Swimming

As well as being good for your child’s health, swimming is a skill that could ultimately save their life.  Drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in children, and therefore it is absolutely vital that every child has the opportunity to learn to swim and gain core knowledge regarding water safety.  Even if your child can swim, they may still be exposed to danger in water in the wrong circumstances. Your child should be encouraged to practice their swimming regularly to improve their basic skills and become a more competent swimmer. 

Swimming and water safety is a statutory element of the P.E. National Curriculum. This means:

All schools must provide swimming instruction either in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2.  In particular, pupils should be taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively such as front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

School Swimming Lessons at Yardley Primary School

Every child who attends Yardley Primary School and goes through Year 4 will receive school swimming lessons.

As swimming is part of the National Curriculum, all pupils must participate in lessons.

We always take every child, regardless of their ability, to complete a block of swimming lessons in Year 4.

Our swimming lessons take place in a pop-up swimming pool on school site.  

Parents/guardians are not able to accompany their children to swimming or attend as a spectator.

School Swimming Lessons - What You Need

The following information is adapted from Swim England and is followed by Stechford Leisure Centre and Aspire (the provider of our 'Pop Up Swimming Pool Programme').

Swimming is one of the most accessible and inclusive activities and everyone should feel confident and comfortable while in the water.

Over the years swimwear has come on leaps and bounds.  So have policies relating to guidance about what can be worn in pools.  It’s important that children feel confident and comfortable – but that they are also safe.

What clothing to wear in the pool

Your child will get changed for swimming lessons in school.  On the days of their swimming lessons, children 

should come to school in either their school uniform or school P.E. kit, whichever is easier for them to change quickly and independently out of and in to.  This will give them the maximum amount of time in the swimming pool.

There are different styles of swimwear.  These include:

ALL SWIMMING KIT MUST BE LABELLED WITH YOUR CHILD'S NAME AND CLASS

What clothing not to wear in the pool

The important thing to note is that clothing shouldn’t be overly baggy or made of heavy materials such as denim or wool.  These can become water logged and heavy, making it difficult to swim or float.  It is also important to make sure pieces of clothing can not get stuck in filters or other parts of a pool, which makes lycra a good material to wear.

Clothing which shouldn’t be worn includes:

Jewellery

Jewellery is not permitted during school swimming lessons, this includes watches.

If your child wears earrings there are two options on swimming days:

What else to bring

Other things that children MUST bring on swimming days include:

What else may be needed

Children may bring the following if needed:

 Visit our Uniform & Equipment page for details of where to purchase swimming kit.

Parents Role In Swimming - What You Can Do To Help

As a parent, guardian or carer you play an absolutely vital role in encouraging your child to swim and learn about water safety, survival and lifesaving. 

Here are several ways you can help your child.

Swimming lessons at school

Swimming lessons at a local pool

Swimming as a family

It’s never too late to learn

Celebrate swimming successes

Just keep swimming

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a pop-up pool?

A pop-up pool is a fun and exciting addition to our school's physical education program.  With dimensions of approximately 10 metres by 5 metres and a depth of 1.2 metres, the above-ground pool structure provides a high-quality and safe swimming experience for children.  The pool meets industry standards and safety requirements, ensuring that all children can enjoy a fun and secure swimming experience.  Equipped with a filter and pool heater to maintain a safe water temperature, the pool is situated under a 6 metre by 12 metre solid structure marquee for shelter and shade.

Who teaches swimming lessons? 

Swimming lessons are delivered by a fully qualified swimming teacher, supported by a fully qualified lifeguard.  We use a company called Aspire Sports to deliver our swimming programme.

How often are the swimming lessons?

Your child will swim for up to 45 minutes every day for 3 weeks.  They may have more opportunity for swimming with additional booster and water safety focused lessons, this will be communicated to you by us at the end of the 3 week programme if necessary.

What should my child wear to school on swimming days?

Your child will get changed for swimming lessons in school (details below).  They should wear either their school uniform or school P.E. kit to school on swimming days, whichever is easier for them to change quickly and independently out of and in to.

Where will my child get changed for swimming?

Your child will get changed inside in a designated changing space next to the pool.  This is overseen by school staff.  Your child will use an individual changing cubicle.

Does my child need to bring swimming kit every day?

As your child will be swimming every day, swimming kit can be left in school Monday to Friday, to dry overnight.  Kit will be sent home at the weekends.  If you would prefer your child to change swimming kit throughout the week then feel free to do so, but they must have kit in every day.

What is the size of the swimming pool?

The pool is 5 metres wide and 10 metres long.  It is 1.2 metres deep.  There are edges/sides for the pupils to hold on to.

Will the pool be open on the playground?

The pool is enclosed in an industrial solid structure marquee and not in view of anyone not taking part in the swimming session.

Will my child get cold?

As the pool is within the solid structure marquee and the water is heated to a constant temperature, the children will be in a warm environment both in the water and within the marquee.

Will my child go outside to get to the pool?

There will be a very short distance between the school door and the marquee, for which the children will require suitable footwear and a robe/towel (see kit details above).

Can i watch my child go swimming?

Parents/guardians are not able to accompany their child to swimming or attend as a spectator.

Can I opt my child out of swimming?

No.  Swimming and water safety is a statutory part of the P.E. National Curriculum.  As swimming is part of the National Curriculum, all pupils must participate in lessons.

My child has never been swimming before, will they be ok?

We always have children of different abilities taking part in school swimming.  If your child has never been swimming, they will not be alone.  Children are arranged into ability groups so they will be with other children of a similar ability.  For non-swimmers, the first sessions are all about entering the water, moving around in it safely and gaining confidence in it - children are not expected to swim straight away.  

As a parent, guardian or carer you play an absolutely vital role in encouraging your child to swim and learn about water safety, survival and lifesaving.  It is important to get your child swimming as early and as much as possible - don’t just rely on school swimming lessons.  See the previous section for more advice on your role in swimming and what you can do to help.

Our School Swimming Data

Our school swimming data for pupils in Year 6 is based upon our assessments carried out when the pupils were in Year 4, the year group in which school swimming takes place.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, not all pupils were able to attend swimming whilst in Year 4.  Below are the numbers and percentages of our Year 6 pupils, who went swimming in Year 4, who can: