All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.
In particular, pupils should be taught to:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
At St. Thomas’ our children go swimming in Year 3 for two terms (Spring and Summer) then in Year 4 for one term (Autumn) at Daisyfield Swimming Baths.
Extra swimming sessions also take place in Year 5 and Year 6.