The Importance of Learning to Swim at School

25th January 2019
Drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in children. We believe all children should have the opportunity to learn how to swim and be taught how to stay safe in and around water.
We are aware that many children learn to swim outside of school but for some, primary school will be the only opportunity they have to learn these vital lifesaving skills. That is why it is so important to ensure all our primary schools are supported to provide the best possible swimming and water safety provision for all their pupils. The government has recognised the importance or teaching our young people swimming and water safety by including it in the national curriculum.
Swimming isn’t just about being able to have fun in the water with family and friends (although it is and you should!). It is also about knowing what to do if someone gets into trouble, or a strong current takes your friend away from the edge. Or you fall in when running by a river.
Swimming is also incredibly good for your physical and mental health and wellbeing – it’s the only activity you can do at any age and at any ability. We have an opportunity to ensure every generation is taught basic water safety skills. But we have to work together to make it happen.
For each academic year, all schools are required to publish how many pupils in Year 6 are meeting the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, using a range of strokes effectively, and perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations.
Shanklea Primary School enables children from Year 3 to year 6 to access swimming lessons at Concordia. The lessons are provided by experienced, qualified swimming teachers and enable all the children to develop this important skill. We appreciate that some children have lessons outside school and many are proficient swimmers but lessons with their class still offer many benefits. These include independence, social interaction, fitness and a chance to have fun in the water with their peers. We appreciate the continuing support of parents.