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Some frequently asked questions about the teaching of swimming, and their answers.

 

Do schools have to teach swimming in both key stages (5-7 yrs and 7-11 yrs) or can they teach it in either KS1 or KS2?

 

What should children have achieved by the end of KS2?

 

Is there any guidance regarding KS 1 or KS 2 pupils getting changed in the same room?

 

Additional Information

 

Do schools have to teach swimming in both key stages (5-7 yrs and 7 – 11yrs) or can they teach it in either KS1 or KS2?

There is no requirement for schools to teach swimming at both KS1 and KS2.

Swimming must be taught in KS2 unless the KS2 programme of study has been covered at KS1.

 

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What should children have achieved by the end of KS2?

By the end of KS2 children should be able to:

 

  • Pace themselves in floating and swimming challenges related to speed, distance and personal survival.

  • Swim unaided for a sustained period of time over a distance of at least 25m.

  • Use recognized arm and leg actions, lying on their front and back.

  • Use a range of recognized strokes (for example, front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, breaststroke, sculling, floating and surface diving).

  • In addition children must be taught about water safety.

  • Schools may choose to teach swimming at other Key Stages and non-statutory guidance is available covering these stages.

 

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Is there any guidance regarding KS 1 or KS 2 pupils getting changed in the same room?

Schools / Governing Bodies should follow local advice on this topic. It is recommended to all schools that pupils should always change for PE. The schools’ policy should set out adequate, sensitive and sensible arrangements for changing, taking into consideration the needs of pupils from different religious and cultural backgrounds and those who mature at a much earlier or later age than their peers.

 

Governing Bodies in schools without changing accommodation may wish to consider one or more of the following options:

  • Girls and boys change within discrete areas of the classroom.
  • Special arrangements are made for an individual or small group.
  • Girls and boys change in different rooms.

 

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Page Published: 12/07/2011