In Year 3 and 4 children are given the opportunity to experience swimming as part of their learning in PE. The National Curriculum refers to children being able to swim 25m confidently, knowing a range of strokes and knowing self-rescue and water safety.
Children in these years therefore go to a six week learning course at the AT7 centre next to school. At the centre, certified instructors and lifeguards work with the children to teach them confidence and safety in the water, as well as delivering a water safety and self-rescue session.
The children achieve awards and certificates to indicate their progress in these areas using the ‘Aquarius Swimming School’ badge system.
Children will develop basic movement skills and water confidence with a teacher in the water for support. Aids may also be used such as armbands and body belts.
This class will develop basic stroke techniques on front and back, basic floating and jumping in. Aids may also be used such as armbands and body belts.
This stage aims to reduce /remove swimming aids enabling children to further develop front and back swimming techniques, as well as developing safe entries to the pool. Children will be assessed without aids when swimming distances.