Swimming is not only a great form of exercise, but it is also a lifesaving skill. That is why the National Curriculum insists that all schools must provide swimming instruction, either in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.
The National Curriculum states that all pupils should be taught to:
It is hoped that all Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 children will have the opportunity to attend a block of swimming lessons throughout the academic year. This includes swimmers and non-swimmers. Children who can already swim will still be required to go swimming, in order to continue to help them swim more competently, confidently and proficiently.
When going swimming, your child will need:
The children will be walking to Jarrow Community Pool, therefore, even when the weather is warmer, could we ask that the children wear or pack a suitable coat, in the event that the weather changes throughout the day.
Swimming goggles and toiletries are not necessary. As with all other P.E. activities earrings should not be worn and long hair should be tied back.
If your child is not going swimming, a letter must be brought into school explaining the reasons. If your child has any of the following, they should not go swimming:
By the time the children are in key stage 2, it is important that all children are able to undress and dress themselves. We would appreciate your support at home in helping the children to develop these skills.
Mrs K McLaren Mrs M Rooney
Sports Coordinator Head Teacher