School Swimming

We seek to provide as broad a curriculum as possible. Swimming is an important life-skill that will enhance enjoyment and safety throughout the lifetime of the children. It gives children an opportunity to excel at a non–academic activity.

At Lawn Primary School swimming lessons supplement the PE curriculum for Year 3 children. Children are taken to Woodlands Swimming Pool each term.


The programme of study for PE sets out the expectation that pupils should be taught to:

i) swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres

ii) use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]

iii) perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations


Teaching and Learning

Children are assessed on their first visit to the pool, by qualified instructors, and put into groups according to their ability. Each group is taught by a qualified swimming instructor who is responsible for the content of the lessons provided. Assessment is on going and as children make progress they are moved on to groups that meet their improving abilities. This decision is always taken by their swimming instructor. 

Health and Safety Guidance

Any medication that may be required by children whilst at the pool is taken by staff. This may include inhalers and Epipens.

Children must wear appropriate clothing. Goggles are recommended by most instructors however children are also expected to swim without goggles. No jewellery may be worn in the pool. The only exception to this rule is a medical alert bracelet, which may be worn if medically required. Long hair should be tied back.

Swimming hats have to be worn.

Children are taught to walk carefully when moving around the pool building.

At no time are the children left without the supervision of an adult.

Seat belts are worn whilst the children are on the coach.


If you require any further information please see Miss Ayub our PE Leader or email 

Swimming Results

At Lawn Primary School, we aim for all of our children to be able to swim 25m. At the moment we are collating data from our current KS2 to see whether our top – up swimming for Year 4 is having a positive impact.

Data: 2017 / 2018

Year 5 – Swimming provided in Y3 by school.



Non Swimmers


25 – 78.1%

7 – 21.9%


24 - 75%

8 – 25%

 Total 76% 24%

Year 6 – Swimming provided in Y3 by school.



Non Swimmers

Range of stroke used confidently Self safe rescue


25 – 78.1%

7 – 21.9%

 25 - 78.1%

 28 - 87.5%


23 – 71.9%

9 – 28.1%

 23 - 71.9%

 27 - 84%

 Total  75%  25% 75% 85.9%

During this year Y3 will be doing statutory swimming and then top up swimming will be provided for Y3 and Y4 through PE premium money.