North Mymms St Mary's

CE Primary School

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Autumn term Y5 & Y6

Spring term Y4 & Y3

Summer term Y2 & Y1

Why does your child learn to swim at school?

The Department for Education understands the importance of learning to swim; it is the only physical activity, which can save your life.

All primary schools must provide swimming and water safety lessons in Key Stage 1 or 2.

Swimming is the only sport to be included within the national curriculum physical education (PE) program.

Each pupil is required to be able to do the following:


· Perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations

· 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.


What will they learn in School Swimming lessons?


The children are assessed in their first week and assigned to a teacher and area of the pool in relation to their ability. During these lessons, children are taught front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke including butterfly for the higher levels. As well as learning to swim the basic strokes, your child will learn how to be safe around different water environments.


Swim attire:


Boys – To wear swimming shorts not speedos

Girls – Swimming costume not a two-piece


· All children will need to wear a swimming cap.

· Children can wear goggles; a parent disclaimer form will need to be filled out prier, which you can get from the office.