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
Shiremoor Primary School currently offer swimming lessons for all children in Year 5. Children are taught by qualified swimming instructors who follow guidelines set out by the Local Authority. As most of our children do not have access to swimming lessons in addition to those provided by the school, the Senior Leadership Team have worked with the Local Authority to ensure we have the best programme available to meet the needs of our children. Once again this year, we will have visits from local swimming instructors and RNLI to promote water safety and free swim sessions in a bid to inspire more of our children to access swimming facilities outside of school provisions. We focused on changing how we offer swimming for academic year 2018-19 to ensure we offered the most effective provision for our children. In the academic year 2018-19, children accessed an intensive block session. They attended swimming lessons daily for 4 weeks to help aid progress. This proved to be very effective for the context of our school and so will be continuing with this approach in academic year 2019-20.
Currently, in our 2019-20 Year 6 cohort,
- 75% can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres. A 14% increase.
- 62% can use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]. A 29% increase.
- 68% can perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. A 27% increase.
Even though we are below National Expectations, we have made a 67% increase in children who can swim 25 metres since the start of their swimming lessons.