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Swimming

Swimming is an important skill and can encourage a healthy and active lifestyle. All Local Authority schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.

 

The programme of study for PE sets out the expectation that 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

 

At Catchgate Primary School we typically start water confidence lessons in Year 1.  This continues into Year 2 and Year 3.  Those pupils who have not reached the 25m expectation will continue to swim in Year 4.  Pupils in Year 6 are then given the opportunity, after SAT tests in May, to consolidate the skills above to ensure they leave school able to swim the 25m.

 

Results for pupils in Year 6 the end of 2015 - 2016: -

  • 71% could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres

  • 65% could use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]

  • 85% perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

 

At Catchgate Primary School we do not use any primary PE and sport premium to provide additional provision for swimming.  We have a swimming pool onsite which enables more groups per week to swim as we do not have additional transport costs to factor in. 

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