Deanesfield Primary School

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National Curriculum - Swimming & Water Safety

As a part of the Physical Education Programme of Study, a statutory element of the National Curriculum, children must be provided with swimming instruction and should be 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 etc)
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations.


Here at Deanesfield, children in Year 4 are given the opportunity to attend these weekly swimming lessons. In the academic year 2018 - 2019, 58.6% of our children in Year 4 met the requirements, expected of all children by the end of KS2 (Year 6).