworks and planning.