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Update on swimming for spring and summer terms 2021


Unfortunately swimming lessons have been suspended again due to the Covid 19 pandemic and on government guidance. 

The National Curriculum states that:


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


In order to meet these requirements, Meadowhead Community Junior School use the professional services of Half Fish, based at Daisyfield swimming pool, Blackburn.  



There is no data currently available for this academic year due to Covid. 


Swimming lessons ceased in March.  Swimming lessons began again on September 30th 2020 with one class from Year 4 (4C).  Unfortunately, this only lasted five weeks until 4th November before they ceased again.  We will keep you update with the situation as it develops.


Thank you to all parents/carers in 4C for sending your child's kit in the waterproof bag we provided.  It did make things easier for the pool staff who are working so hard to ensure staff and children are kept as safe as possible. 




In Summer 2018, we changed swimming provision from Blackburn with Darwen to Half fish, based at Daisyfield swimming pool.  By using a new provider, we are more confident that  by the time children leave year 6 they will make even more progress and all children will be confident in swimming at least 25m effectively using front crawl, breaststroke and backstroke.


We firmly believe that learning to swim is an important life skill so the earlier they can be taught the better.  Our Year 3 children make excellent progress by having weekly lessons for three terms (two terms in summer and spring and continue in the autumn term when they first join year 4).


We also use some Sports premium funding to facilitate additional swimming to support Year 6 children in the summer term to achieve 25m.


100% of our Year 6 cohort made progress.  84%  of children became independent swimmers with 62% swimming 25m using a variety of strokes.


At the end of last year's academic year, 93% of the Year 3 cohort became independent swimmers with 56% swimming 10-25m after only two terms of swimming lessons.