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School Swimming


The National Curriculum states that by the time children leave Year 6 they should be able: to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over 25m; use a range of strokes effectively; and perform a safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.


At The Woodland Federation, we recognise the importance of swimming as a life-skill. As part of our PE and Sports offer all children from Year 1 go swimming at either Bakewell or Buxton Swimming Pools. Their swimming lessons  are taught by Derbyshire County Council swimming teachers supported by Federation staff.


We assess the children's progress using the Derbyshire County Council assessment criteria and award scheme. We aim for all of our children to be water confident and swimming the national curriculum expected standard of 25 metres by the end of Year 6.