Swimming and Water Safety
The National Curriculum stipulates that all schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.
In particular, pupils should be taught to:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
The Department of Education indicates that the 2014 National Curriculum includes a greater emphasis on Swimming within the PE curriculum in comparison with other areas of activity such as Games, Gymnastics and Dance. The revised curriculum for Physical Education sets out clear expectations that all pupils regardless of ability or disability will learn to swim.
Vision: ‘To ensure that every child has the opportunity to participate in high quality school swimming linked to community programmes, delivered by appropriately qualified people in a safe environment’. Swim England (National Governing Body for Swimming)
All children receive swimming lessons in Y4, with booster sessions being provided at the end of Y6 for those who have not yet reached national standards before leaving primary school.
Swim lesson provider: Sheffield Swimming Service.
Pipworth children receive high quality swimming lessons from experienced, qualified staff teacher, who support the children both in and out of the water. They are taught in a fun and unique way and their progress is closely tracked. Pupils are encouraged to have a go at everything. With help being offered to those who need it and children are never made to take part in an activity that upsets them but they are given every bit of encouragement to overcome fears. Most of our children can’t wait for their swimming lesson to come round each week.
If you would like information about extra lessons at any of our local pools, to further your child’s swimming ability or to give your child an early start before they get to Y4, click on the link below or come and speak to Miss Wheeldon-Wright or Mr Chatterton