We use some of our PE & Sport Grant to fund our pupils' swimming lessons. Living by the sea, we realise it is an important skill for pupils to be able to swim confidently and independently, and many parents also recognize this by taking their children for swimming lessons outside of school time.
We do not have a pool, so we take our Year 6 children to the local leisure centre for a block of 10 swimming lessons during their last term at our school. We have found this to be the most efficient and productive way for them to experience this important learning, and their newly acquired skills are still fresh in their minds as the summer holiday period starts. The table below shows the impact of lessons on their ability.
In the last academic year, swimming lessons took place following COVID-19 guidelines. Due to the pandemic, some pupils did not take part in all sessions.
Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety
What percentage of our Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres:
What percentage of our Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
What percentage of our Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations:
Schools can choose to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium to provide additional provision for swimming but this must be for activity over and above the national curriculum requirements. Have you used it in this way?
In the Spring of 2016 the Academy received an initial grant of £10,000 to fund projects to improve pupils' health and well being. This was supplemented by a further grant of £7,000 in the Spring of 2017.