Y6 Swimming and Water Safety

National Curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety

• swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
• use a range of strokes effectively
• perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

It is an Ofsted requirement that all schools publish how many of their year 6 pupils have achieved the national curriculum (NC) key stage 2 swimming requirement.
The schools swimming and water safety standards test is a standardised test that measures whether a child possesses the knowledge and the skills to enable them to be safe in and around the water and to potentially rescue themselves from a life threatening situation.  The belief behind it being that every 11-year old child should leave primary school with the skills to keep themselves safe while enjoying swimming with friends and family.
Measuring this requirement is vital to ensure that schools are able to effectively target their swimming provision to meet these standards but also for parents to be aware of their children’s swimming ability and to help take an active role in ensuring their child’s safety around water environments.

  • At Beech Green pupils in Years 4 and 5 are taken on a course of swimming lessons
  • At the start of Term 5, Beech Green pupils in Year 6 have a swimming and water ability assessment by qualified swimming teachers
  • Those Y6 children who are not at the NC expectation will take part in catch up swimming lessons during Terms 5 and 6 with the aim to help them achieve the national curriculum level by the time they leave primary school.

The percentage of Y6 pupils who achieved the national curriculum (NC) key stage 2 swimming requirment is:-

Academic year 2018-2019 - 80% of the children can swim, however, only 50% of the year group achieved the NC KS2 test requirement