The National Curriculum: Swimming and Water Safety
All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.
In particular, 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
Hunter's Bar Junior School Lessons
We are writing to keep you informed about the arrangements for school swimming this year now that all the Y4 children have had their initial swimming assessment.
This year with the support of the Sheffield School Swimming Association we are making changes to the way swimming lessons are organised. For the rest of the year the children will have their swimming sessions in ability groups. The number of sessions your child receives will be dependent on their swimming ability, with weaker swimmers having more sessions than stronger swimmers.
Even though stronger swimmers will receive fewer lessons than in previous years, the sessions themselves will better match their needs, as they will be doing the advanced swimmer programme; which includes water polo, synchronised swimming and lifeguard skills to name a few.
The reason for the change in the programme is related to funding. The school has always subsidised swimming beyond the funding received from the local authority; even with this years’ revised programme there is still a significant cost to school. However, the cost of running the previous programme with all children having 18 lessons is not currently sustainable.
In future years there is a possibility that swimming sessions may have to reduce further.
This is because funding from the local authority for swimming is allocated to primary school children. Therefore in the case of separate junior and infant schools the funding is split between them. This year the infant school have informed us that they are using their funding to provide swimming instruction and their aim is to have more children being able to swim by the time they come to the junior school.
We will inform you in a separate letter as to when your child’s swimming sessions start and hope you understand this change in the swimming programme.
Mr Watson, September 2017