Arbourthorne Community Primary School

Arbourthorne Community Primary School

'... a place of joy, inclusivity and learning' OfSTED 2022


At Arbourthorne Community Primary School, children in Year 2 and Year 4 are provided with free swimming lessons. These take place at Springs leisure centre or Ponds Forge.

Pupils are taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres ( one length of the pool)

  • use a range of strokes effectively such as front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke

  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations 

What should my child wear for swimming?

  • If your child is taking part in swimming lessons they will need to wear appropriate swimwear that makes them feel confident and comfortable ( a swimming costume or swim shorts).
  • If pupils are wearing long sleeve tops and leggings then these must be lightweight and swim wear i.e. costume must be worn underneath or on top.
  • Hair must be tied back and no jewellery should be worn on the day.
  • Children should bring s a water bottle in order to keep hydrated after exercise.
Here are some top hints and tips to be aware of when around water...