One of the things that Engayne Primary School is proud of is its indoor swimming pool. We are pleased to be able to offer all pupils on-site swimming lessons in line with the national curriculum. We believe that every child should have a positive, calm and safe environment to learn to swim. The children swim weekly from year 1 to year 6, all children swim regardless of their ability and our planning is inclusive of all.
In reception, typically, children gain water confidence; learn to float; put their face in the water and begin to swim. By year 6 we have built on their skills and techniques they will Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 meters. Use a range of strokes effectively (for example, Front crawl, Backstroke and Breaststroke)
|Reception||Build confidence, learn to float, practice kicking legs on the front and back begin to learn to swim.|
|Year 1||To swim 5 meters on the front and back with or without aids. Have knowledge of water safety and basic survival.|
|Year 2||To swim confidently 5 meters, then aim for 10|
|Year 3||To swim 10 meters continuously swimming the length of the pool. Introduce breathing to the side and breaststroke.|
|Year 4||Aim to swim 15 meters continuously working towrds 20 meters. Introduce butterfly legs and arms.|
|Year 5||Improve stroke technique have knowledge of water safety and lifesaving skills|
|Year 6||To swim 25 meters continuously, improve stroke technique. Have knowledge of water safety and lifesaving skills. Each lesson starts with a swimming routine warmup|
|Drowning prevention week 18th – 25th June 2022||The DPW campaign, created by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), encourages parents, schools, leisure centers and communities to use its free water safety resources, to give children the skills to enjoy a lifetime of fun in the water. This week involves performing rescues, what to do in an emergency and water safety at the beach, rivers and lakes.|
Swimming Standards end of 2021-2022 academic year
Swim England have now welcomed a new rule that requires schools to publish their swimming attainment levels.
There are three main swimming outcomes that children should achieve by the time they leave Engayne Primary School/Year 6.
- They must be able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over at least 25 meters.
- They must be able to use a range of strokes effectively (front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly).
- They must be able to perform a safe self-rescue in different water based situations.
Below is a table showing the percentage of Year 6 students from 2021-2022 who achieved these three outcomes:
|What percentage of Year 6 students are able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over at least 25 meters?||91%|
|What percentage of Year 6 students are able to use a range of strokes effectively (front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly)?||91%|
|What percentage of Year 6 students are able to perform a safe self-rescue in different water based situations?||97%|
Booster lessons are also taught at Engayne for pupils who need a little extra support with their swimming/certain skills and techniques. The number of children in each booster lesson is a lot smaller than a normal class, usually no more than 8 children.
The booster lessons are aimed at ensuring that children are getting the best chance to achieve the above three outcomes as possible before moving onto secondary school.