Since 1994, swimming and water safety has been a statutory element of the national curriculum for physical education in England.
This means that every 11-year old child should leave primary school with the skills to keep themselves safe while enjoying swimming with friends and family.
The three national curriculum outcomes
Swimming is the only sport to be included within the national curriculum physical education programme of study. All primary schools must provide swimming and water safety lessons in either Key Stage 1 or 2.
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.
Swimming at The Wherry School:
At The Wherry School every child (even into the Secondary Phase) has an opportunity to swim. We are fortunate to have access to the Little Fish Swim School Pool located at The Hewett School, which is accessed from the school playground. We swim every morning from 9-10am.
The current arrangements for Swimming are:
- Monday – Year 9 or 10 (half termly rotation)
- Tuesday – Year 7 or 8 (half termly rotation)
- Wednesday – Primary swimmers: focussed taught session, water confidence, stroke development, water safety
- Thursday – Tier 3 pupils; pupils requiring additional support or access to pool as part of bespoke programme
- Friday – Primary Swimmers: this session provides pupils with an opportunity to enjoy swimming, water play, swimming for enjoyment – whilst being kept safe and also knowing how to keep themselves safe whilst enjoying swimming with friends
- Friday – Primary non-swimmers – we also offer a water-based sensory circuit session at Harford Manor School; which develops water confidence and an enjoyment of play in a warm water environment. Staffing:
The school has employed its own Level 3+ swimming teachers, who are part of the school staff, supporting teaching and learning across the curriculum, but leading on swimming teaching in the school. The Swimming lead teacher ensures that staff are aware of their responsibilities with regards to the normal pool operating procedures (NOP) and emergency Action planning (EAP)
- Harri Clarke
To support teaching and learning in swimming the school has 7 members of staff who have successfully completed the RLSS National Rescue Award For Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC) – the staff noted below, alongside class-based staff, support pupils learning and safety through teaching and maintaining safety from either the pool-side or in the pool:
- Rachel Quick
- Dani Winteringham
- Sarah Liddiard
- Tracy Waterfield
- Lee Wicks
- Ashleigh Jenkinson
- Kerri- Val Edwards
Resources to pupils:
The swimming lead develops the objectives for each session to ensure individual pupil development and confidence; we also seek opportunities for the pupils to provide their own “voice” in sessions to determine the direction of their own learning, swimming development and water safety.