Swimming Information 2019/20


Swimming is a strength of the PE curriculum at West Heath Primary School. Effective assessment procedures mean that pupils swimming progress is tracked from their baseline.  

How many pupils within the year 6 cohort can do each of the following:


  •        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


Current Picture

  •       Swimming lessons take place on Tuesdays and Fridays at Linden Road swimming baths.
  •       All children in KS2 have 8 swimming lessons each year.
  •       Teaching of swimming begins with front crawl and backstroke.
  •       When children have met the expected standard, breast stroke and personal survival skills are taught.
  •       When the above skills are mastered, children progress to life saving skills.

Talented swimmers are given the opportunity to take part in year 3/4 and the year 5/6 swimming galas. Pupils have 4 extra swimming sessions in order to prepare for this event; they compete against 4 schools, within the Kings Norton Sports Partnership.

PE and Sport provision, at West Heath Primary School is committed to developing the whole child (physically, mentally, emotionally.) Swimming lessons are free to all pupils and are delivered by a qualified PE teacher, swimming teachers and appropriately trained sports coaches.  Sports funding is used to pay for swimming lessons and transport to the swimming baths.

Other Comments

  •        Breast stroke is an area for development. The focus has been front crawl and back stroke so as to enable pupils to achieve a minimum of 25m proficiency.  
  •        The most able swimmers learn personal survival skills in deep water. They learn to swim in clothes, enter the water in different ways, float, tread water, retrieve items from deep water and perform different swimming actions, such as sculling.  They also develop swimming at speed in order to compete in the annual swimming gala.  
  •        Middle ability swimmers learn to float, tread water, enter the water in different ways and swim to safety.  The focus is learning to swim proficiently and to learn strokes which will enable them to swim at least 25m.  
  •       Lower ability swimmers learn to enter water safely using floatation devices. The focus for this group is to develop strokes in order to enable children to swim a short distance.