By the end of year 6, according to the National Curriculum, every child should be able to:
- Pace themselves in floating and swimming challenges related to speed, distance and personal survival
- Swim unaided for a sustained period of time over a distance of at least 25m
- Use recognised arm and leg actions, lying on their front and back
- Use a range of recognised strokes and personal survival skills
To help schools achieve this target the Bristol School Sport Partnerships are working with the Swimming development team to ensure EVERY child can have this opportunity for the future.
The swimming development team are helping schools to get all their pupils swimming in a variety of ways, for example:
- Training – we can provide free courses for school teachers and other school staff who take the children swimming
- Support – we can work with individual schools to help them to improve their swimming lessons.
- Top-Ups – extra free swimming lessons for pupils in Year 5 and 6 to help them to reach the national standards.
- Projects – different ways of working with schools and swimming pools to help children swim well.
For more information on School Swimming, please look at the School Swimming Website on www.bristol.gov.uk/schoolswimming or Email the Schools’ Swimming Development Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org