Teaching our children to swim and be confident in the water is an essential life skill that we believe all children should have the opportunity to acquire. It is also a great activity that keeps our bodies physically fit and healthy. At Morley Victoria we take our Year 4 children every week for swimming lessons to Morley Leisure Centre for the whole academic year.
The is a good opportunity to experience what it is like to go swimming without their parents and carers and be more independent at organising themselves and getting changed etc. In the first few weeks the children are assessed and then grouped to enable each child to be taught at the level they require. During their lessons the children learn all of the different strokes, how to jump and dive in and how to perform a safe water rescue.
It is a requirement that all children should be able to swim at least 25m by the time they leave primary school and be able to carry out a safe water rescue – most of our children leave us being able to do this. For those who don’t – they have make significant progress but don’t quite hit the assessment criteria. If this is the case we inform parents and suggest that they continue to take their child to lessons so that they reach the minimum requirement for a child leaving primary school.
Swimming is a huge part of Year 4 and a definite highlight for all children.