The swimming pool at Robert Wilkinson Academy was opened in October 1996. We are one of the few schools to have it’s own swimming pool facility on site.The aim of the swimming class is to teach children a variety of water skills, including pool safety and swimming strokes, and for them to gain confidence in a safe and comfortable environment.All the teaching of the children is within the guidelines of ASA (Amateur Swimming Association). At the start of the year, classes are divided into groups, according to ability, with emphasis on improvement throughout.
Our Coaches – How often will my child swim?
Heather Feetenby (F.I.O.S) teaches teaches swimming to our year 2, 3 and 4 children, alternating each half term.
Adam Dyson teaches years 5 and 6, alternating each half term.
Our Award Scheme
Each child is encouraged to achieve skills and distance swimming, according to ASA recommendations.A badge system is in place to encourage the children to strive to achieve. Years 2,3, and 4 follow the Water Skills award and distance scheme. As the children progress through the swimming schemes, they are encouraged to become competitive, using correct stroke work, with an aim to take part in small competitive swim meets.
Meeting the national Curriculum Requirements
Our pupils are taught 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
By the end of year 6 the majority of our pupils can meet the required standard.
Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy has been very successful in producing swimmers that have achieved good results in regional galas. Swimming at Robert Wilkinson Academy is seen as a means, to encourage fitness, dedication, and determination, and ultimately, an insight into producing future swimming champions.
The timetable for swimming is set by the school, and is subject to change, according to the school timetable.