Swimming at St John's

All children are offered the opportunity of swimming lessons during their time here at St John's, normally in Year 5 or 6.

 

2017-2018 Year 6 children: 

The national curriculum requirement is for children to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, using a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations.

 

Following swimming lessons during the Autumn term 2017:

20 children could swim 25 meters

20 children could swim 10 meters unaided

20 children could not swim

 

The teaching focused on both the front and back crawl.

Children had some practice of treading water and how to get out of the pool from the sides, without using the steps. Children also  practiced floating techniques, should they ever find themselves feeling out of their depth.

 

 

2018-2019 Year 5 children: 

The national curriculum requirement is for children to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, using a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations.

 

Following swimming lessons during the Spring term 2019:

32/60 could confidently swim at least 25m (more than one pool length in one go)

47/60 children could swim 10 meters unaided (one pool width)

13/60 children could not swim.

At the start of the lessons only 40/ 60 children had the confidence to put their faces in the water or to try lifting their feet from the bottom with the use of a float. By the end of the lessons, 44/60 were confident to put their whole head under and 50/60 were confident to try floating with the use of a float.

The teaching focused on both the front and back crawl, with the stronger group working on stamina and specific Olympic-style skills, such as the relay. Those that could swim also practised treading water and floating unaided.