During the autumn term 2022, Year 5 had swimming lessons at the QMC Swimming Pool by ‘Kim Chapman Swimming School’. Kim wrote the school a lovely email which said how much they had enjoyed teaching the children from Park View Primary. During the term it was wonderful to see the children becoming more confident in the water and learning to swim.
At the start of the term only 18 children out of 60 could swim a short distance unaided. At the end of the term, the children were assessed and we have nearly doubled the amount of swimmers in the year group. 35 children in the year group can now all swim a distance unaided. Out of the children present on the assessment day: 8 can now swim 5m, 10 can swim 10m, 2 can do 15m, 2 can swim 20m and 8 can swim 25m! It was great to see some children transition to new groups as time went on.
There is still a number of children in the beginner group but their achievements should not be underestimated. Some of these children had never been in a swimming pool before and it was great to see their water confidence improve overtime. Our school value of resilience was shining through.
The swimming teachers also shared important messages about water safety and life saving. The children were reminded that they should never go into water unaccompanied and they were also told how to keep safe at a beach and the dangers of frozen lakes.