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Swimming ATTAINMENT

Swimming is an important skill and encourages a healthy and active lifestyle.

At John Burns Primary School we want all children to be proficient swimmers by the time they transition to secondary school. 

Pupils start swimming in Year 3 and will swim for 45 minute sessions each year until the end of Year 6, adding up to 40 hours in total.

The programme of study for PE sets out the expectation that pupils should be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

* Results for pupils in Year 6 - updated March 2022

  • 66% (16/24 pupils) in Year 6 could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres at the end of the spring term 2022   
  • 50% (12/24 pupils) in Year 6 could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 50 metres at the end of the spring term 2022
  • 66% (16/24 pupils) in Year 6 could use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke] at the end of the spring term 2022
  • 66% (16/24 pupils) in Year 6 could perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations at the end of the spring term 2022

* Swimming sessions took place at Emanuel School in the autumn term 2021. Swimming Pool closures (2020-2021) have impacted swimming attainment. 6 identified pupils in Year 6 that did not meet the 25m swimming distance received additional swimming provision at Latchmere Leisure Centre during spring 2022.     

* Results for pupils in Year 6 at the end of 2020-2021:

  • 41% (12/29 pupils) in Year 6 could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres at the end of Year 5   
  • 37% (11/29 pupils) in Year 6 could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 50 metres at the end of Year 5
  • 41% (12/29 pupils) in Year 6 could use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke] at the end of Year 5
  • 76% (22/29 pupils) in Year 6 could perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations at the end of Year 5

* Swimming sessions did not take place for Year 6 in 2020-21 due to Latchmere Leisure Centre swimming pool being closed. The swimming pool only trialled reopening for school groups of secondary age pupils in autumn 2. Swimming sessions were due to commence in spring 2021, but school closures and the coronavirus pandemic prevented swimming from resuming.  

* Results for pupils in Year 6 at the end of 2019-2020:

  • 64% (16/24 pupils) could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • 44% (11/24 pupils) could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 50 metres
  • 64% (16/24 pupils) could use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • 79% (19/24 pupils) could perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

* Swimming lessons did not take place during the spring and summer term 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.