All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.
In particular, pupils should be taught to:
In order to meet these requirements, Meadowhead Community Junior School use the professional services of Half Fish, based at Daisyfield swimming pool, Blackburn.
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.