Archive for January, 2011

Swimming lessons

What is the purpose of swimming lessons? I thought it was ‘to learn how to swim’? You know, not drown and further to learn how to propel oneself through the water with some degree of style and efficiency? But no, apparently the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority have something to say about the matter according to our local sports centre (see below).

Could someone explain to me exactly HOW “Work well in groups to solve specific problems and challenges, sharing out the work fairly” can possibly apply to swimming? Seriously, it is just this kind of pointless busy-work drivel that convinces me that home education was and is the best choice. I almost pity whoever had to make this BS up, “you want what? a whole page on the purpose of swimming lessons?”

Aims and Objectives of the Schools Programme
Swimming Lessons

The National Curriculum in swimming is about far more than achieving a 25 metre swimming award. In addition, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has the following expectations of school swimming programmes:

Most children will be able to:

Swim between 50 and 100 metres and keep swimming for 45 to 90 seconds.
Use 3 different strokes, swimming on their front and back.
Control their breathing.
swim confidently and fluently on the surface and under water;
Work well in groups to solve specific problems and challenges, sharing out the work fairly.
Recognise how swimming affects their body and pace their efforts to meet different challenges
Suggest activities and practices to help improve their own performance.

We aim to provide an all round Schools Programme and have devised a series of awards to reflect these challenges. Swimming is a life skill and we recognise both the contribution that swimming can make to encourage a healthy life style in our school children as well as the importance of educating our young people in water safety awareness.

To meet these objectives, in addition to the teaching of swimming stokes and skills we recognise the need to educate and increase the understanding of our children in the following:

An understanding and awareness of safety in and around swimming pools.
An understanding and awareness of open water safety and how such environments differ from supervised swimming pools.
An introduction to survival swimming
The importance of an active lifestyle
To recognise how bodies feel different and are effected by exercise
To understand the importance of warming up and preparing for exercise
To understand why physical activity is good for health and well being

We recognise the right of each child to be treated individually and given equal rights to participate whatever their needs and in a stress free and encouraging environment.