18 April, 2009


Plymouth Royal Navy / Royal Marines Swimming Club

The National Curriculum on Primary Swimming.

The quote below was taken from the following website:

website Web Site: INCA - International Review of Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks Internet Archive

Physical education

Within the statutory curriculum for primary level physical education (PE), the National Curriculum sets four targets for swimming, which children are expected to reach by the end of key stage 2 (children aged 7 to 11).  Children should be taught to:

  • Pace themselves in floating and swimming challenges related to speed, distance and personal survival.
  • Swim unaided for a sustained period of time over a distance of at least 25m.
  • Use recognised arm and leg actions lying on their front and back.
  • Use a range of recognised strokes and personal survival skills.  

The above are statutory guidelines.

In addition, the revised National Curriculum introduced some non-statutory guidelines for swimming at key stage 1 (pupils aged 5 to 7 years).

A website, launched in autumn 2002, provides guidance and ideas for teachers to support their planning and teaching of swimming activities and water safety as part of the PE national curriculum. This site can be accessed at:

website Web Site: National Curriculum for England - Safe Swimming

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