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Swimming and water safety has been a statutory element of the national curriculum for physical education (PE) programme of study since 1994. However, annual research by the national governing body for swimming, Swim England shows that since 2012 only half of children aged between seven and 11-years-old have met the required swimming standard.


We are very lucky to have access to the swimming pool at Brookland Junior School and the swimming lessons are taught by a qualified swimming instructor, Linda Searles. The children in Year 1 and Year 2 go swimming in the first half of the Autumn term and again in the Summer term. The children in Reception go swimming in the Summer term.


The organisation of the lessons will work as follows:


Reception classes will be divided in groups of 10 children at the time. The smaller groups will enhance the experience by focusing more intently on the individual requirements of each child. As you will appreciate for these lessons to happen. We do rely on volunteers, unfortunately if we don’t have enough ‘helpers’ the children won’t be able to swim. For each Reception class we will need 4 volunteers to help the children get changed and 1 volunteer who will go in the water with the children.


Year 1 and Year 2 will be divided into two groups allowing each to have a half hour of intensive swimming in smaller numbers. In Year 1 we need 4 volunteers per class to help the children get changed and in Year 2 we need 2 volunteers per class to help the children.


All volunteers will need to have a current DBS check before they can support the children with swimming. Please contact Pnina in the office for further information about how to obtain a DBS.


Swimming kits:

  • swimming costume (one piece) or swimming shorts (tight and above the knee)
  • towel
  • swimming hat (without a hat the children can't swim)
  • swimming goggles (optional)


Please make sure everything is labelled with your child's name.