Swimming at St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School
Swimming is a core part of the P.E curriculum for all primary schools, primary schools across England have a requirement to ensure all children are able to swim 25m in a standard pool by year 6. There is however no requirement to continue with lessons after they have passed their 25m.
At our school however, we understand that swimming is a vital life skill that will help children all throughout their life, when near rivers or beaches. The children find their weekly swimming lesson to be fun-filled and educational. As we are lucky enough to have a pool local to our school, the children also enjoy a walk to and from the swimming pool itself, which helps keep them fit and healthy.
Our local pool is WaterWorld in Prudhoe. The instructors are fantastic and teach the children vital skills throughout their weekly lessons, they are taught how to safely rescue someone, how to survive in water and how to swim in clothes.
At present, our weekly swimming lesson takes place on a Friday afternoon, and our KS2 children (Years 3-6) alternate on a half-termly basis. If your child is swimming this half-term, they should arrive to school in school uniform with jogging pants as well as a small rucksack with their swimming kit. (Towel, goggles (if needed), swimming costume/trunks and spare socks etc just in case.)
If you have any questions about the weekly swimming lessons, please contact the school office who will be more than happy to assist.
Prudhoe Waterworld Swimming Risk Assesment