PE and Swimming

At Village Primary, physical education is an integral part of our curriculum. It is inclusive and engages all pupils. Children develop the knowledge, skills and competence to excel in a broad range of sports and physical activities.

We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that enable all children to achieve their personal best. Children participate in competitive sport. We aim for all children to be physically active for sustained periods of time and be able to make informed decisions to lead healthy and active lives. Swimming is an important life skill. We aspire for all children to leave Village Primary School, being able to swim at least 25 metres.

At Village Primary School, we ensure that our PE curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities. Our pupils are physically active and this has positive implications on their learning in the classroom. Children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of exercise. We hope children enjoy PE and develop a love of sport and physical activity and that they continue to pursue this outside of school and in future life outside of primary school.

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Swimming Provision

We guarantee all our children will be assessed and tracked during their swimming sessions. These sessions will take place during Year 4 and they will attend daily sessions, in fortnightly blocks, every term. Summer term will be reserved for those children who have not met the requirements of being confident in water. (If all children have met these requirements we will offer this swimming block to younger children and focus on water confidence and safety, in preparation for the summer holidays).

KS2 Expectations

  • Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • Use a range of strokes effectively e.g. front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke
  • Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations


School swimming lessons are part of the National Curriculum.

 Our aim is to remove as many barriers as possible so that children can enjoy their lessons. The following information should help you prepare for your child’s lessons.

  • Swimwear
    • Girls – one piece swimsuit
    • Boys – swimming shorts or trunks (no long / baggy shorts or football shorts please)
    • If required, a close fitting / dark coloured t-shirt / leggings can be worn over the top of appropriate swim wear.
  • Towel
  • Goggles
    • If using goggles, children must be able to put them on independently.
    • Please be aware that elements of the school swimming programme will at times require the children to remove their goggles. Teachers may also request for goggles to be removed while instruction is being given, to ensure they have eye contact with children.
  • Swimming Hat
    • Hats are not compulsory, but it is strongly recommended that children with longer hair wear a hat to avoid potential problems occurring during their swimming session
  • Pyjamas (Day 10)
    • During the 2-weeks of lessons, your child will be asked to swim in pyjamas as part of our water safety programme.
  • Jewellery
    • Should be removed before swimming to prevent any injury to either your child or another swimmer.


Swimming Stroke Guide


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