At St Stephen's, we believe swimming is a vital life skill that all of our children should have before leaving Year 6. We aim to have every child meet the government requirement of being able to swim 25m by the time they leave primary education. Another reason that makes this so important is that our Year 6 School Camp in in September. As part of this camp we go surfing and bodyboarding, both of these activities require children to be able to swim 25m (buoyancy aids are provided for those who can't).
With this in mind, we target Year 5's for swimming lessons. These lessons take place throughout the year, starting with a block week followed by a Wednesday afternoon session for 6 weeks. We have an additional block week in the summer term where we target those children in Year 5 and 6 who are still unable to swim 25m. At the end of 2017/18 we had 92% of our Year 6 children who could confidently swim 25m.
Each year we aim to increase this figure. In order to achieve this we send our teaching staff on ASA accredited swimming courses that gives them the tools to teach our children how to be safe in water and how to develop their swimming strokes. We also pay for additional swimming teachers at our local pool to work with children who lack confidence in water.
If you have any further questions with regard to school swimming, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
Well done to our amazing swimming team who were in action on 28th November at Horfield Leisure Centre. It was the first of three galas in the North Bristol Swimming League. We had limited time to select our Year 5 team but our Year 6 team were the same children that competed last year. We finished 2nd overall on the night (1 point behind last year's winners). This is a massive achievement that the children should be hugely proud of. For some this was their first experience of competitive swimming and they were brilliant!
We can't wait for the next event when we hope to improve on this impressive performance. A huge thank you to our travelling support, the parents were very loud! We look forward to seeing you in March!!