Swimming in Pre-Prep
Swimming is taught all year round: during the summer term in the outdoor pool at SVPS, while in the autumn and winter terms use is made of the indoor pool at the Senior School.
The new National Curriculum from September 2014 states, “All schools must provide swimming instruction either in Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2. In particular, pupils should be taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively such as front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.”
At SVPS we are ahead of the game, having provided swimming teaching that exceeds this incoming requirement for a good number of years.
Teaching starts with the Reception class through to Year 6. It is a great achievement to see pupils from Reception who are scared to get into the water at the beginning of lessons, progress through to confident, able swimmers by the time they leave School. Some pupils who learnt to swim progress onto club swimming as they get older.
Swimming, apart from being a skill for life, is an excellent form of physical exercise as it is non-impact activity and caters for a wide variety of skill levels. It is a skill that opens the doors to a number of other sports and may one day save your life.