This year we will be following the ASA school swimming framework. We have signed up to the school swimming charter and all children will work towards a school swimming award. (Details can be found on the website)
Swimming is being taught as part of the PE curriculum which means we aim to teach more than just the physical skills involved with swimming, like with all PE activities. In order for us to include swimming as part of our PE program we ask for a contribution towards the cost of maintaining the pool and hiring specialist coaches to run the sessions, without the support from the contribution the program will have limited success.
Through our school swimming, in KS1 & 2 we will:
Develop Fundamental movement skills – flexibility, strength, technique, control, balance and coordination. With regular practice of these skills we continually strive to improve our fitness. By improving our fundamental skills, we can apply these to any sport.
Perform skills in isolation and as part of sequences – synchronised swimming activities will encourage us to work in pairs and groups, developing our strength and coordination whilst being creative and developing routines.
Play competitive Games – Mini-polo, Volley ball, relays, and a mini aqua festival will add variety and enjoyment to our lessons. Children will learn to work together and develop their team work skills.
Take part in outdoor adventurous activities and challenges both as a team and individually Children will be set challenges and problem solving tasks to do either as a team or in pairs, complete obstacle courses and learn about water safety, e.g how to call for help in water, the flags at the beach and what they mean.
Compare our performances with previous ones in order to achieve their personal bests. – By using their thinking skills children will be asked to think about their own technique and to recognise the things they can do to improve. Older children will be encouraged to take a coaching role and work with a partner to help others, good leaders. Everyone can improve whatever their swimming ability, perhaps by going faster, getting fitter and working harder, or by the consolidation a skill e.g the position of their head as they move through the water, or try kicking harder. We want the children to become aware of how to improve their own performances and skills.
For our year 6 children they will have a 5 week block of teaching at KES where they will have the opportunity to develop the above skills in deeper water, as well as working towards the school swimming awards for water safety and lifesaving it is vital that they take part in the full ten weeks so that all aspects of the program are covered.
Many top level athletes swim as part of their training, athletes like the Brownlee Brothers who train for 35-40 hours a week (GB triathletes) they use shallower pools such as the endless pool as part of their training regime. Many of us also have above ground pools in the summer that are fun and suitable for swimming, our school pool offers a fantastic opportunity to practice, refine and improve our skills in a safe environment whilst being outdoors and having fun with our friends, it is a great addition to our PE offer, where we aim to improve our skills and fitness through access to many different sports and opportunities.