Swimming at Hillside

School Swimming

Swimming is not only a vital life skill, it is also a compulsory part of the National Curriculum. All children by the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) should be able to: 

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

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

  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

All children in Key Stage 2 go swimming. There are spaces for thirty children for each half-hour session. We take additional children from other classes to ensure that the percentage of children meeting National Curriculum standards increases. For example, additional children from Year 3 (those for whom additional sessions will lead to them meeting the standard) accompany Year 4 children on their lessons. In short, there is a commitment to ensuring that children who have not reached the National Curriculum standard will receive additional lessons. This has improved outcomes year-on-year for the past three years.

Swimming dates for this academic year 2019/2020 are:

  • Year 6 - weeks beginning 11th and 18th November 2019 (additional lessons 23rd and 30th March 2020 where required);

  • Year 5 - weeks beginning 23rd and 30th March 2020 (additional lessons 20th and 27th April 2020 where required);

  • Year 4 - weeks beginning 20th and 27th April 2020 (additional lessons 4th and 11th May 2020 where required); and

  • Year 3 - week beginning 4th and 11th May 2020

Please encourage and support your children to learn to swim. We are noticing an increase in the number of children who are not able to meet the National Curriculum requirements. 

Swimming statistics for 2019-20

This section will be updated as swimming children achieve throughout the year. Children who do not achieve the National Curriculum standard in their block of lessons will join other year groups to ensure as many children as possible reach the expected standard by the end of the year.

Swimming statistics for 2018-19

77% of Year 6 (24/31) met National Curriculum standards (Level 2 or higher). 33% of Year 5, 17% of Year 4 and 0% of Year 3 children met National Curriculum standards. This baseline is indicative of how our strategy to secure progress is effective by the end of Year 6.

Swimming statistics for 2017-18

50% of Year 6 (12/24) met National Curriculum standards (Level 2 or higher).

Swimming statistics for 2016-17

17% of Year 6 met National Curriculum standards (Level 2 or higher).