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How many of our Year 6 pupils are meeting the National Curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, using a range of strokes effectively and performing safe self-rescue in different water based situations? 

2019/2020: 23 / 28 pupils (82.14%)

2018/2019: 27 / 28 pupils (96.42%)

2017/2018: 15 / 21 pupils (71.42%)

Why do we take the children swimming?

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:

  • 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


It is hoped that all Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 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:

  • A waterproof bag
  • A swimming costume (girls) / appropriate swimming shorts (boys)    
  • A towel
  • A swimming cap


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:

  • A poorly stomach
  • A cold
  • A throat infection
  • An ear infection
  • An infectious skin condition or open wound


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.      


Yours sincerely,


Mrs K McLaren                                          Mrs M Rooney

Physical Education Coordinator                     Head Teacher

Meet the Lifeguards

Years 1 – 6 take part in a “Meet the Lifeguards – Water Safety Presentation” talk and interactive demonstration, in line with RNLI, RLSS and ROSPA Water Safety Guidelines.