All primary school children 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.
The 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.
The 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.
FS1 and FS2
At 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.
Year 1, 2 and 3
Children 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.
Older 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.
Year 3, 4, 5 and 6
At 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.