Our Aim is for all children to gain increased water confidence, swim competently using different strokes and be safe around open water. For all children able to swim 25m unaided by the time they leave Overdale Junior School.
Swimming lessons take place in Year 5 at Aylestone Leisure Centre on Wednesday morning. All pupils attend a 6-week course at the leisure centre, travelling by coach. The children are taught in ability groups (up to 12 pupils) by qualified swimming teachers. Lifeguards are always on duty for swimming sessions. The aim for each child is to progress by improving water confidence, stroke technique, distance, life saving and self-rescue techniques.
Top up sessions occur in Year 6 (post SAT tests) to help those children who have not yet achieved 25m to become more confident swimmers and help them towards being able to swim 25m unaided. Y5 & Y6 Pupil Premium children are able to get help with the cost of swimming.
The school has recently joined the School Swimming Charter and this provides us with a large number of resources for teaching swimming, information about safe swimming and a recognised Swimming Assessment and Awards system. The progressive award levels are 1-6 and also include rescue techniques and aquatics skills for the higher swimming ability pupils. Where children achieve an award they are given a badge and certificate. There is also a greater focus on safety around water, including the SAFE Code and understanding the meaning of different coloured beach flags.
Currently in the academic year 2017-18 more than 70% of children in Y5 and Y6 can swim 25m unaided. We expect this number to rise following Y6 booster sessions. Presently, we do not have comparative figures for Y3 and Y4 as we do not swim in these year groups.