The National Curriculum states:
All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.
In particular, pupils should be taught to:
Swimming at The Mount Stewart Schools
At Mount Stewart Junior School Key Stage Two pupils will attend a swimming programme for one term per academic year, regardless of their swimming ability. This ensures that all children are given the opportunity to develop and improve their swimming ability during these school years (they work within ability groups alongside qualified instructors). During the summer term, pupils from Years 4 who haven’t yet achieved their 25m distance swim will attend further swimming lessons. At the end of each term, pupils are re-assessed to help us decide whether they need to continue attending swimming sessions in the following term. All pupils learn about how to keep themselves and others safe, both in and around water. Our instructors deliver specific water safety sessions during the summer term.
Assessment of Pupils:
All Year 4 pupils attended swimming sessions for during last academic year. Assessment information for our Y4 pupils for the 2018-19 academic year (pupils) is set out below. Our current Year 4 cohort (2019-20) will be reported on at the end of the current academic year.
|Number of pupils who are non-swimmers||10|
|Number of pupils who can swim 10-20 metres||22|
|Number of pupils who can swim competently etc||54|
|Number of pupils who can perform safe self-rescue||RBC|
PE at The Mount Stewart Schools
Aims and Objectives
All children in our schools enjoy 2 hours a week of timetabled physical activity. Both the indoor and outdoor sports spaces are prioritised for those classes who have timetabled PE activities; this means that inclement weather does not stop these PE activities from taking place, since planned outdoor activities may be transferred indoors.
Our PE curriculum is designed so that children have the opportunity to:
All children are expected to be able to apply these skills to competitive situations, either in parts of planned lessons, or in specifically organised events, such as sports day, and other termly intra-school competitions. As children progress through the schools, they are taught how to recognise effective performance, both of their own and of others. They are then expected to be able to help plan and organise tasks which may help or challenge others to improve their ability in different activities. As well as this regular self-evaluation during lessons, children are also required to complete a formal self-assessment, which confirms their own feelings about the progress they are making in physical education.