The DfE now requires schools to publish outcomes for pupils' swimming achievements by the end of Year 6.
National Curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety:
swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
use a range of strokes effectively
perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
At Thurston Primary Academy we teach pupils to swim in Years 4 and 5 at Stowmarket Pool using Suffolk Norse Swimming.
Swimming Challenge Awards – Gold
Plunge dive into water of at least full reach depth* and swim 100 metres in two minutes 30 seconds or less, using two different strokes, 50 metres of each.
Tread water for three minutes with one hand remaining above the head throughout. The arm raised may be changed no more than five times.
Scull head first on the back for 10 metres, move into a tucked position and turn through 360 degrees keeping the head above water. Return to the starting point by sculling feet first with the feet at or near the surface throughout and the hands close to the hips.
Swim 10 metres, perform a forward somersault without touching the pool bottom and continue to swim in the same direction for a further 10 metres.
Swim 800 metres using three of the following strokes: front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, English backstroke or sidestroke for a minimum distance of 200 metres per stroke. A change of stroke may only occur every 100 metres. This swim to be completed in 25 minutes.
Climb out at the deep end without assistance
By the end of the Autumn Term 2018, of the pupils in Year 5, 100% pupils were able to swim a distance of 25 metres or more and 93% pupils have gained PSA Awards.
Pupils who have not reach the proficiency advised by DfE will be offered funding to continue swimming tuition in Year 5/6 privately.