students have two sessions of PE a week, one of which is in the pool. In KS2
the children alternate between two PE sessions one term and then one PE session
and one swimming lesson the next term.
younger age groups begin in the school's smaller pool and as they progress
through the primary school they move to the large pool. A swimming teacher is
in the pool with the FS1 and FS2 children and there is a teaching assistant
poolside. All teachers are qualified swimming teachers and lifeguards.
water is heated during the winter months and temperature checks are made daily
to ensure the temperature is appropriate for the children. Regular checks are
also made on the chlorine and chemical balance in the pools.
this stage children will familiarise themselves with the swimming pool. They
will become more water confident and learn to explore the pool in different
ways. They will develop basic leg/arm action, floating, submerging, and how to
control their breathing. Children use floating devices and swimming aids to
assist them in learning more confidently and move around the pool freely. In
time they will manage to do the activities without these aids.
1, 2 and 3
in the earlier Year groups learn to enjoy being in the water and become more
confident. They learn how to keep afloat, find different ways to move in the water
learn how to control their breath when swimming and engage in various aquatic
challenges. Most children will be able to swim between 10-20m unaided in
shallow water. They will use legs and arm action on front and back to propel themselves.
children will be able to swim 25 meters unaided in deep water. They will
demonstrate good arms and legs coordination on front crawl, backstroke and
breaststroke. They will explore ways of swimming below the water surface.
3, 4, 5 and 6
this stage children will learn to swim more fluently with correct stroke
technique. They will learn to do Butterfly as well as some personal survival
techniques. Most children should be able to swim for 50 to 100m before
stopping, using at least three different strokes. They will learn to select
strokes for different activities including water polo. Children will be
introduced to racing starts, turns and general competitive rules.
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